Special Events

Special events offer additional opportunities to engage with others at the conference. Sign up for these events as part of regular online conference registration. 

restaurant table and bar

Affiliates' Dinner

Date and Time: 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Price: 

$37

Join Affiliate leaders for a networking dinner at Luigi's Itallian Restaurant, within easy walking distance of the Spokane Convention Center. The Italian buffet includes a choice of three entrees, salad, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately. Price includes tax and tip.
New this year: Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.
No cancellations or refunds after September 25.

Authors' Corner

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

$35 for participating authors (sign up online with conference registration)

Authors can interact with conference attendees and promote, sign, and sell their publications in the Authors' Corner. This informal event occurs during the opening reception and is an opportunity to share your recent published works. Participants stop by for casual conversation about your work. Purchase your table by August 24 to be listed in the conference program.
$35 includes table and chairs, sign, and program listing.

Please note that, while sales are encouraged, the Authors' Corner is not generally a high-volume sales event. Authors must provide their own books and handle their own sales.

Opening Reception

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Meet new colleagues and greet returning ones as you enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, along with the Share Fair, Authors' Corner, and more. Home state highlights this year include live raptors from the Spokane's own West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, and three Karelian Bear Dogs: Jax, Cash, and Indy, and their handlers, Keith Kirsch and Rich Beausoleil. Learn about Washington's unusual and highly successful program, which provides a nonlethal option for handling interactions between wildlife and humans. Immediately following the reception, the conference formally opens. Executive Director Judy Braus will welcome participants and introduce our extraordinary keynote speaker, Brady Walkinshaw.

Share Fair

Date and Time: 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Price: 

$35 to host a table (sign up online with conference registration)

At the Share Fair, nonprofit organizations highlight their successful programs and inspiring ideas through tabletop displays, hands-on interaction, and engaging conversations. This event occurs during the opening reception and is an opportunity to share your work with conference attendees. Purchase your table by August 24 to be listed in the conference program.

$35 includes table and chairs, sign, and program listing.

Exhibit Fair Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:45pm to 2:15pm

Price: 

Included with full conference or Thursday registration (guest tickets, $42)

Chat with exhibitors, review the Poster Presentations, find out what your state Affiliate is up to, bid on a prize auction item, and more—all during the Exhibit Fair luncheon.

Environmental Professionals of Color National Business Meeting

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 3:20pm to 4:00pm

The annual business meeting of the Environmental Professionals of Color (EPOC) is open to all EPOC members and potential members. Participants will build community connections, discuss lessons learned, and identify potential priority areas for the next year. EPOC is a program of the Center for Diversity & the Environment.

HHMI BioInteractive Movie Night

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5:45pm to 7:00pm

Price: 

Free

HHMI BioInteractive develops educational films capturing the essence of scientific thinking and the thrill of scientific discovery. Come enjoy some of HHMI's newest films highlighting ecology and conservation biology, and featuring the work of Dr. Manuel Leal, who studies the behavioral ecology of lizards in Puerto Rico. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, the screening, and a discussion session with special guests. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

Beer glasses

Spokane Suds Stroll

Date and Time: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Price: 

$45

What better way to meet new colleagues than to spend your open evening networking over a few drinks? Join the Suds Stroll and visit three nearby Spokane nightspots to enjoy beer, cocktails, dinner, and great conversation. The venues were selected for their local flavor; some emphasize organic and locally sourced ingredients. Must be 21 or over. Price includes one drink per venue, hearty appetizers, and tax, and tip. All venues are within walking distance.

Annual Gala and Stapp Scholarship Auction

Date and Time: 

Friday, October 12, 2018, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Location: 

Marlin Woldson Theater at the Fox

Price: 

Included with full conference or Friday registration (guest tickets, $50)

Dust off your flapper duds and grab your party gear. Enter the Roaring ‘20s and ‘30s on Friday, October 12, when you swing into Spokane’s beautiful art deco Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Enjoy great food, a live performance by The Good Company, and our fun-filled auction.

Awards Luncheon

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Price: 

Included with full conference or Saturday registration (guest tickets, $42)

The conference culminates with the annual awards ceremony and luncheon featuring the presentation of the Walter E. Jeske Award, NAAEE's highest honor, and an inspiring panel of young leaders selected from NAAEE's "30 under 30."