AREA 2006 Conference
Hot Springs, Arkansas
September 23 – 27, 2006
The conference will be held at the Arlington Hotel in historic downtown Hot Springs. Hot Springs is located about 50 miles southwest of Little Rock. Lodging, meeting and meals will all be on site (except for Sunday evenings outing). The Arlington has 480 rooms that are filled with charm and elegance. Located in the hotel are a thermal mineral water bathhouse, full service beauty salon, elegant dining facilities, two cascading swimming pools, and a mineral water hot tub. For golf or tennis activists, all of the guest have access to Hot Springs Country Club at discounted rates. In addition, there are several restaurants, unique shops, art galleries, and historic buildings within walking distance of the hotel that provide hours of entertainment, education and relaxation.
The afternoon and evening of Sunday September 24 will be spent at the Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery. The hatchery is on the south side of Lake Hamilton in Garland County. It covers 135 acres in the southern edge of the scenic Ouachita Mountains, one mile north of Arkansas Highway 290 and 12 miles south of Hot Springs. It is the second largest of four warm-water fish hatcheries owned and operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. We will get a behind the scenes tour of the hatchery and a look at some of the educational opportunities provided at the hatchery. After the tour, you will be served a wonderful southern catfish fry with all the fixins.
Fly direct to Hot Springs via Dallas-Fort Worth on Big Sky Airlines; or fly into Little Rock, 49 miles northeast of Hot Springs, then take a shuttle bus or rental car for a scenic one-hour drive to Hot Springs. Seven major carriers regularly fly into Little Rock airport. All major car rental agencies have offices in Little Rock and a few have offices in Hot Springs.
Little Rock airport shuttle service to Hot Springs provides 5 – 10 daily trips at a rate of $28.00. Please make reservations at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee seating on schedule service. 1-800-643-1505.
Driving directions from Little Rock: Driving west on I-30, take Exit 111. Proceed on Hwy. 70W (about 40 minutes) into Hot Springs. At Central Avenue, turn right (north). The Arlington is located just past Bathhouse Row.
Room rates are as follows: $76.00 single and $86.00 double occupancy + tax. Note: $20.00 for each additional adult over two per room. Maximum of four adults per room. Mini Suites & Mineral Water Rooms @ $165.00 per day plus tax; one bedroom parlor suites @ $260.00 per day plus tax.
Reservations must be made 30 days prior to the conference. 1-800-643-1502. Remember to let them know you are with the Aquatic Resources Education Association. The hotel will honor the group rate two days before and two days after the conference.
Check in is at 3:00 PM and check out is by 11:00 AM.
Registration & Fees : Click Here for Registration
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Before August 1, 2006
AREA members - $160.00
Non-members - $200.00
Student - $100.00
Registration fee after August 1, 2006 add - $100.00
Early Registration Deadline is August 1, 2006; after that date, Late Registration fees apply.
Guest Meals Only - $125.00
The registration fee includes:
Saturday evening reception, 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners and a registration gift
Table Top Exhibits - $30.00 per table