Each year, NAISMA hosts an annual conference connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America.

2020 NAISMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

October 6-8, 2020: Whitefish, Montana

co-hosted by the Montana Invasive Species Council
 
The only invasive species management conference to…

Bridge geographic divides

between West and East, North and South, land and water

Connect science to action

through research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America

Trans-boundary Cooperation

Our 2020 Conference will feature successful cross-boundary collaborations in this unique area known as the “Crown of the Continent” including state, tribal, national, and international regional partnerships.

What to Expect

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Presentations, workshops, tours, and special symposia will highlight successful initiatives. Expect internationally renowned speakers, a packed exhibit hall, and special tours.

What’s Different

Unparalleled breadth. Expert insight. Compelling content that bridges all corners of North America and all disciplines within invasive species management.

The 2020 NAISMA Annual Conference will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake in Whitefish, Montana, October 6-8, 2020. Whitefish is at the doorstep to stunning Glacier National Park. Field trips will include a tour of Glacier National Park, local naturalist hikes with plant identification around Whitefish Lake, aquatic and terrestrial invasive species management strategies and concerns between Whitefish and Flathead Lake, unique tribal partnerships, and more. 

Agenda details are in development and will be released as soon as they are available.

A call for abstracts is available here and abstract submissions are due by March 31, 2020.

Registration

Registration opens February 17. Plan to attend today!

Registration Pricing

Early Registration (through August 31)
  • Full Conference (member rate) | $285.00
  • Full Conference (non-member rate) | $325.00
  • Full Conference (+ add NAISMA membership) | $360.00
  • Full Conference – Student | $155.00
  • One-Day (member rate) | $160.00
  • One-Day (non-member rate) | $190.00
  • One-Day – Student | $75.00
  • Two-Day (member rate) | $195.00
  • Two-Day (non-member rate) | $225.00
  • Two-Day – Student | $125.00
 
Late Registration (after September 1)
  • Full Conference (member rate) | $385.00
  • Full Conference (non-member rate) | $425.00
  • Full Conference (+ add NAISMA membership) | $460.00
  • Full Conference – Student | $195.00
  • One-Day (member rate) | $225.00
  • One-Day (non-member rate) | $240.00
  • One-Day – Student | $115.00
  • Two-Day (member rate) | $260.00
  • Two-Day (non-member rate) | $290.00
  • Two-Day – Student | $175.00
 
Agenda Add-ons

Available through the start of the conference (no price changes)

  • Field Trip/Tour | $45.00
  • Wednesday Not a Banquet | $45.00
  • Awards Dinner – Guest | $40.00
  • Add NAISMA Professional Membership | $75.00
  • Add NAISMA Student Membership | $40.00

Call for Abstracts

NAISMA seeks abstracts for posters and presentations focused on all categories of invasive organisms in North America (aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects and pathogens), with emphasis on Western habitats, for the 2020 conference co-hosted by MISC.

Abstract submissions are due March 31, 2020.

Materials needed:

Title
Authors
Body of abstract
Names of organisms
Names and application rates of pesticides
Numbers and units
Biographical sketch

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

The 2020 NAISMA Annual Conference is the organization’s 27th Annual Conference and will be co-hosted with the Montana Invasive Species Council. We expect nearly 400 attendees from a range of backgrounds in invasive species management from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and beyond.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Registration link will arrive on this page by February 15.

Interested organizations and businesses can email Belle Bergner at bbergner@naisma.org to hold their preferred sponsor and exhibit opportunities.

Location Details

Whitefish, Montana

Located in the Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana, Whitefish is nestled at the edge of Glacier National Park. Each season offers breathtaking opportunity to experience the millions of acres of mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers.

All sessions and functions will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake except field trips and the Thursday “Going to the Sun” reception.

 

Getting Here

Whitefish is located 30 minutes from the Kalispell / Glacier International Airport (FCA). Additional airports to consider are Missoula, MT (3 hour drive south of Whitefish) and Spokane, WA (3 hour drive West of Whitefish).
 

Transportation from the Airport

If you are flying in to Glacier International Airport (FCA), the Lodge at Whitefish Lake and Firebrand Hotel offer a complimentary shuttle service, 24 hours a day. Simply call the hotel, give them your flight information, and they will track your flight status. When you arrive, call the hotel to let them know you are ready for a pick up.
 

Meals Provided

The following meals will be included in the cost of registration and provided during the conference. All meals will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake unless otherwise noted. 
 
Tuesday, October 6
Breakfast
Break Service – morning and afternoon
Lunch
Welcome Reception
 
Wednesday, October 7
Breakfast
Break Service – morning only
Box lunches for field trip participants only
Not a Banquet – added, ticketed event, not included in registration
 
Thursday, October 8
Breakfast
Break Service – morning and afternoon
Lunch
“Going to the Sun” Reception at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish, MT
 

Restaurant Options

Both the Lodge at Whitefish Lake and the Firebrand Hotel have excellent in-house restaurants. A complimentary shuttle is available to transport attendees from the Lodge to downtown Whitefish, a 1.2 mile drive or 20 minute walk, where a wide variety of fantastic restaurants are available ranging from Italian, craft brew pubs, farm to table, American comfort food, and steakhouses.  Within a half mile or a 10 minute walk from the Lodge, there is a grocer and 4 restaurants including a local brew pub, Mexican restaurant, BBQ, and sushi.
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Hotel Accommodations

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is a 4 Diamond resort hotel and conference center.

Book your room now at the Lodge or the sister property in town, the Firebrand Hotel. All conference sessions will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake with a possible in-town reception near the Firebrand Hotel. More details to come.

Lodge at Whitefish Lake
The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is a 4 Diamond resort hotel and conference center. Unparalleled, spacious rooms feature fireplaces in every room, and there are a variety of room types to choose from.

Call 877-887-4026 for individual room reservations before Friday, September 04, 2020. Identify yourself as being with the NAISMA – MISC Joint Conference 2020 in order to receive the group rate. 

Early reservations are recommended. Call the number below or click on the link for online reservations. One night’s room and tax will be collected at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation. 

On-Line Reservations: 
Click here to book online.

Group ID is: NAISMA20 
Group PASSWORD is: LODGE 

The Lodge offers a free shuttle from the Kalispell (FCA) airport. Call in advance to the hotel to arrange your airport pick up when you have made your flight arrangements.
The Firebrand Hotel (1.5 miles from main conference hotel) is right in the heart of Whitefish. Featuring a more modern setting, rooftop deck with fire pit and hot tub, fantastic lounge and restaurant on site, walking distance to restaurants, bars, and shops, the Firebrand is a fun place to stay. A free shuttle to the main conference hotel 1.5 miles away and Kalispell (FCA) airport will be available throughout the conference. Call in advance to the hotel to arrange your airport pick up when you have made your flight arrangements.

Early reservations are recommended. Call the number below or click on the link for online reservations.

Call 406.863.4055 or toll free 877.887.4026 before Friday, September 04, 2020. Mention you are with the NAISMA – MISC Joint Conference 2020 in order to receive the contracted group rates. 

The first night’s room and tax will be collected at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation. 

On-Line Reservations: 
Guests may book from the group room block online by utilizing the groups login here.
Group ID is: NAISMA20 
Group PASSWORD is: FIREBRAND 

Book your room now at the Lodge or the sister property in town, the Firebrand Hotel. All conference sessions will be held at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake with a possible in-town reception near the Firebrand Hotel. More details to come.

The Lodge offers a free shuttle from the Kalispell (FCA) airport. Call in advance to the hotel to arrange your airport pick up when you have made your flight arrangements.