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Annual Conference & Membership Meeting 2022

Please note: REGISTRATION for the ANNUAL CONFERENCE is now CLOSED. (April 1 deadline.)

Thursday, April 21 – Sunday, April 24, 2022

We look forward to seeing you at the Stevens Point Holiday Inn & Convention Center.

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Reminder: Registration closes April 1, 2022

2022 Conference Packages and Pricing – Register Early to Save!

All packages include conference registration fee and three meals per day. Staying Saturday night? You’ll get complimentary breakfast on Sunday, too.

Add Saturday’s Long-Distance Hiking Seminar! $100 with conference package OR $125 as a stand-alone event including lunch ($150 after March 18).

Only want to attend Saturday Night’s Dinner and Awards Banquet? $30/person.

Conference Packages Early Bird Rate (before March 18) Regular Rate

 

Three-Day (Thurs, Fri, Sat) $195 $220
Two-Day $150 $175
One-Day $125 $150
Long-Distance Hiking Seminar (includes lunch) $125 $150
Add Hiking Seminar to conference package $100 $125
Awards Banquet stand-alone rate (it is included with Saturday packages) $30 $30

Cancellations for paid registrations received in writing (email: [email protected]) before March 31 are fully refundable. Cancellations received in writing April 1 – April 12 are refundable, less an administrative fee. Cancellations after April 12 are considered a donation – Thank you.

Day-of cancellations due to COVID are fully refundable at any time. Please do not attend if you are exhibiting any signs of illness.

Please note: As of 2/18, the Ice Age Trail Alliance room block at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center is full.

Attendees also report the Holiday Inn & Conference Center is fully booked during the conference dates, although availability does vary. You may wish to check for cancelations prior to booking lodging at another establishment.

Book a Hotel Room Now: Additional Options

Special conference rates have been secured for a LIMITED NUMBER OF ROOMS at these nearby hotels:

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Stevens Point (6-minute drive to conference site):
Room price: $99/night for king bed
Book online only: https://lqstevenspoint.com/ICE-AGE-TRAIL-ALLIANCE
Deadline for reservations: March 20.

Comfort Inn, Plover (12-minute drive to conference site):
Room price: $90.99/night for king bed
Book online only: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/IQ69V9
Deadline for reservations: March 23

2022 Conference Registration Form (for those who prefer paper forms). Please note: We must receive your form BEFORE April 1.

Conference Highlights

List of Board of Directors’ Nominees (necessary for casting vote during Annual Meeting)

Conference Schedule at a Glance (coming soon)

Conference Program (coming soon)

We are excited to offer an in-person gathering again in 2022 and want to enable conference participants to have a safe and rewarding experience.  Information about protocols will be provided in the lead-up to the Conference.

Please revisit this tab for updates.

Registered attendees will receive an email detailing safety protocols a week prior to the Conference.

 

 

Schedule of Events

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Nature's Benefits on the Ice Age Trail, Refuge in Uncertain Times
The Hartman Creek Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

Please stop by the Registration table to pick up your name tag and conference schedule.

Enjoy a fine start to the day with fellow conference attendees. Fuel up with coffee and good conversation. Buffet meal served.

Saunter through the rolling oak forests and savannas of Central Wisconsin followed by a brewery stop. This hike takes you through the Hartman Creek State Park portion of the segment, which is located on terrain formed as the Wisconsin glacier retreated down a regional slope. Along the way you’ll pass by one of the Ice Age Trail’s largest erratics.

Hike: 4.5 miles, hilly terrain (shorter distance available), 30-minute bus ride. An hour-long stop at Central Waters Brewing Company. Box lunches
provided.

Limit: 80 participants.

Think Outside & Working With Youth
Think Outside is a National Park Service-sponsored expansion of the Alliance’s youth education Saunters program. It supports an audacious goal: engage 10,000 fourth graders in field experiences along the Ice Age Trail. In this session, we will discuss the Think Outside program, share stories from those who have participated, and answer questions about how you can get involved.

