2012 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

Loveland, Colorado
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Rendezvous in the Rockies
2012 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:00 AM -
Friday, June 22, 2012 7:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Embassy Suites Loveland
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, Colorado 80538
United States

Map and Directions

The 2012 Conference is 2 months away. We are approaching 400 attendees. The Embassy Suites is full on Monday night, and rapidly approaching full on the other nights. Please call this number to check for availability of rooms at the Embassy 970-612-2399. It takes you directly to the front desk. Do not use their national phone number. Below are a list of neighboring hotels. We would recommend the first two as they are the closest to the Embassy. Please share this information with others who may want to attend. We have also included information on shipping items to conference.

Neighboring Hotels:
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Loveland
6092 E Crossroads Blvd, Loveland, CO .5 mi S
(970) 663-0057
Hiexpress.com $155 these are suites say you are with Ag in the Classroom  

Candlewood Suites Extended Stay Hotel Loveland
6046 E Crossroads Blvd, Loveland, CO .5 mi S
(970) 667-5444
Candlewoodsuites.com $109 both king/queen  

At the Outlet Mall:
Residence Inn Loveland Fort Collins
5450 Mcwhinney Boulevard, Loveland, CO 3 mi S
(970) 622-7000
Residenceinnloveland.com $159/169  

Best Western Inn
5542 East US Highway 34, Loveland, CO
(970) 661-1047
Bwloveland.com 109 3 mi  

Fairfield Inn & Suites Loveland Fort Collins
1710 Foxtrail Drive, Loveland, CO 3 mi S
(970) 461-1000
Fairfieldloveland.com  $129  

Hampton Inn Loveland
5500 Stone Creek Circle, Loveland, CO
(970) 593-1400
Hamptoninn.hilton.com $139 queen or king    

North, at the Windsor exit:
7645 Westgate Drive, Fort Collins, CO 7.1 mi NE
(800) 634-3444 americinn 3.5 miles N ~ $ 115  

Shipping Instructions:
Items for the 2012 National Ag in the Classroom Conference should be shipped to:
2012 NAITC c/o LeeAnn Bee
5749 Legacy Ln
Fort Collins, CO 80524  

Exhibitors: boxes should be labeled as EXHIBITOR - (exhibitor name)
State participants: boxes should be labeled by STATE and FUNCTION (workshop, breakfast, tabletop, silent auction etc.) and numbered if appropriate.
Presenters: boxes should be labeled as PRESENTER with workshop number and last name.

If boxes contain anything that is perishable like chocolate that could melt, wine, etc. Then boxes should be marked perishable. Please plan to have them arrive the week before the conference ~ June 11-15.

Return shipping will be available at the hotel. You will need a FedEX number to charge the shipping to and that can be obtained online at FedEX.

Rendezvous in the Rockies
to trade ideas about agricultural literacy!

Join us in Loveland, Colorado June 19 through 22, 2012
for the 2012 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.

Engaging, interactive workshops will share methods for incorporating real-life agricultural applications into classroom style language arts, math, nutrition, science and social studies lessons. Resource materials from across the nation will be available along with links to useful web sites.

Rendezvous in the Rockies is hosted by Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom and the Western Region Agriculture in the Classroom. The Western Region AITC includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

Each year the national AITC conference is held to share ideas and resources. Attending is a benefit for educators of all grade levels, administrators, curriculum developers, career guidance counselors, teacher aides and substitute teachers, AITC volunteers, agricultural science teachers, extension educators, agricultural industry representatives, STEM educators, university staff and instructors, state AITC contacts and AITC board members.

Pre-Conference Tours
Pre- and Post-Conference Tours are $90.00
Guests are welcome


We will be guided on a hike in the Canyon Lakes District of the Roosevelt National Forest by members of the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers. PWV volunteers will share Leave No Trace (LNT) principles. Learn how we preserve Colorado's pristine wilderness areas while enjoying the resource. Hike leaders will share information and identification of flora and fauna while demonstrating Leave No Trace.

This tour will take us to Rocky Mountain National Park where we'll be introduced to facts and features of this world-renown park. We'll then go to the historic Stanley Hotel for lunch. The Stanley, if you're a Steven King fan, has a ghostly history and a reputation for good food and dining service. We'll have a couple of hours of free time to explore the town of Estes Park which is filled with one-of-a-kind shops.

When all is said and done, there is more to say and do! Actually if you choose to join us on this tour we recommend extending your stay at the Embassy Suites at least one more night! This post conference tour, as you can tell by the theme, is the grand finale. We'll head north from the hotel to the Anheuser Busch Research Center and Anheuser Busch Brewery. From here, we'll head into Fort Collins to one of the micro-breweries for beer sampling and dinner. Fort Collins is making a name for itself in the world of micro-breweries. We'll learn what is involved in filling this niche. The tour will conclude at the Embassy Suites Loveland.

Workshop, Mini-Workshop & Workshop-on-Wheels Selections
Attendees will be able to select the Mini-Workshops, Workshops and Workshops-on-Wheels to attend when registering or when checking in and picking up credentials at the conference. Find the Workshops, Mini-Workshops and Workshops-on Wheels descriptions in the Workshop Selections section. You will be able to select one morning Workshop, one afternoon Workshop, one morning Mini-Workshop, one afternoon Mini-Workshop and one Workshop-on-Wheels Tour.

Continuing Education Credits for Educators
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado is partnering with Colorado AITC in certifying this conference for continuing education credits. There will be an additional charge payable onsite with completion of the Colorado State University application form. The application will be available when you pick up your conference credentials.

Colorado Educators
A limited number of scholarships are available for Colorado teachers. Your first step is to apply for the scholarship. That means you are registered with CFA as a teacher. Once we receive your application for scholarship we will email you with instructions to complete your registration. Click here to link to the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture web site.

You can register as an exhibitor at the conference. State AITC contacts can reserve space for no charge. The fee for non-AITC contacts is $100. Each exhibit space includes one 6-foot by 30-inch clothed display table. Exhibit tables are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

In June 2012, more than 400 enthusiastic educators and administrators from across the nation will converge in Colorado to share resources, lessons, and innovations promoting the importance of agriculture in everyone's lives. Attendees will return home to share what they have learned with students. Thousands will be impacted. This important event is made possible through the generous contributions of sponsoring partners committed to the education of agriculture. Review the sponsorship opportunities section of the website. Please contact me with any questions and thank you in advance for your generous support!
Bette Blinde, Colorado AgriCULTURE in the Classroom, bblinde@growingyourfuture.com, 970-881-2902

Registration Costs
Full Registration:
          By April 16 $375.00
          By May 14 $425.00
          After May 14 $475.00*
Single Day Registration (Wednesday):
          By April 16 $175.00
          By May 14 $200.00
          After May 14 $225.00*
Single Day Registration (Thursday or Friday):
          By April 16 $100.00
          By May 14 $125.00
          After May 14 $150.00*
Optional Tours (Pre- and Post-conference): $90.00* per person
Guest Tickets: Range from $60.00 to $100.00* per person per event
Commercial Exhibitor Fees (full registration required): Table Top $100.00*
Table Top displays for state contacts: Free
*Processing and transaction fees are in addition to registration fees


Contact Information

  • Colorado Foundation for Agriculture

    Mailing address:
    P.O. Box 10
    Livermore, CO 80536

    Phone: 970-881-2902
    Email: bblinde@growingyourfuture.com

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