DRAFT UPDATED DECEMBER 8, 2000
AREA CONFERENCE GUIDE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Part I. General Information and Background
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and direction for those interested in
submitting proposals to host the AREA Conference in 2002. It establishes a formal process for
sponsors to submit proposals for future conferences. We developed this document to help
conference sponsors in planning and conducting the AREA Conference. There are many things
to consider when hosting a conference and these specifications are not all inclusive and in no
way should be considered as such. The Board utilized the collective experiences from previous
conferences in preparing this document. These guidelines were intended to make future
conferences easier, still maintain our level of professionalism and even make the process fun. If
we omitted something or if an item needs to be changed, please present the Board with written
The Aquatic Resource Education Association (AREA) is a professional organization of natural
resource educators involved in providing fishery and aquatic resource educational programs and
services. Association members are employed either by state or federal fish, wildlife and natural
resource agencies, universities involved in resource education, the fishing tackle industry and
other partners. Funding for these programs often comes from the Sport Fish Restoration Trust
fund, which the United States Fish and Wildlife Service administers.
We organized and created AREA to foster, promote and encourage the following purposes:
a. Increase AREA effectiveness through the promotion of continuous networking of local,
state, federal, industry, fisheries and educational professionals involved in aquatic
resource education programs by 1)identifying common goals; 2) addressing issues of
common concern; and 3) developing professionalism and peer review.
b. Provide decision makers and representatives at the national, regional and state level,
and special interest groups and other publics, with expertise regarding aquatic education
issues, strategies and methodologies.
c. Provide an organized forum for issue identification, deliberation and resolution.
d. Support aquatic resource management programs with appropriate information and