Presenters: Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager, and Sarah Pearce, Saunters Project Coordinator

 

The Importance of Continuous Habitat Corridor
First envisioned as a linear park, the 1,200-miles of Ice Age National Scenic Trail (when complete) will provide a continuous corridor supporting more than the Ice Age Trail. These connected landscapes will offer native plants and animals opportunities to travel, thrive, and improve their resilience and adaptation to a changing climate. Learn about the benefits of the natural corridor around the Trail – a landscape-level conservation project.

Presenter: Nick Miller, Director of Science and Strategy, The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin

 

Hiker Resources
Learn about the digital resources available to assist you on your thousand-mile journey. We’ll introduce you to the intricacies of the online, interactive Hiker Resource map and give you a tour of FarOut, the Ice Age Trail map app for mobile devices. We’ll teach you how to locate the most up-to-date Trail conditions before you head out on a hike. You’ll also learn the best way to submit Trail Alerts, the downed trees, high water, unsafe structures, and more you might encounter while hiking.

Presenters: Tiffany Stram, GIS and Technology Specialist

Integrated Forest Management along the Ice Age Trail
Silviculture is the art and science of managing forests to meet the diverse needs and values of landowners and society on a sustainable basis. Forest management is easy when the goals and objectives are familiar or traditional. However, it’s challenging when foresters must adapt to changing societal needs and values. Forest management along the Ice Age Trail is one such challenge. This presentation examines innovative ways to manage forests within State Ice Age Trail Areas while maintaining the aesthetic and recreational goals of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Prairie and the Need for Fire
Prescribed fire plays an essential role in developing and maintaining fire-dependent ecosystems – savannas and prairies – along portions of the Ice Age Trail. As a habitat management practice, fire slows down the invasion of woody trees and brush while reducing cover (thatch), allowing desirable seeds to germinate and thrive. Fire also speeds up the decomposition of dead plant material, returning nitrogen and other vital nutrients to the ground, thereby stimulating the growth of new plants. Learn more about the importance of fire in caring for these rare ecosystems that offer a glimpse into the past and help us interpret natural and geologic history.

Presenter: Brendan Woodall, Private Lands Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

How an Idea Becomes the Ice Age Trail
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at a newly completed segment may well be 20-plus
years in the making. Come learn what it takes to turn a good idea into miles of sustainable tread.

Presenters: Dave Caliebe, Trail Program Manager for the Alliance, Eric Gabriel, Ice Age National Scenic Trail Superintendent for the National Park Service, Andrew Hanson III, Partnerships Liaison for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Daniel Watson, Ice Age National Scenic Trail Volunteer Coordinator for the National Park Service.

Mingle with friends, bid on Silent Auction items, and browse the Chapter displays.
Cash bar available.

Enjoy getting to know fellow conference attendees around the dinner table. Buffet meal served.

Guess the Trail Segment
The wildly popular game is back with new segments, new visuals, new clues, and new prizes! Bring your friends and knowledge of the Ice Age Trail to Guess the Segment!

Presenter: Dave Caliebe

 

Thousand-Miler Adventures
Four retired women, Lynn Larson, Gail Colrud, Mary Nennig, and Terri Riedel, from central Wisconsin, completed their segment hikes of the Ice Age Trail at different times throughout 2021. They’ve joined forces to present their experiences, including: different seasons on the Trail, favorite hikes, challenges and surprises, and assistance from mentors and trail angels. They hope to inspire hikers of all ages: You, too, can become a Thousand-Miler, one step at a time.

Speakers: A joint 30-minute presentation by Lynn Larson, Gail Colrud, Mary Nennig, and Terri Riedel.

Geography Vignettes
Be in the know as you learn about some of the best places along the Ice Age Trail to experience the glaciers’ landscape story.

Presenter: Andrew Hanson III

 

Thousand-Miler Adventures
One-of-a-kind stories abound as recent Thousand-Milers re-live their days on the Ice Age Trail. Immerse yourself in tales of Trail Angel kindnesses and the nitty-gritty details of a life-altering journey.

