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Restoration of Our Rivers: Growing Conservation
Annual Conference
Thursday and Friday: October 2 - 3, 2014
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, AR
Thank you for registering for the 2014 Restoration of Our Rivers Annual Conference!  This year's conference will be held at world-renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, located at 600 Museum Way in Bentonville, Arkansas.  If you are coming in from out of town, the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rogers still has a special Restoration of Our Rivers Conference rate if you call in to book your reservation at 479-936-5900.  
Professional development credit available: 6 hours for Thursday only, 10 hours for full conference.  For certificate of completion, please email request to
Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 on Thursday morning just outside of the Great Hall (museum map here), and the conference will get started at 9:00. Guests will not be permitted to enter museum before 8:30 AM.  Click the image below to download the full conference program and agenda.
An evening of art, hors d'oevres, and awards!  Because the museum closes to the public at 6:00 PM, all Illinois River Salon attendees must arrive at the Great Hall by 5:30 PM. The Illinois River Salon and silent auction features 30 paintings of landscapes within the Illinois River Watershed by regionally acclaimed artists.  Paintings will be judged by Crystal Bridges Museum's Assistant Curator, Manuela Well-Off-Man, and Salon winners will be announced and awarded cash prizes for their work.
The IRWP's 2014 Golden Paddle Award recipients will also be recognized for their tremendous efforts in watershed stewardship in the areas of Agriculture, Business, Conservation, Construction, Government, and the Technical/Research/Education field. Business attire is recommended for this evening event. Click the image below to download the Illinois River Salon informational flyer.
Sessions to begin at 9:00 AM and last until 11:45 AM.  Bus tour of Illinois River Watershed conservation projects to follow.  Boxed lunch and transportation provided to those who registered for tour.  Click image below for tour flyer.
If you have any questions regarding this year's conference, please email  We look forward to seeing you this week!
THANK YOU to our SPONSORS who make good things possible:
Cities of Bentonville, Cave Springs, Fayetteville, Gentry, Lowell, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Springdale, Benton and Washington Counties, Walton Family Foundation, Windgate Foundation, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, US EPA, USDA NRCS, Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Arts Council, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Arvest Bank, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, The Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Farm Bureau,  AEP-SWEPCO, McKee Foods, Crafton-Tull, Nestle Waters, Cargill, Del-Monte Foods, George's, Ozark Mountain Foods, John Brown University, Simmons Foods, Cabela's, Southwestern Energy, Tyson Foods, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
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