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
 

Note: Read the latest NAISMA Coronavirus update.

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.

A couple of sessions will be offered on Monday, October 5 in the afternoon including a Biocontrol Summit. The main conference agenda kicks off on Tuesday, October 6 with a breakfast with Exhibitors and Sponsors and a Plenary Session. Wednesday’s agenda will include another breakfast and Plenary Session, followed by Field Trips and an evening “Not a Banquet” on the shores of Whitefish Lake. The main conference will end Thursday, October 8 at 5pm, followed by an evening reception at Casey’s in Downtown Whitefish from 5:30 – 7:30pm. There will be additional, optional field trips offered on Friday, October 9.

Read more on our agenda details page, and check back regularly for updates!

A call for abstracts is available here. Abstract submissions are due by April 17, 2020. 
(Submission deadline has been extended by 2 weeks.)

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

Transboundary 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. We will update agenda details as they come.

What’s Different

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

Registration

Registration Pricing

Early Registration (through August 31)
  • Full Conference (non-member rate) | $325.00
  • Full Conference (+ add NAISMA membership) | $360.00
  • Full Conference – Student | $155.00
  • One-Day (non-member rate) | $190.00
  • One-Day – Student | $75.00
Late Registration (after September 1)
  • Full Conference (non-member rate) | $425.00
  • Full Conference (+ add NAISMA membership) | $460.00
  • Full Conference – Student | $195.00
  • One-Day (non-member rate) | $240.00
  • One-Day – Student | $115.00

Members get 10% off.

Not a member? Click here to join today, or register and choose “The Full Whitefish Experience + Membership” to get NAISMA membership included with your registration.

 
Agenda Add-ons

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

  • Field Trip/Tour | $45.00
  • Wednesday Not a Banquet | $45.00
  • Not a Banquet Dinner – Guest ticket for non-attendees | $40.00
  • Add NAISMA Professional Membership | $75.00
  • Add NAISMA Student Membership | $40.00

Members: check your email for special links to your discounted registration
Students: click here for 1-day registration
Students: click here for full conference registration and packages

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 April 17, 2020.
(Submission deadline has been extended by 2 weeks.)

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 and all taxa from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and beyond. 

Download the Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus to learn about your benefits.

Exhibit and sponsor opportunities are limited. For more information, please email Belle Bergner at bbergner@naisma.org.

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.