Sunday, December 17, 2023

2024 KNRC Registration Open

2024 Conference Theme: 

Water on the Plains: Conservation, Innovation, and Equity

Registration Link:

Conference Agenda:

Thursday, February 8 (Conference Day 1)

Pre-Conference Opportunities

7:30a – 08:00a         Pre-Conference Registration

8:00a – 12:00p         Pre-Conference Session Option 1

Using Climate Data to Achieve Your Natural Resource Objectives, presented by the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Climate change increasingly poses challenges for natural resource management in the form of heat waves, droughts, floods, and other impacts, but did you know that there are tools and organizations that can help you plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change on the natural resources you manage? The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub will provide an introduction to climate data tools and training on their application to inform resource management at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference. This training is for all professionals, landowners, and managers who want to learn more about how to use available climate change data to better meet your resource management goals in a changing climate. In addition to receiving training on the use of climate tools, participants will be invited to help inform the work of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub through facilitated discussion and activities.

Limited to 30 registrants. Breakfast will be provided. Attendees should bring a laptop or tablet to participate in this session to its fullest.

Scholarships are available as needed to help cover the cost of travel and the workshop registration fee. Please contact

8:00a - 12:00p        Pre-Conference Session Option 2

Advancing Environmental Justice in Kansas, presented by the Heartland Environmental Justice Center.

What is environmental justice and how is it linked to our natural resources? And, how can you help advance environmental justice through your conservation initiatives? This session will provide an introduction to environmental justice (EJ) and explore what EJ can look like in conservation work. The Heartland Environmental Justice Center, a new Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center serving EPA Region 7, will share their process for engaging with communities facing environmental justice and energy justice challenges and introduce assessment tools and processes that can enhance your efforts to integrate EJ into your own projects. Participants will gain a better understanding of basic EJ concepts, learn how to evaluate initiatives through an environmental justice lens, explore who is most impacted by local environmental decisions, and discuss how to effectively engage those communities in planning and decision-making processes.

Kansas Natural Resource Conference

8:00a – 1:00p           KNRC Registration Opens, Tradeshow and Poster Setup

1:00p                         KNRC Welcome

1:15p                         Plenary Session Panel Speakers

2:15p                         Plenary Session Question & Answer Discussion

3:00p                         Break

3:30p                         Concurrent Sessions

5:30p                         Professional Society Annual Meetings

6:30p                         Social Mixer, Trade Show & Poster Review

10:00p                       Social Mixer Ends

Friday, February 9 (Conference Day 2)

7:00a                        Continental Breakfast

8:00a                        Concurrent Sessions

12:00p                     Award Luncheon - Kansas Conservation Champion Award

1:30p                       Conference Ends

Schedule subject to change.

Hotel Room Information:

Hilton Garden Inn & Manhattan Conference Center
410 South 3rd Street

Manhattan, Kansas, 66502

Act Fast: There is a special room rate of $109/night plus tax. The special rate is available until Friday, January 12, 2024, or until the room block is sold out- whichever comes first.

Reservation Details:
Group Code: 91L
Hotel Name: Hilton Garden Inn Manhattan
Hotel Address: 410 South 3rd Street, Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone Number: 785-532-9116

Reservation Guidelines:
A credit card is required for guest room reservations.
Cancellations within 48 hours of arrival will incur a charge for the first night’s Room/Tax.
Check-in: 3 PM
Check out: 12 PM

Early arrivals are accommodated based on availability.