Scroll down or click the links below to read answers to frequently asked questions about the Watershed Leadership Conference.
Who attends the conference?
Each year the conference brings over a hundred individual attendees from a variety of backgrounds together to share, network, and learn. Participants include agency employees, teachers, elected officials, scientists, lawyers, engineers, concerned citizens, nature lovers, and other eco-minded folks.
What happens at the conference?
Conference participants receive professional development training from experts on the newest ideas and innovations in science, community organizing, and environmental policy work. It's a great opportunity for professional development as well as a chance to get together with eco-minded people to socialize, celebrate our victories, share our challenges, and have a good time. Days are packed with informative education sessions and each night features a different form of entertainment.
Conference Costs and Payment
How much does it cost to register for the conference?
Participants can register for the entire conference or for individual days. The costs are as follows:
- Full conference registration--$150
- Alabama Rivers Alliance member registration--$125
- Friday-only registration--$35
- Saturday-only registration--$85
- Sunday-only registration--$60
What is included in my registration fees?
Conference registration fees include admission to the conference sessions and related events, session materials, meals, and entertainment. Lodging is not included.
How much does lodging cost?
Lodging is available at Camp McDowell. The costs are as follows:
- Double room--$42/person/night
- Single Room--$85/person/night
- Dorm Room--$20/person/night
If I register online, do I have to pay online?
No. Once you've filled out the registration online and clicked submit, you are registered. You may close your browser window when it redirects you to a Paypal screen. Your registration fees will be listed as unpaid and you can mail a check or pay at the door. If paying by check, please note "conference fees" on the memo line and mail to the Alabama Rivers Alliance at 2027 2nd Ave North, Suite A, Birmingham, AL 35203.
Are scholarships available?
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we are able to offer scholarships to qualified applicants for some or all of their conference costs. Click here to apply.
Who can qualify for scholarships?
Anyone who stands to benefit from attending the conference who might be prohibited from doing so for financial reasons can apply for a scholarship. The only requirement is that applicants pay $10 student/low income dues to become members of the Alabama Rivers Alliance. The purpose of the conference is to inform Alabama's citizens about their environment and we strive to make it possible for anyone interested in attending the conference to get there.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
When will I know if I have received a scholarship?
Scholarship awards will be announced by Friday, February 24, 2013.
How much of my conference expenses will my scholarship cover?
Scholarships may cover some or part of the costs of attending the conference. The amount for each individual will be determined based on 1. individual need 2. the number of qualified applicants and 3. the availability of funding from our conference sponsors.
At the Conference
What is the conference schedule?
How do I get to Camp McDowell?
Can I attend just part of the conference without paying for the whole thing?
Yes. The option for individual day(s) at discounted rates is available when you register online.
Do I have to choose between the science, policy, and organizing tracks, or can I mix and match sessions?
No. You can pick and choose the sessions that interest you.
What should I pack for the conference?
Conference attire is mostly casual and comfortable shoes are a must as it is a walkable event. We also ask that you bring a water bottle and coffee mug so that we can make the conference greener by not using anything disposable.
Here is a list of handy items to bring:
- Comfortable shoes for walking
- Comfortable, casual attire for attending sessions and going on field trips
- Water bottle
- Coffee mug
- Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen, and/or bug repellent
- A notebook and pen for taking notes and writing down questions
- An open mind ready to share, learn, and grow!