There’s nothing quite like the TU Annual Meeting to get you excited for another great year of conservation. Save the date today and plan to join TU in Northwest Arkansas October 2-6 as we kick things up a notch with the help of volunteers from the Arkansas Council and the local chapters.
You’ll be treated to once-in-a-lifetime fishing opportunities on the White River system – the tailwaters of legend where monstrous trout are brought to net each week. You’ll see first-hand how conservation partnerships are making a difference to keep these amazing rivers clean, cold, and ideal for trout.
You’ll hear from Chris Wood on the State of Trout Unlimited and celebrate all we have accomplished together to make a difference in rivers and streams across the country. You’ll discuss critical issues in coldwater conservation with TU’s volunteer army, expert staff and scientists, and partners from state and federal agencies.
Most importantly, you’ll meet hundreds of folks just like you who share your passion and live the motto: “Take care of the fish, and the fishing will take care of itself.”
Lodging for the 2019 Annual Meeting is provided by Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers, Arkansas. We have secured a discounted room rate of $159 per night for our meeting attendees. The discounted room rate expires on Sept. 3.
To make your reservation, click here to book a room online, or call (479) 254-8400 and provide the group code “Trout”.
Flights to the 2019 Annual Meeting should be made into the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) which connects to all major hubs and has frequent arrival and departure times.
The airport is a short 10-mile, 20-minute drive to the Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. For those not renting a car, taxi service is available from/to the airport and typically costs approximately $35-$40 per trip.
You can also fly into Springfield, Mo, home of the “grandaddy of all outoor stores” – the Bass Pro Shop mothership. It’s just about a whole day seeing everything there, but when you’re ready to move on you can visit Branson, Table Rock Lake and the famous Taneycomo tailwater on your way down to Rogers. Trust us on this one – you’ll want to spend some time poking around, and maybe wetting a line.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Optional Day of Fishing: Wade the nearby Beaver Tailwater with local volunteers or enjoy a float trip down the White River with hired guides.
Thursday, Oct. 3
Conservation Tour: Spend the day learning what it takes to keep these incredible tailwater streams cold, clear and clean with the local TU volunteers who make it possible. You’ll join partners in conservation to learn about watershed-wide efforts to protect the White River, and see active in-stream construction efforts to improve trout habitat.
Tailgate Party & BBQ: One thing the Arkansas Razorback fans know how to do is throw a good tailgater! Join your new friends from the local TU community as they treat you to a fun, festive dinner full of great food, cold drinks and lots of laughs.
Friday, Oct. 4
The Business of Conservation: Step into the National Leadership Council business meetings throughout the day to see first-hand how volunteers are driving the discussion on issues like Climate Change, Native Trout, Diversity and more.
Conservation Luncheon & Senior Staff Q&A: Enjoy lunch and a discussion with hundreds of conservationists and anglers like you. Have the chance to ask your question of our panel of senior staff, including TU President & CEO Chris Wood.
Volunteer Awards Dinner: Join us to celebrate TU’s heroes of conservation and education as we recognize the people who make our local chapters and state councils tick.
Saturday, Oct. 5
State of TU Keynote: Hear directly from Chris Wood, President & CEO, the difference we are making together across the country in this riveting and inspiring presentation. You’ll see our efforts in action from Alaska to Georgia, Maine to Arizona and everywhere in between.
STREAM Kids: Bring your family and friends to a great outdoor environmental education day along the nearby Osage Creek where we’ll have time to explore the creatures and critters in the stream, learn a lesson or two about healthy streams and watersheds, and spend some time casting and fishing for bass and bluegill. Ideal for ages 7-12.
Arkansas Council Fundraising Banquet: Close out the week of events and activities with a bang! Join us as we gather one final time to enjoy each other’s company and support the incredible work of our Arkansas volunteers.