Presenters: Thousand-Milers, Diana Matthews and Wanda Brown, will share the spotlight as they describe their Trail adventures.

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Jennifer Pharr Davis, Keynote Speaker, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Please stop by the Registration table to pick up your name tag and conference schedule.

Enjoy a fine start to the day with fellow conference attendees. Fuel up with coffee and good conversation. Buffet meal served.

Two quality options:

Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment, Waupaca County
A portion of this segment (and the focus of this hike) passes through the Skunk and Foster Lakes State Natural Area. This beautiful area contains
crystal clear pot-hole lakes, large erratics, and mature forest. There is an option for an additional 0.8-mile loop for those who want to further stretch their legs.

Hike: 1.8 miles or 2.6 miles, moderate terrain, 25-minute bus ride. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 80 participants.

A Field Trip Across the Moraines of Eastern Portage County
Discover the striking landscape changes along US-54 from I-39 in Portage County while putting the segments of Central Wisconsin into a broader glacial geological context. This driving tour, with stops for observations, discussions, photos, and rock sampling, is led by Terry Gerlach, retired Geologist, US Geological Survey. The route will follow the retreat of the Late Wisconsin Glaciation from its westward-most extent. Learn how the Arnott, Hancock, and Almond moraines and the Elderon ice margins shaped the region’s landscape.

Hike: Driving tour, primarily. Short walks near bus for photos, discussion, etc. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 30 participants.

Board members gather to discuss Alliance business.

For chapter leaders by chapter leaders, this workshop offers the opportunity to share about successful events and activities. New ideas, brainstorming, and plenty of discussion keep this session fresh.

Gather with fellow conference attendees around the lunch table. Buffet meal served.

A summit for young adults seeking to facilitate their careers working with natural resources and outdoor recreation. Learn from professionals in the outdoor and environmental sectors and be inspired by a special screening of documentary film, Breaking Trail.

Discover what experience you need to land your first job, types of volunteer opportunities you can participate in, which skills are most important for your area of interest, and more.

Talk directly with professionals from:

• National Park Service
• Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
• Land Conservancy Agencies
• Ice Age Trail Alliance
• US Fish and Wildlife Service
• Blue Ridge Hiking Company
• And more

Here’s What’s Planned:

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Arrive
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.     Welcome / Overview of the Ice Age Trail Alliance
1:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.       Roundtables: Conversation for Conservation Careers
3:15 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.      Large group discussion bringing it all together
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Closing remarks
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Movie: Breaking Trail

Breaking Trail (documentary film): Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the journey tests their endurance, the duo embraces the unexpected kindness of strangers. Written and directed by Jesse Roesler, Principal and Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction, this film premiered at the 2021 BANFF Film Festival.

FREE. Registration is required.

This is an opportunity to come together as members under the big Ice Age Trail Alliance tent. Celebrate Alliance successes and elect board
members. This meeting is free and open to all members.

Download list of Board of Directors’ nominees [PDF].

Mingle with friends, bid on Silent Auction items, browse Chapter displays, and enjoy music performed by a UW-Stevens Point jazz ensemble.
Cash bar available.

Music by Duncan Cofell Trio. Enjoy the jazz stylings of UWSP graduates Duncan Cofell, Lucas Fischer, and current student, Jesse Crandall. The trio has played notable venues around the area, including opening up for the Max Pollack group at the 2022 UWSP Jazz Festival.

Members of the newly elected Board of Directors convenes to conduct Alliance business.

Enjoy getting to know fellow conference attendees around the dinner table. Buffet meal served.

Jennifer Pharr Davis, Record-Setting Hiker

Jennifer Pharr Davis knows what it takes to keep going. As a hiker, she has covered more than 14,000 miles, exploring trails on six continents and in all fifty states. Jennifer has hiked the Appalachian Trail three times. In 2011 she set the fastest known time (FKT) on the A.T., completing the 2,190-mile footpath in 46 days – an average of 47 miles a day – and besting marks established over decades by elite male ultra-runners. And she did it in most unconventional fashion, hiking – not running – to reduce wear and tear and play toward her strengths as a female.

