2020 IWLA National Convention

Cambridge, Maryland ● July 19-22, 2020

Youth Convention

While adults learn from conservation experts and make decisions about the future direction of the League, young Ikes can experience four days of amazing adventures. This summer, make it a family event with the IWLA Youth Convention.

In addition to an action-packed slate of activities, participants will enjoy five kid-friendly meals and a goodie bag filled with outdoor gear and East Coast souvenirs. Registration is only $40 and includes a one-year Youth or Student membership to the League.
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Day 1: Beach Luau Party

Youth Convention kicks off with a Beach Luau Party for young attendees to get to know each other. Young Ikes can explore the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort's many amenities – including three pools, a water slide, mini golf, and beach volleyball – or simply relax in the Crab Pot Youth Lounge. Either way, there will be pizza, ice cream, and new friends.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort

Day 2: Life on the Bay

The young Ikes will go on an exclusive, behind-the scenes tour of University of Maryland-Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory to learn about oysters and their important role keeping the Chesapeake Bay healthy. Expert guides will also demonstrate work to protect other key Chesapeake Bay species, such as sturgeon and terrapins. The afternoon features a look into early American history at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center and encounters with local wildlife at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Day 3: Hot in the Sun

What is a vacation to the Eastern Shore without a road trip to the beach? Youth Convention attendees will have the whole day to explore all that Assateague Island National Seashore has to offer. Playing in the surf, building sandcastles, hunting for seashells, and watching for dolphins are just some of the possibilities. A seaside lunch and a high chance of spotting free-roaming wild ponies round out the day.

Wild ponies at Assateague Island National Seashore

Day 4: Day on the Bay

Young Ikes will wrap up their Convention with a visit to the historic town of St. Michaels and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, where they will explore bygone days of Chesapeake Bay life. The experience comes complete with a voyage on a traditional skipjack or workboat and an opportunity to join in a tasty Maryland tradition: picking Maryland blue crabs. Later that evening, attendees will investigate lost treasures and sunken ship artifacts with a marine archaeologist during their Youth Celebration Dinner and Social back at the resort.

Traditional skipjack boat


You must bring completed copies of these forms with you to Youth Convention:

For information about safety at Youth Convention, read our Youth Convention Protocol (PDF link).

Questions? Contact lejudy@comcast.net.