2020 IWLA National Convention
Cambridge, Maryland ● July 19-22, 2020
Need a cure for the winter blues? Think warm thoughts and make plans to attend this year's IWLA National Convention! We promise fun in the sun at this special location near the Chesapeake Bay. Here are a few more reasons to attend convention.
1. Solutions for Today’s Conservation Challenges
Polluted runoff, climate change, decreased soil health, loss of habitat and once-common fish and wildlife.... Today’s conservation challenges threaten our quality of life, health, economy, and communities. Unless we act boldly to address them, these problems will only get worse. Come to convention to be part of the solution!
Only at our national convention can you meet League members from across the country – from Florida to California, Iowa to Oregon, and places in between. Any League member can attend. (You don't have to be a voting delegate.) Don't miss this opportunity to share ideas, learn from other Ikes, and have some fun!
National officers – President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer – are elected at the convention, and any League member can run for these positions. Changes to the League’s national conservation policies are also debated and voted on at convention.
4. Small Town Charm
Cambridge, Maryland, was named one of the “15 Best Small Towns To Visit in 2019” by Smithsonian Magazine. The walkable downtown area supports a vibrant art scene and small businesses. You’ll find restaurants serving Chesapeake Bay delicacies, including oysters and blue crabs, and a local brewery.
5. Rock-ing Fishery
The Chesapeake Bay is famous for Maryland striped bass – or “rockfish” as locals call them. It’s the state fish and one of the most popular commercial and recreational catches on the Bay. Up to 90 percent of Atlantic striped bass spawn in the Chesapeake Bay.
6. Abundant Birds
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge has one of the highest concentrations of nesting bald eagles on the Atlantic coast. You’ll also spy swallows, kingbirds, and flycatchers swooping in to feed, and you might see young osprey leaving their nests in July.
7. Abolition History
Multiple museums in Cambridge honor abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped to Pennsylvania and became one of the most well-known Underground Railroad "conductors." She made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. She was a lifelong activist for racial and gender equality.
8. Award-Winning Hotel
The Hyatt Regency is a AAA Four Diamond hotel with a full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, and plenty of outdoor fun, including water sports, lighted tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, a waterslide, and more. Make s’mores at the outdoor fireplace or watch a “dive-in” movie at the indoor pool. Free WiFi and self-parking. Pets welcome for an additional fee.
9. Sandy Shores
Relax on a private beach at one of the top destinations on the Chesapeake Bay. There’s also an ocean of adventure just 1½ hours east at Maryland’s Ocean City resort area (book early if you plan to head there after convention) or Assateague Island National Seashore (home to the famous wild horses).
10. Fantastic Fossils
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
re-opened its famous dinosaur exhibit last year after a five-year, $110 million renovation. The highlight: a 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. That's just one of the fantastic sights you'll find in the nation's capital, located just 2 hours from our convention location.