Program

WAFWA 2019 Annual Conference

The following schedule is subject to change (as of April 10, 2019); please check back for updates. 

The dress code is business casual throughout the meeting. The dress code for the Awards Dinner is business professional.

Now Accepting Related Meeting Requests. Committees and working groups, universities, organizations, agencies, and others interested in holding a meeting or social function in association with the WAFWA Summer Meeting should fill out the related meeting request form. Space is limited; requests for meeting space will be handled in the order they are received. Every effort will be made to accommodate all meeting/function setups as requested, but priority will be given to meetings and functions requested by May 17th. Download the related meeting request form

Thursday, July 11, 2019
3:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open TBD
5:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open TBD
Friday, July 12, 2019
7:00am - 12:00pm Joint Directors' and Commissioners' Retreat (invitation only) Offsite
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open TBD
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
12:00pm - 5:00pm Joint Directors' and Commissioners' Meeting (invitation only) Offsite
5:00pm - 9:00pm Directors’ and Commissioners’ Reception and Dinner (invitation only) Offsite
5:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open TBD
Saturday, July 13, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only) TBD
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet TBD
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open TBD
7:30am - 9:30pm Law Enforcement Chiefs Retreat Offsite
7:30am - 9:30pm Wildlife Chiefs Retreat Offsite
7:45am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: Kayak the Kaw 
Fee: $15pp (Price includes transportation, snacks, beverages and kayak rental; lunch and wine will be at your own expense)
 
Meet in the lobby for a 7:45 a.m. departure. Join Little Apple Paddlers on the Kansas River to set a new World Record, “Longest Canoe/Kayak Parade”. This 10-mile water trail will start your day off right. After paddling we will grab lunch in downtown Manhattan to dine like a local. We will end the day trip at Oz Winery, where there is no place like Kansas to relax and “wine” down.  
{Activity Level: the kayak trip is geared toward all levels, however please take note this is a 10-mile trail}
Offsite
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:00am - 5:00pm Fisheries Chiefs Retreat Offsite
8:00am - 5:00pm Commissioners' Committee Meeting TBD
9:00am - 12:00pm Exhibitor Set-up TBD
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Buffet TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) TBD
12:00pm - 5:00pm Exhibits Open TBD
1:00pm - 5:00pm Directors' Forum TBD
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break TBD
8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open TBD
Sunday, July 14, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only) TBD
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet TBD
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open TBD
7:30am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open TBD
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering Hotel Lobby
8:15am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: Flint Hills Tour
Fee: $58pp (Price includes transportation, snacks, beverages, sack lunch ziplining & gratuity; winery will be at your own expense)
 
Meet in the lobby for an 8:15 a.m. departure. Join us for a tour of the world-famous Flint Hills. We will start by ziplining at Wildwood Adventure Park (https://www.mhkadventures.com/safety-park-policies). If you think the Flint Hills are breathtaking from the road, wait until you see them from the sky. As we catch our breath, we will head to the Tallgrass Prairie Natural Preserve to see and feel the beauty of this ecosystem. As we make our way back to Manhattan we will stop in at Liquid Art Winery. 
{Zipline Requirements: close-toed shoes; max weight of 275 lbs.)
Offsite
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break  TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch Buffet TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) TBD
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break TBD
6:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome Reception TBD
8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open TBD
Monday, July 15, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' ESA-SARA Working Group Breakfast (invitation only) TBD
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet TBD
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open TBD
7:00am - 5:00pm Exhibits Open TBD
8:00am - 9:00am Guest Gathering TBD
8:00am - 12:00pm Plenary Session  TBD
8:45am - 4:00pm Guest Field Trip: History and Heritage Tour 
Fee: $50pp (Price includes transportation, snacks, beverages, museum admission, lunch, art class) 
 
Meet in the lobby for an 8:45 a.m. departure. This tour will start in Abilene, home of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. This newly renovated museum will make sure you leave saying “I like Ike”.  This campus is also home to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Boyhood Home and the Place of Meditation. Next stop, Little Sweden, Lindsborg Kansas. We’ll start by eating a Swedish lunch in the castle at Coronado Heights. With full bellies we head to Hemslöjd, Dala Horse Factory for a tour. Next stop, Small World Gallery, home of National Geographic Photographer Jim Richardson. Choose between 2 classes, Bead Soup class, constructing your own piece of jewelry or a book making class to construct a journal. This stop will conclude with time to shop and explore. VÄLKOMMEN! 
Offsite
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break  TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Attendee Lunch On Your Own N/A
2:30pm - 3:30pm Refreshment Break TBD
5:30pm - 9:00pm

WAFWA Awards Reception & Dinner
Join us to honor those nominated for special awards. Cocktails and dinner to follow. 

Offsite 
8:00pm - 11:00pm Hospitality Suite Open TBD
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
7:00am - 8:00am Directors' Breakfast (invitation only) TBD
7:00am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast Buffet TBD
7:00am - 12:00pm Exhibits Open TBD
7:00am - 1:00pm Registration Desk & Business Center Open TBD
9:30am - 10:30am Refreshment Break TBD
10:00am - 5:00pm WAFWA Business Meeting - all welcome to attend! TBD
12:00pm - 1:00pm Directors' Lunch (invitation only) TBD


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