As a mother of two, Jennifer has yet to slow down. She backpacked 700 miles across the Pyrenees and Iceland during the second and third trimesters of her first pregnancy, hiked 1,100 miles across North Carolina while nursing her newborn son, and took her daughter on trails in all 50 states before she turned two.

Off-trail, Jennifer is a nationally recognized speaker, award-winning author, and the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company. Jennifer lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Brew, their children Charlotte and Gus, and a pair of pet goats named Coffee and Cream.

 

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail, Annual Conference & Membership Meeting
Emily Ford and Diggins. Breaking Trail documentary movie screening, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Please stop by the Registration table to pick up your name tag and conference schedule.

Enjoy a fine start to the day with fellow conference attendees. Fuel up with coffee and good conversation. Buffet meal served.

Three quality options:

Bohn Lake Segment, Waushara County
Explore this newly extended segment through a rock garden and, along the bottom, a tunnel channel holding Bohn Lake. Enjoy the views of the
lake and new loop encircling this body of water.

Hike: 2.2 miles, easy terrain, 40-minute bus ride. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 80 participants.

 

Let’s Wing It: Bird Hike at UW-Stevens Point’s Natural Campus
Bring your binoculars (or grab a pair from us) and try your hand at birding during a hike through the Schmeeckle Reserve. Birding experts will lead
you around the 280-acre nature conservancy on the UW-Stevens Point campus, watching for birds along its trails, boardwalks, and lake. You’ll
enjoy the diversity of habitats at the Reserve, which supports numerous wildlife species.

Hike: 2-4 miles, easy to moderate terrain throughout the Reserve, 10-minute bus ride. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 35 participants.

 

“Listening Session” Small-Group Hike
Sit quietly in the forest and listen to what it has to offer. This less-than-a-mile hike, led by Eric Sherman (Membership and Grants
Coordinator) will lead a small group of participants into a Stevens Point area forest, where you’ll spread out and sit quietly.

Hike: Less than a mile, moderate terrain, dress warmly, carpooling. Lunch at the conference center.
Limit: 15 participants.

If you’re considering an Ice Age Trail thru-hike as your next big adventure, or if you’re section hiking the Trail in weekend jaunts, then this seminar is for you. An all-day, five-session workshop series to get you started on your thousand-mile journey with plenty of advice from the experts. Jennifer Pharr Davis will participate as a workshop leader. Also included: a special screening of Breaking Trail, including Q&A with the film’s director.

Session 1: Trip Planning, Logistics & Navigation
Session 2: Meal Planning
Session 3: Pack Shakedown for Backpackers OR Inside Scoop for Segment Hikers
Session 4: Breaking Trail (a documentary film)
Session 5: Hikers’ Forum – Wisdom from the Trail

Cost (includes lunch): $125 ($150 after March 18) as a stand-alone event. Or, add to any conference package for $100!
Limit: 60 participants.

Special guests:
• Jennifer Pharr Davis will lead meal planning workshop and assist with pack shakedown.
• Emily Ford will assist with pack shakedown and participate in the Q&A following the special screening of Breaking Trail.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Trip Planning, Logistics, and Navigation
Do you wonder how, exactly, to begin planning your thousand-mile journey? If you feel confused, you’re not alone. The good news: There’s a wealth of resources available, and Alliance staff is eager to demystify them. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the online, interactive Hiker Resource map as well as the helpful details embedded in the FarOut map app for mobile devices. You’ll also get the inside scoop: how to connect with chapter leaders; how to use the Thousand-Miler spreadsheet; the nitty-gritty of resupply, shuttles, and trail angels; and how to use social media to network with other hikers.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Meal Planning
Jennifer Pharr Davis brings her vast hiking experience – 14,000 miles hiked while exploring trails on six continents and all fifty states – to this session. If anyone knows the importance of fueling a hike with easy-to-prepare, calorie-dense food, it’s Jennifer. She’ll expand your repertoire beyond Trail Mix and freeze-dried meals as she shares her favorite recipes and meal ideas.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pack Shakedown/Inside Scoop

Pack shakedown: For thru-hikers or those venturing out on multiple-day backpacking trips, this session will help you cut pack weight, carry the essentials, and tailor your gear to best suit your needs. Bring your gear-filled pack and receive the small-group attention you need to perfect your packing system; led by seasoned hikers.

