Planning Ahead Based on Coronavirus

Developments concerning the spread of the coronavirus are changing daily, as are recommendations from public health professionals and federal, state, and local governments affecting air travel, large public gatherings, and other activities. The League is closely monitoring the situation and preparing for a range of scenarios. As we plan for the future, the health and safety of our members and staff are paramount.

Here is the most critical information for you to know:

  • The convention has NOT been canceled. Currently, the League is carefully monitoring developments and will reevaluate this decision on an ongoing basis. The League is hosting a conference call on April 7, 2020 open to all chapter and division officers and national directors to inform decision-making concerning the convention. The League is providing conference call information directly to leaders via email.
  • Decisions by the federal government and/or the State of Maryland could require the League to scale back or even cancel the convention. These decisions could include prohibiting large public gatherings in the state.
  • Please read convention-related emails in a timely manner. Our goal is to communicate with members as quickly as possible about relevant developments and any schedule changes. We will also post this information on this webpage.
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This information last updated March 17, 2020.

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!

2. Networking

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!

3. Voting

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 MagazineThe 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.
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort
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Sunday, July 19

  • Executive Board Meeting
  • Resolutions Committee Meeting
  • Early Bird Party and Auction
  • Youth Convention Beach Luau

Monday, July 20

  • New Attendee Orientation
  • Convention Opening Session
  • Awards Luncheon*
  • Nominating Committee Meetings
  • Resource Committee Meetings
  • Parade of States

Tuesday, July 21

  • Convention Speakers
  • National Officer Elections
  • Conservation Luncheon
  • Small-Group Workshops
  • Chapter Dinner

Wednesday, July 22

  • Convention Speakers
  • IWLA Board of Directors Meeting
  • Executive Board Elections
  • Convention Site Selection
  • IWLA Endowment Board of Directors Meeting and Elections
  • Resource Committee Reports
  • Vote on National Policy Resolutions
  • Closing Banquet and Officer Inductions

*Membership Awards and National Awards events are now combined into one Awards Luncheon