The Society is sponsoring the 2015 conference, “Born to Burn,” to be held May 28–31 in Tallahassee. The conference will be held in the Downtown Tallahassee Market area. Conference program days are at the Aloft Hotel (mostly) on Friday and the Challenger Learning Center (CLC) on Saturday, with evening venues at the Capital Building, Wakulla Springs State Park and Tall Timbers Research Station. The hotel for the conference will be the Aloft, located a few blocks from the Downtown MarketPlace and an easy walk to the CLC on Saturday. Conference field trips and workshops are Thursday and Sunday and will leave from the Aloft parking lot. Speakers and workshops will be available on Friday and Saturday. FNPS members of chapters in Northwest Florida will assist with the conference to promote the mission of FNPS.
Some events will be held at various locations on Friday, such as FSU (Transcription Blitz) and elsewhere. All events on Saturday will be at Challenger Learning Center. Conference program days are $85 for each day. Various lunch options will be available from a wide variety of vendors that will suit various dietary needs.
The conference field trips are offered in association with the Friday and Saturday program days. They are meant to provide hands-on education that enhances the lecture/program. They are offered at no additional charge with your paid program days. Some trips may have site-specific fees, which are due and payable by each participant during the trip. These include parking or park entrance fees and are listed in the field trip descriptions.
Vendors and exhibitors will have two options for tabling. The Tallahassee MarketPlace has been hosting and open market and vendors at the Chain of Parks, which is located between the Aloft Hotel and the Challenger Learning Center. So vendors may sell or exhibit in the park for a mere $30 per 10' x 10' tent on Saturday. Alternatively, traditional space is available at Aloft on Friday or at the Challenger Learning Center on Saturday. These indoor spaces are available for the price of conference admission.
May 28 - May 31, 2015 Place it on your calendar!
Make your hotel reservations now. The FNPS Conference rate is $94 per night. You must book by May 6th to get this price! Just call the hotel directly and ask for the FNPS rate. Book now by calling 877-GO-ALOFT. Also, the Aloft is pet-friendly. So, if you had to leave your furry friend behind, you can bring him or her along! (No extra fees even!) YAY!
2016 at Daytona Beach is also in early planning stages.
May 19-21, 2016. Daytona Beach Resort. Sponsored by the Paw Paw Chapter.