Inside Scoop: For section and segment hikers, this small-group session brings day-hikers together for networking. Learn how others have tackled remote segments, winter hiking, horse flies and ticks, bike shuttles, and more. Meet and make new friends who share your newfound passion.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breaking Trail: Movie Screening and Q&A
Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter. As the journey tests their endurance, the duo embraces the unexpected kindness of strangers. Written and directed by Jesse Roesler, Principal and Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction, this film premiered at the 2021 the BANFF Film Festival.

Q& A session following movie screening will be led by Jesse Roesler, Principal and Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction and thousand-miler, Emily Ford.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Hikers’ Forum – Wisdom from the Trail.
Wonder what your chances are of meeting a bear, what cowboy camping entails, or how people survive heat and ticks on their way to the coveted Thousand-Miler status? This session is your chance to hear crazy, make-you-want-to-hike-the-trail stories of those who’ve made the journey. Be inspired, informed, and entertained by the stories and fresh perspectives of those who recently completed their thousand-mile adventure.

Gather with fellow conference attendees around the lunch table. Buffet meal served.

Three fascinating options:

Moraines at our Doorstep–Geology of the Ice Age Trail along the West Side of the Green Bay Lobe
Only 20,000 years ago, the ice sheet edge was about 3 miles east of Stevens Point. Then, rushing streams deposited the nearly flat sand and gravel plain the city now sits on as they flowed into glacial Lake Wisconsin. As the glacier melted back, it left hummocky moraines, the outstanding features of the Ice Age Trail in Waushara and Portage counties.

Presenter: Dave Mickelson

 

History of Skunk Hill 
Rising above the countryside of Wood County, Wisconsin, Powers Bluff is a large outcrop of quartzite rock that resisted the glaciers flattening the surrounding countryside. It is an appropriate symbol for the Native people who once lived on its slopes, quietly resisting social forces determined to crush and erode their culture. A large band of Potawatomi, many returnees from the Kansas Prairie Band Potawatomi reservation, established the village of Tah-qua-kik or Skunk Hill in 1905 on the 300-foot-high bluff, up against the oddly shaped rocks that topped the hill and protected the community from the cold winter winds. Archeologist, Robert A. Birmingham, will trace the largely unknown story of this community, detailing the role it played in preserving Native culture through a harsh period of US Indian policy from the 1880s to 1930s.

Presenter: Robert Birmingham, archaeologist and author

 

Breaking Trail – Movie Screening and Q & A
Emily Ford sets out with a borrowed sled dog to become the first woman and person of color to thru-hike the 1,200-mile Ice Age Trail in winter.
As the journey tests their endurance, the duo embraces the unexpected kindness of strangers. Written and directed by Jesse Roesler, Principal and
Creative Director at the creative content studio Credo Nonfiction, this film premiered at the 2021 the BANFF Film Festival.

Q&A: Jesse Roesler and Emily Ford

 

Trailbuilding and Stewardship 101
So, you want to volunteer, but feel apprehensive about what you might be getting yourself into? Every Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteer has been where you are now. This session led by Alliance Trail program staff, will explain what to expect when you first volunteer for a work event. Patrick and Riley will describe the different roles, like crew leaders, swampers, or sawyers; project components like brushing, four-step tread, back slope, and signage; and tools and their uses: a Pulaski versus a McCleod. Newbies will leave this session with a better understanding of trailbuilding and habitat management basics, and will be eager to sign up for trail improvement events. Asking questions is encouraged.

