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Look for the return of Living in the Avon Hills in January of 2018!

2016 Conference Information:

The Great Hall, SJU | Campus Map

Registration is now closed for 2016.

- Mail-In Registration Form
- Online Registration Form
  Secure credit card transaction
- Full Conference Brochure        
(PDF, 4 pages)
- Session Descriptions
(PDF, 2 pages)

Keynote: Stan Tekiela  -  back by popular demand!

Stan Tekiela, author, photographer, naturalist   Feathers: a beautiful look at a bird's most unique feature. By Stan Tekiela

Feathers: A beautiful look at a bird's most unique feature (based on Stan's new book Feathers)

Every bird is covered with thousands of feathers. Each of these feathers is a combination of incredible engineering and absolute beauty. Feathers help birds keep cool on hot summer days, warm on cold winter nights, and they protect birds from harmful ultraviolet light from the sun. Birds use their feathers to attract mates during breeding season. Feathers also help to conceal nesting birds that are incubating precious eggs. And let’s not forget that feathers give birds the ultimate freedom—flight. This presentation is stunningly illustrated with hundreds of feathers and fun facts all delivered with Stan’s fun sense of humor and playfulness.

Visit Stan Tekiela's website.

Registration and Prices

Pre-registration is now closed. Walk-in Adult registration is welcome on Saturday.

  • Online Registration
    Secure credit card transaction  
  • Mail-in Registration

Conference registration fee includes: keynote, entrance to four sessions, access to exhibitors, lunch, refreshments at registration & breaks, materials, & handouts.

If registered by Jan 22 (by mail) or
Jan 27 (online):
  • $20 - Adults
  • $10 - Children, ages 5-15
If registered after noon on Jan 27 or
  • $35 - Adults
  • No Children walk-in registration


2016 Conference Schedule: 

Session Descriptions

8:00 - 9:00
9:00 - 10:30
Keynote Address
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:45
Session I  
11:45 - 1:00
1:00 - 1:45
Session II
1:45 - 2:15
2:15 - 3:00
Session III
3:00 - 3:30
3:30 - 4:15
Session IV

Funding for the 2016 conference provided by:

Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund Thirdstreet Brewhouse

Blattner EnergyWestwood

St. Cloud Subaru