Featured SpeakersJeff Walk, Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois
A life-long Illinois resident, Jeff grew up on a family farm. He joined The Nature Conservancy in Illinois in 2007 as a conservation planner and was promoted to director of science in January 2010. Previously, he was a research scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey and a professor of biology and environmental science at the University of Dubuque in Iowa. Jeff received his master and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Bob Palmer, Chief Ranger, Effigy Mounds National Monument
Bob has worked in National and Regional park sites around the United States and in New Zealand. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Luther College, an MA (with honors) in Archaeology from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin, and is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He was the National Park Service - Midwest Region’s 2011 Harry Yount “Excellence in Rangering” award recipient.
Other Program Components
TPE Photo Contest
Vote for your favorite photo from the finalists on display. The winner will be featured on our next Annual Report. See the contest webpage for more information.
Raffle & Silent Auction
You’ll have the opportunity to bid on and buy raffle tickets for a variety of great items, ranging from artwork and artifacts to beer and wine. The raffle and silent auction benefit our local chapters and raffle tickets are only $1 each. View items, bid and purchase tickets during breaks. Bidding will end at 3:45. If you wish to donate to the raffle and silent auction, contact your chapter chairperson no later than February 15.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Be sure to visit the lower level at Eagle Ridge where you will find tables for our sponsors and exhibitors featuring information about plants, land management, and more. The Prairie Enthusiasts will have a table where you can purchase tote bags, t-shirts, hats, books and other items--please bring checks for payment.
Pre-conference Social Gathering
On Friday, March 3 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., all conference attendees and guests are invited to get together at the Woodlands Lounge off the lobby at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, an informal, cozy spot where refreshments and food will be available to purchase.
A special thanks to our Conference Sponsors