Presenters: Riley Dupee, Field Operations Specialist, and Patrick Gleissner, Field Operations Coordinator

Four fascinating options:

Wisconsin’s Conservation Legacies: Past, Present and Future
Wisconsin’s proud history of thoughtful conservation established numerous “legacies” across its landscape, from lake-rich northern state forests to the kettle moraines and the driftless area. Protecting and restoring these features is no accident. This presentation will highlight how leaders and a supporting cast established a 40+ year legacy of proactive lake management in Wisconsin. Collaboratively, we’ll brainstorm ideas and goals for the next century of natural resource management in Wisconsin.

Presenter: Eric Olson, Director and Lakes Outreach Specialist for the Extension Lakes program at UW Stevens Point

 

Artifacts from Ice Age Peoples
Native Americans lived in Wisconsin and the Midwest for at least 14,000 years, following now-extinct species of Ice Age mammals as glaciers made their final advances across the state. Ice-Aged faunal specimens are rare and typically found in the southern region of the state, but recent finds of mammoth, stag moose, and caribou remains in the central area of the state suggest such specimens may occur further north than previously recorded. This talk examines evidence of early peoples adapting to post glacial landscapes in Central Wisconsin.

Presenter: Ray Reser, PhD, RPA, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, Curator of Anthropology, UWSP Museum of Natural History

 

What’s on Tap: 2022 Trail Development and Construction
This session takes participants on a deep dive into the 2022 Trailbuilding season. Join members of the Trail Program team, Chad DuChateau and Dave Caliebe, as they describe the scope of work for each event, discuss food and base camp details, and unveil exciting news about a summer crew. They’ll also look ahead into what 2023 might hold for Trail development and construction.

Presenters: Dave Caliebe, Trail Program Manager, and Chad DuChateau, Director of Trail Operations

 

Hikers’ Forum – Wisdom from the Trail
Wondering what the chances are of meeting a bear, what cowboy camping entails, or how people survive heat and ticks on their way to the coveted Thousand-miler status? This session is your chance to hear crazy, make-you-want-to-hike-the-trail stories of those who’ve made the journey. Be inspired, be informed, and be entertained during this Jeopardy game-format hiker panel.

Moderator: Sharon Dziengel

Mingle with friends and bid on Silent Auction items! Cash bar available.

The Silent Auction closes at 6:00 p.m. so be sure to drive up the bid on the items you want to take home.

Music by Duncan Cofell Trio. Enjoy the jazz stylings of UWSP graduates Duncan Cofell, Lucas Fischer, and current student, Jesse Crandall. The trio has played notable venues around the area, including opening up for the Max Pollack group at the 2022 UWSP Jazz Festival.

We’re rolling out the yellow carpet! It’ll be a big night as we celebrate the accomplishments of our tremendously generous volunteers. Come find out who gets a National Park Service vest or jacket. Discover who’ll be the next caretaker of the Spirit Stick and who’ll be the Trail Steward of the Year. Recent Thousand-Milers are recognized, too!

5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dinner (buffet meal served)

6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. National Park Service Awards

 7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Award-winners gather for photos

 7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Mammoth Achievement Awards

  8:15 p.m. Announce Silent Auction winners

  8:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Award-winners gather for photos

7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Awards Ceremony Intermission Entertainment

Jon Gadbois, Poetry Slam Video

Jon Gadbois focuses on spoken word, or slam style, poetry. This type of poetry is very popular in major cities around the country (and the world), and is traditionally performed in fun events called poetry slams. Slams are competitions where poets perform their work on stage and are judged by the audience on their flair, their read, their content and the feeling the audience gets after hearing the poem. Gadbois’ poetry is intended to be performed, as opposed to being read on paper, although many slam poets have successfully translated their work to the page.

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Spring flowers along the Gibraltar Rock Segment. Photo by Nazan Gillie.

Enjoy the final gathering of the conference and parting thoughts from members of the Alliance leadership. Buffet meal served.