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The National R3 Symposium is the first nation-wide event solely focused on resources and partnerships needed to secure the future of hunting, angling, target shooting, and boating. This meeting is the premier venue for the outdoor community to advance the field of outdoor recreation recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) in the United States. The National R3 Symposium will provide an unparalleled opportunity for agencies, industries and NGO’s to share, learn and develop the limitless opportunities our community now has to accelerate the current state of R3 effort and impact.

Join us at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel from May 21 – 23, 2018 and help us chart the path forward for the collective benefit of wildlife conservation and the American outdoor heritage.

Lincoln, Nebraska has earned a reputation as one of the Midwest’s most beloved cities. Home to fine culinary and artistic treasures; a budding live music scene; breathtaking parks, golf courses and trails; and a friendly Midwestern attitude.

Traveling to Lincoln

Participants may either fly into the Lincoln (LNK) or Omaha (OMA) airports.

More information on shuttles and taxi services will be provided closer to the date of the event.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved for event participants at The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel. Contracted rates for rooms are $93 per night, valid for the evenings of May 20 through May 24, 2018. The deadline for booking a hotel room is April 30th, 2018 and check-in will be at 4 p.m.

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Full conference registration fee includes admission to all sessions, two lunches, two evening receptions and refreshment breaks.

All cancellation requests must be received by May 4, 2018 to receive a refund minus a $50 admin fee. After May 4, refunds will not be available but substitutions will be accepted.

Who should attend this event? Anyone with a vested interest in increasing participation in outdoor recreation. This would include: CEO/Director/President, R3 Coordinator, Marketing, Communication and IT professionals, and any other individuals who are interested or actively working on R3 efforts for the their organizations.

This event would not be possible without the help of partners. Sponsorship packages are available and Council staff look forward to working with you to help you get the most exposure at this premier event. Please contact Cyrus Baird for more information on available sponsor packages.


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration & Vendor Set-up

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Opening Reception


7:30 am – 6:00 pm Registration & Information Desk Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast

8:10 am – 8:30 am Welcome and Address

8:30 am – 10:45 am Plenary

R3 is changing the way in which organizations view conservation. Now is the time for our community to come together to share, learn and develop the opportunities we have to accelerate the current state of R3 efforts and impact. During this session, speakers will convey the importance of R3 and offer expert opinions on how the collective community can work together to ensure hunting, angling, boating and target shooting have a strong future. The plenary will conclude with a roundtable of high-ranking industry leaders to discuss and answer questions about R3.

10:45 am – 11:05 am Break

11:05 am – 12:00 pm Celebration of R3 Advancements

A panel of presentations highlighting recent advances in R3 with following discussion among the presenters.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm The Significance of R3 in Organizational Change

A comprehensive presentation of how leaders in the conservation community have used R3 to advance their organizations forward.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Data & R3

A discussion to address the value data and technology offer to developing and evaluating R3 strategies.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Marketing & R3

Marketing is an integral part of R3 efforts, which can result in increased effectiveness and can advance R3 in ways not yet explored. This presentation will highlight the power marketing can offer to R3.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mobilizing Sportsmen in R3

A discussion on the need to mobilize sportsmen and other outdoor recreation participants as key elements in R3 efforts. This session will offer ideas to engage sportsmen as key elements in R3 efforts and will approach the topics of mentoring, cultural shifts and much more.


7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast 

8:00 am – 8:30 am Welcome and Intro to Day 2

8:45 am – 10:00 am Work Session 1

21st Century Business Practices

A subject-matter-expert will address concepts such as organizational R3 and Customer engagement and marketing, and then will allow for audience discussion on the topic. The results of this discussion will be captured and be used to inform future R3 efforts.

10:00 am – 10:15 am Break

10:15 am – 11:30 am Work Session 2

Elevating R3 Impact through Strategic Partnerships

The future of R3 depends on the collective effort of the conservation community. Where does your organization fit in the big picture? A presenter will address concepts such as maximizing partner value and building synergies throughout the conservation community, and then will allow for audience discussion on the topic. The results of this discussion will be captured and be used to inform future R3 efforts.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm Final Thoughts

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm State Fish and Wildlife Regional R3 Committee Meetings; Mentor Groups Meeting

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Collective Discussion from all AFWA Committees

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Wrap Up and Next Steps

*Agenda subject to change.


Thank you to our sponsors!


Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Email Cyrus Baird for more information.