Conference Information 2019
Registration is open
Please note that no refunds for cancellation can be issued after August 17.
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Some fun facts about Minnesota are the word Minnesota comes from the Dakota name for Minnesota River. The river got its name from one of two words in the Dakota language, meaning "clear blue water". Minnesota is also home to the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester nearby the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
Minnesota's first state park, Itasca State Park, was established in 1891 and is the source of the Mississippi River. Today, Minnesota has 72 state parks and recreation areas, 58 state forests covering about four million acres, and numerous state wildlife preserves, all managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. There are 5.5 million acres in the Chippewa and Superior national forests. The Superior National Forest in the northeast contains the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which encompasses over a million acres and a thousand lakes. To its west is Voyageurs National Park. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA), is a 72-mile-long corridor along the Mississippi River through the Minneapolis–St. Paul Metropolitan Area connecting a variety of sites of historic, cultural, and geologic interest. Rooms are the Hyatt at the conference rate are available for three days before and three days after the conference while they last if you want to explore the area.