11th Annual Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs Conference
This dynamic conference is for professionals and partner organizations who coordinate, administer, or host training and volunteer programs in natural resource conservation and education. It is also ideal for those interested in developing such a program. Come and join us at Montgomery Bell State Park near Nashville, Tennessee to gain knowledge from a diverse range of programs, network with colleagues, and obtain valuable tools to enhance your existing program or develop a new one.
The Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs (ANROSP) is a national alliance of adult natural resource education and stewardship programs, including Master Naturalists, Master Watershed Stewards, Coverts, Woodland Advisor, and more. ANROSP facilitates networking and exchange of information and resources among coordinators of citizen-based environmental education programs across the United States, helping create healthy ecosystems and communities through citizens who learn, teach, and practice natural resource stewardship. Visit our website at www.anrosp.org to learn more.
Speakers will share their knowledge on this topic and others that are critical for the management of service and outreach programs. Workshops, roundtable discussions, off-site education, and informal sessions will provide ample opportunity to share and learn from each other.
Off-site field trips this year include Harpeth River State Park and Long Hunter State Park. At Harpeth River State Park we will visit Mound Bottom, a large Mississippian Period town and ceremonial site located on the Harpeth River in Cheatham County, Tennessee. The town is probably more than a thousand years old, estimated to have been populated between around 900 AD and 1300 AD based on radio carbon dating. The site contains 14 mounds surrounding a plaza area, including a large platform mound. This mound probably supported the house of the town leader and/or a town house or temple used for civic or religious purposes. Results of archaeological excavations conducted in 1926 indicate that all of the mounds around the plaza supported some type of buildings, possibly the homes of town officials. Most of the people lived in houses arranged in rows outside the mounds around the plaza. The town was enclosed on the north, east, and south sides by a wooden palisade. For additional information, visit the following website: www.nativehistoryassociation.org/moundbottom.php
Also at the Harpeth River State Park we will visit the Narrows of the Harpeth. Located in the Narrows is a 100 yard tunnel, hand cut through solid rock in 1818 and was one of the great engineering feats of the time and is today an industrial landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Montgomery Bell an early iron industrialist, was so proud of his steel mill that he lived within the sound of this waterfall and is buried across the river from the tunnel.
At Long Hunter State Park we will visit a cedar glade. A cedar glade is a habitat type unique to the central eastern U.S. where limestone bedrock occurs near or at the surface. Therefore there is very shallow soil or exposed bedrock which creates a unique environment. For additional information, check out www.mtsu.edu/mtsucee/cedar_glades.php, the Center for Cedar Glades Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.
Programs can renew their annual membership with the conference registration. Please coordinate with others from your program to make sure only one person per group is paying for the annual membership.
Programmatic members are $150 per year
New First Year Membership is $100 per year
Friend of ANROSP individual membership $50 per year
A program that shares the Alliance’s mission of promoting awareness and citizen stewardship of natural resources through science-based education and service programs is eligible for a Program membership in ANROSP. Membership at this level affords many benefits.
To be eligible for Program Membership, programs must meet all of the following criteria:
1 have a natural resource focus;
2 be community-based;
3 offer a minimum of 20 hours of service-oriented education and training;
4 include a field component, either self-study or expert led, as part of that training;
5 may not be a for-profit organization.
New program membership applications will be reviewed by the Membership Committee and approved by the ANROSP Board of Directors.
Annual program membership: $150
Introductory Program Membership (first year only): $100
Join as a friend if you want to be associated with ANROSP but are not administering a volunteer or service program. Examples of Friends are, but are not limited to, donors, volunteers or partners. Membership at the Friends level affords you website publicity, the opportunity to nominate for awards. . There are no voting privileges at this level.
Annual membership: $50
Lodging is available at Montgomery Bell State Park Inn. The rates are $84 plus 14.75% tax per room per night, single or double occupancy. If you are paying with a government credit card, bring a tax exemption certificate from your state and save the state sales tax. Call (615) 797-3101 to reserve your room. The group reservation is under the name ANROSP.
The conference fee of $150.00 includes coffee, Danish, juice, muffins, and hot tea on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, a BBQ outing on Tuesday evening (complete with a band), and an awards breakfast on Thursday morning. It also includes the field trips.
The restaurant at the Inn will be open and will be available for all meals not covered by the conference fee.
2015 ANROSP Conference
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - Thursday, September 17, 2015
1000 Hotel Aenue
Burns, Tennessee 37029