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Specific session information will continue to be made as conference gets closer.

View the 2016 conference agenda

OWAA Board Meeting
Members welcome to attend

Registration

Becoming an Outdoors Communicator Workshop
This free, three-hour workshop, open to the public, will feature some of OWAA’s most prolific and best-known communicators who explain the ins and outs of their area of expertise. This year’s topics include opportunities in outdoor organizations, newspapers, photography, radio, state conservation agencies, nonprofits and the outdoor industry. Please join Pat Wray and fellow OWAA members for this popular prelude to the OWAA conference.

Pre-conference Workshops

Green Ribbon Meeting
First-time at an OWAA conference? Haven’t been in a while? Join program chair Paul Queneau and conference planner Jessica Seitz who explain the ins and outs of the conference and what the “can’t miss’ events are. Meet other OWAA members happy to act as mentors to help you navigate your first conference.

Dinner out in Downtown Duluth
Meet up with old friends and make new ones while experiencing some of the great dining options, breweries and distilleries in Downtown Duluth.

President’s Hospitality Suite
Celebrate as we toast OWAA President Brett Prettyman for his service over the past year.

Registration (Daily) 

Coffee Break Station (Daily)

Opening Breakfast

Keynote

3-Day Displays (Daily) 

EIC Winners Showroom (Daily)

Press Room (Daily)

Sessions

Spouse/Partner/Family Welcome
Welcome event for all spouses, partners, families and guests. Meet new people and become reacquainted with others. Find out what opportunities are available to you throughout the conference. A Visit Duluth representative will be on hand to help you plan additional activities.

Brown Bag Discussion Lunch
Pick up a sack lunch and then join a table for a small group discussion with key experts on various business and news topics. The list of topics is available in your registration packet and on each table. Switch tables as often as you desire to participate in a variety of discussions or to interview table hosts.

Sessions

OWAA Membership Meeting
OWAA members are invited to a business meeting hosted by OWAA board president Brett Prettyman and executive director Tom Sadler. Learn how OWAA has been working for you and its short-term and long-term goals. Voice your feedback in this open forum for general discussion and suggestions.

Welcome Dinner

Hospitality Suites

Roll n Run

Registration (Daily)

3-Day Displays (Daily)

EIC Winners Showroom (Daily)

Press Room (Daily)

Coffee Break Station (Daily)

Breakfast

Breakout Day
United Northern Sportsmen Club
Learn about and test the latest firearms and outdoor gear from OWAA supporters and local companies. Dip your toes in the water, paddle around in a kayak or cast a line with our fishing and watercraft manufacturers. Visit with outdoor destination representatives, take a test drive or brush up on the most recent happenings with our outdoor organizations. And don’t forget to grab your contest score sheet and track points for the Outdoor Skills Contest!

Section meetings
United Northern Sportsmen Club

Lunch at Breakout Day

Sessions

Silent Auction

Circle of Chiefs Meeting 

Supporting Group Business Meeting
Employees of supporting groups, agencies and businesses are invited to a business meeting hosted by the supporting group liaison to the board Katie McKalip and OWAA executive director Tom Sadler. An open forum for general discussion and suggestions is welcome.

EIC Awards Dinner & Party
Celebrate our members’ best work from the past year at this fun and entertaining show. After enjoying an audio-video presentation of the award-winners’ work, we’ll eat, drink and dance the night away to live local music!

Hospitality Suites

Registration

3-Day Displays

EIC Winners Showroom

Press Room

Coffee Break Station

Silent Auction

OWAA Board Meeting

Breakfast

Sessions

Lunch

Sessions

Meet/Ask the Editors
Hear book publishers and acquisitions editors of outdoors publications discuss their editorial needs and how to sell your work. Then we will open the floor to questions from you! This Q&A style session will be followed by a Meet & Greet to meet our panel of editors and publishers face-to-face. Clip boxes will be available for you to leave samples for any of our editors or publishers.

Photo Scavenger Hunt Critique
Win cash and prizes from behind the lens! All attending members are encouraged to enter this fun contest in which professional and amateur photographers submit just one frame of each of the five required subjects, forcing them to “get it right” on a tight deadline. Doubling as both the annual entertaining critique of scavenger hunt entries and a general photo critique, two of OWAA’s top photographers tell us what they like and didn’t like about each photo helping everyone improve their photography skills.

Past President’s Meeting

Honorary Awards Banquet
(Coat and tie recommended.)
We will close conference by recognizing members for their highest professional achievements and exceptional commitment to OWAA. At this special event, we name recipients of the J. Hammond Brown Award for devoted service to OWAA; the Excellence in Craft Award for continued excellence in one’s career; the Jade of Chiefs Award for conservation; the Outstanding Board Member Award; and the Jackie Pfeiffer Memorial Award for goodwill, generosity and kindness. These awards represent the highest honors of OWAA.

Left Over Luau
Join your fellow OWAAers as we wrap up another conference with a casual gathering for fun and friendship. Bring a bottle of wine, your beverage of choice or hospitality suite leftovers to share.

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