Thursday, March 28, 2013

April PA Watersheds Conference Fees Reduced, Registration Deadline Extended

The April 5-6 Pennsylvania Watersheds Advocate, Communicate, Transform Conference registration fees have been reduced and the deadline to  sign up has been extended through Monday, April 1.  
Student registration is now only $10.  Non-profit representatives can get in for a  mere $25.  Don't miss this opportunity to  learn new skills to advance the mission of your non-profit organization.  
Special registration rates are available for Conservation District Watershed Specialists, and West Branch Susquehanna  Restoration Coalition members.
Advocate, Communicate, Transform (ACT!), to be held at the Nittany Lion Inn, State College, PA, is a unique and exciting  gathering where we will celebrate the good work being done by our water watchdogs, learn from each other how best to solve the myriad of challenges  facing clean water advocates, hear from experts in advocacy, and build  collective solutions to shared challenges.
Sponsors of the Conference include the Foundation for  Pennsylvania Watersheds, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris  University, the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, and the Colcom Foundation.
The agenda was guided by a steering committee composed of representatives of  Trout Unlimited, the Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Coalitions for Abandoned  Mine Reclamation, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and the Fayette County Conservation District.
Join us as we welcome keynote  speaker Josh McNeil of the PA League of Conservation Voters who will tell us about  current issues and how to best take action!
Nationally recognized expert on nonprofit advocacy, Marcia Avner, will share time-tested principles of effective advocacy.
Ten workshops  present a variety of opportunities for gathering new information about  environmental issues or helping to further your effectiveness as an advocate,  board member, or environmental champion.
Topics include implementing abandoned  mine drainage education programs, how to advocate for policy changes that  protect water quality, why Federal Environmental Good Samaritan protection is  important to you, how to promote your organization and mission through social  media, how to communicate through conflict, and much more.  
There will also be a networking reception and  a poster session.
Although the deadline to reserve a room has passed, special  rates were offered at the Nittany Lion Inn and if you act fast, may still be  available. The Block Code to use to receive the group rate is FOUD13A.  Reservations can be made online at or by calling 800-233-7505 using the code.  
To Register, call the Bayer Center for  Nonprofit Management at 412-397-6000 or go to the Conference registration webpage.

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