Honoring Our Heritage, Embracing Our Future
Our 100th anniversary national convention has come to a close. Watch this space for a summary of what happened, and for information about next year's gathering!
Convention preview video, where and when, hotel details, convention kit
Convention Preview Video
- Where: Embassy Suites, East Peoria, IL
- When: July 19-22, 2022 (Early Bird party on Tuesday night)
- How Much: $139 ++/night – all rooms are suites!
- Make Your Reservation: Reserve a hotel room online or call 309-694-0200 and use the code "IZA."
- Free parking
- Free WiFi
- Breakfast included daily
- Free reception nightly with drinks and finger foods
Want all the information in one convenient packet? Download the convention kit.
Featured speakers, keynote topics
Darlene Cavalier, "The Future of Citizen Science"
From day one, the League has been a leader in citizen science. Early Ikes were testing water quality nationwide and restoring black bass decades before the term “citizen science” entered the lexicon. Today, building on 50 years of experience with Save Our Streams, the League is expanding use of simple technology and crowd-sourced monitoring to engage many more Americans in citizen science and turn data into action.
Ms. Cavalier is a pioneer in citizen science: she created SciStarter as a graduate school project and grew it into a globally acclaimed online citizen science hub with more than 3,000 projects. As the League embarks on its second century, Darlene will share her perspective on the future of citizen science and help the League prepare to maximize the impact of citizen science going forward.
David Montgomery, "Bringing Soil Health from the Farm to Your Kitchen Table"
Author, What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health
We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” The same holds for the food you eat – including fresh foods. Just how good those foods are for you depends in part on the soil in which they were grown. Healthy soil isn’t only important for farmers – it’s important to everyone living off the farm.
Mr. Montgomery’s forthcoming book, co-authored with Anne Bikle, addresses this very issue, bringing soil health from the farm to the local grocery store and your kitchen table. David will highlight the fundamentally important connections between soil and human health and how everyone can help restore one of our most important natural resources close to home. David is an author of award-winning popular-science books and has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, as well as on a wide variety of TV and radio programs.
Proposed resolutions, nomination slates, elections of League Leaders, delegate accreditation
Every year at Convention, League members vote on policy resolutions that set the direction of the organization. This year's proposed resolutions include:
- Protecting Ephemeral Streams and Wetlands
- Funding for Rural Electric Cooperatives
- Protection of Native Non-game Fish
- Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material
- Rural Electric Vehicle Charging Study
See the proposed resolutions
At the convention, League members vote for national officers, members of the Executive Board, and members of the Endowment Board. The slates of nominees are as follows.