Spouses, Partners, Families and Guests

OWAA 2019 Conference Spouse, Partner and Family Agenda

Saturday, June 22

photo credit: Michael Estrada

8:15 – 9 a.m. Keynote
Carolyn Finney, PhD is a storyteller, author and a cultural geographer. The aim of her work is to develop greater cultural competency within environmental organizations and institutions, challenge media outlets on their representation of difference, and increase awareness of how privilege shapes who gets to speak to environmental issues and determine policy and action. Along with public speaking, writing, consulting and teaching, she served eight years on the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board, which assists the National Park Service in engaging in relations of reciprocity with diverse communities. Her first book, “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors,” was released in 2014.

11 a.m. – Noon Spouse/Partner/Family Welcome
Join us in Davis Room for the spouse, partner and family lounge, for snacks and friendship. Even if you are not registered for the conference, we welcome you to this event. Meet new people and become reacquainted with others. Find out what opportunities are available to you throughout the conference. A Little Rock CVB representative will be on hand to help you plan additional activities.

2 p.m. Heifer Global Village and Urban Farm
Cost: Free
Location: 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202; approx. 11 blocks from the hotel
This non-profit organization works with developing countries to end world hunger and poverty, and its global headquarters is in the heart of downtown Little Rock. In fact, Heifer’s presence is felt in 25 countries worldwide. The Heifer Global Village is a hands-on education facility with interactive exhibits teaching about causes and solutions for ending hunger and poverty around the world. Heifer’s Urban Farm is an extension of Heifer’s work with live animals and gardens.

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Cost: free for registered conference attendees, ala carte tickets available
Celebrate the start of the OWAA Conference with dinner on the banks of the Arkansas River. Riverfront Park stretches eleven blocks on the south bank of the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock. The Park provides 33 acres of urban parkland for outdoor events, leisure activities and a glimpse of the state’s history. Also visit the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center located on the river.

Sunday, June 23
6 a.m.  Roll n Run
Roll out of bed and run with us. Kick out your conference kinks with a mild, early-morning 3 miler. Walkers welcome. Meet in the conference hotel lobby. Also plan on a swag giveaway. Everyone who rolls out is eligible. It’s early so skip brushing your hair, but please attend to your teeth.

9 – 11:30 a.m. Demo Day
Location: Bass Pro Shops, Little Rock
Learn about and test the latest outdoor gear from OWAA supporters and local companies, visit with outdoor destinations or brush up on the most recent happenings with our outdoor organizations.

2 p.m. Get Presidential
Cost: $10 adults, $8 senior
Location: 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202; approx. 10 minutes from hotel – can be accessed by Rock Region Metro Streetcar (free) from hotel
Little Rock is home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park. Located on 30 acres overlooking the Arkansas River, the center’s highlights include the Clinton Presidential Library, which contains artifacts from the Clinton administration as well as life-size and historically accurate recreations of the Oval Office and Cabinet Room.

2 p.m. Esse Purse Museum: Celebrating American Women – Their Stories told through Handbags
Cost: $10 adults, $8 senior
Location: 1510 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202; 501-916-9022; 5-10 minute drive from hotel
One of only three purse museums in the world, ESSE Purse Museum & Store is the culmination of owner Anita Davis’ dream of exploring concepts of art, history, and the feminine. The name ESSE comes from the Latin infinitive for “to be,” which embodies what visitors will find in the museum: that a purse is not just a utilitarian bag in which a woman carries her necessities, but an extension of her personal space, her essence, and of the things that make her “her.” More than fashion history, ESSE’s permanent exhibit honors and celebrates the progression of the 20th-century American woman – decade by decade – through the lens of her handbag and the contents within. Through the collection and artful display of this material culture, as well as with the help of photography and ephemera, ESSE provides a contemplative portrayal of the woman’s struggles, accomplishments, and more sweepingly, the times in which she lived.

6 – 8:30 p.m. EIC Awards Party
Cost: free for all registered conference attendees, ala carte tickets available
Celebrate our members’ best work from the past year at this fun and entertaining show on the Robinson Center terrace overlooking the Arkansas River.

Monday, June 24
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Field Skills Day
Location: Dr. James E. Moore Jr. Camp Robinson Firing Range
Join us for an outing to test your skills and learn some new ones. Stations will include shooting demos, driving demos, water demos and outdoor skills such as Dutch oven cooking, field dog training and more.

1 p.m. History Happened Here
Cost: Free
Location: 2120 W Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202; 10 drive from hotel
Central High was the epicenter of the 1957 segregation crisis. The world watched as nine African American youth broke racial barriers as they integrated the school. President Clinton has awarded “The Little Rock Nine” with Congressional Medals. He maintains a close relationship with them today. Eight of the nine are living.

4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Photo Scavenger Hunt Critique
Win cash and prizes from behind the lens! All attending members are encouraged to enter this entertaining contest pitting professional and amateur photographers to submit just one frame for five designated subjects, challenging participants to capture each topic’s essence on a tight deadline. This is followed by an entertaining critique and light-hearted roast of scavenger hunt entries, hosted by two of OWAA’s top photographers, helping everyone improve their photography skills.

7 – 9 p.m. Honorary Awards Banquet
Cost: free for all registered conference attendees, ala carte tickets available
This special event and formal dinner recognizes members for their professional achievements and exceptional commitment to OWAA. These awards announced represent the highest honors of OWAA: 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. (Coat and tie recommended.)

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