Izaak Walton League of America

2014 IWLA National Convention  

Anaheim, CA

July 15 to July 19, 2014

2014 IWLA Convention in Three Easy Steps:

League members from across the country will gather in California this summer for our national convention. It’s the best chance you’ll have this year to expand your Ike network, share ideas about chapter programs that work, learn about national conservation issues, and attend workshops on new tools to help your chapter succeed in reaching out to members, the community, and policymakers. 


  • Izaak Walton, Founding Father of the Conservation Movement: Walton and his book about the art of fishing inspired the Izaak Walton League’s founders in 1922 and continue to inspire Ikes today. Keynote speaker Prof. Marjorie Swann will discuss Walton’s pioneering environmental vision and its relevance today. 
  • Communicating About Conservation in the 21st Century: Mark Damian Duda will highlight the keys to successfully reaching and engaging Americans who care about the outdoors. After his keynote address, Duda will lead workshops that provide practical guidance on effectively communicate about conservation. 
  • Wildlife Management and Energy Production (Conservation Luncheon): Charlton "Chuck" Bonham, Director, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • The History and Future of Wilderness: Roderick Nash, Professor Emeritus, University of California-Santa Barbara

The Izaak Walton League national convention is where business gets done – and the Ikes have some fun! The Parade of States brings everyone together to share food and drink from across the nation. We recognize extraordinary individuals and promising programs among all our chapters at two awards functions. And we close out the week with a gala banquet.

Stay a few extra days in Anaheim to enjoy all the area has to offer. From amusement parks and a science center to beautiful beaches and coastal wetlands, there’s plenty nearby to entertain Ikes of all ages. Looking forward to seeing you in July!

Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel and Conference Center
7000 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620

The hotel features an outdoor heated pool (complete with pool-side service and available WiFi) and offers FREE parking!

Sunday, July 13
Pre-convention Fishing Tour: Enjoy a day on the southern California waters and cast your line for yellowtail, white seabass, and more than 30 other types of game fish. 

Tuesday, July 15 Thursday, July 17

- Executive Board Meeting 

- Membership Awards Breakfast

- Resolutions Committee Meeting

- Youth Convention

- Early Bird Party and Casino Night

- Elections/Bylaws
- Youth Convention Early Bird - Conservation Luncheon

- Youth Convention Committee Meeting         

- Workshops

Wednesday, July 16

Friday, July 18

- Delegate Orientation - Midwest Office Breakfast
- Convention Opening Ceremony - Youth Convention
- Youth Convention Opens - Endowment Meeting/Elections
- Awards Luncheon - Convention Site Selection
- All Committee Meetings - Vote on Conservation Resolutions

- Parade of States

- Convention Reception and Banquet

Bring the kids (ages 8 to 17) to California for three fabulous days of outdoor education and recreation, including 

Please download and complete the 2014 Youth Convention Permission Form and bring it with you to convention.

We're expecting wonderful weather in California, and there's lots to do. So make this a vacation for the whole family! Entertainment for kids and adults nearby includes:

  • Discovery Science Center: This nonprofit center is dedicated to educating young minds and increasing public understanding and appreciation of science, math, and technology. Fans of the television show "Mythbusters" will be thrilled to learn that "Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition" will be open when Ikes are in Anaheim.
  • Disneyland Park: Enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars – all in the same day! Opened in 1955, Walt Disney’s original theme park is divided into 8 extravagantly themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square, and Adventureland.
  • Flight Deck Air Combat Center: Pilot a fighter jet, engage in air-to-air combat, and perform incredible aerial maneuvers – all from the safety of an authentic military flight simulator. Reservations required. Must be 11 or older. 
  • Huntington BeachWith miles of pristine beaches and a variety of entertainment options, Huntington Beach draws over 11 million visitors each year. Known as "Surf City" due to its abundance of beaches, sunny climate, surfing opportunities, and casual lifestyle, Huntington Beach is the perfect vacation spot for the whole family.
  • Knott’s Berry Farm: With dozens of rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas, fun is always in season at Knott’s Berry Farm. Splash down the Timber Mountain Log Ride, and stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town or hang with the Peanuts gang in Camp Snoopy, the land of high sierra fun! 
  • Yorba Regional Park: 175 acres of family fun along the Santa Ana River, including model boat sailing, fishing (kids under 16 don’t need a license), paddle boats, bike rentals, and more. 
You can also take in the sites in Los Angeles, which is just a short drive away!

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