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Confluence: Summit on the Outdoors Goes Virtual Oct. 27 - 29
Good news! It's easier than ever to attend the 5th Annual Confluence Summit this year. Not so great news: In the interest of public health, we have decided to postpone meeting in person in Fairbanks until 2021. Registration opens mid-September to Zoom into Confluence from the comfort of wherever you are working. You can expect the same great quality of speakers, info sharing, and lively discussions but in a pared down agenda to limit screen fatigue.
This year’s theme is Re-Imagining Alaska’s Outdoors. We are excited to announce Sen. Lisa Murkowski will help open the conference on Oct. 27. Afterward, we'll explore visions for the future of public land management, tourism, active transportation, and outdoor Rx for healthier Alaskans. On the last day, after an overview of national policy priorities from REI's Director of Government and Community Affairs, roll up your sleeves, put your thinking cap on, and join an idea jam designed to develop strategies to strengthen and prioritize our own statewide policy and funding objectives. Draft details and speakers can be found on AOA's Confluence page.
Introducing AOA's Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series!
On Wednesdays beginning Sept. 30 at Noon, AOA will begin a series of hour-long discussions to jump start the creative juices as we Re-Imagine Alaska’s Outdoors. These casual lunch sessions hosted by leaders from our industry's various enthusiast stakeholders aim to get gears turning and inspiration heightened in the weeks leading up to the Confluence Summit. Topics and speakers will be announced mid-September. Get ready to nourish body and mind during AOA’s FREE Lunch & Learn series Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14 and 21.
Making sure you didn't miss these news headlines from around the state . . .
Confluence Speaker: Bell-Holter Embarks on 1500-Mile Ride to Raise Awareness, Funds for Mental Health Resources for BIPOC Men
Former Gov. Knowles Joins the Call for Alaska's First Long-Distance Trail
Denali NP Set to Expand Winter Access
Progress Report: Anchorage CARES Act Public Land Work Program Puts People Back to Work Outside