2020 NAEP Conference and Training Symposium

Monday, May 18 – Thursday, May 21

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Tours | Excursions | Workshops

The NAEP Annual Conference and Training Symposium offers much more than classroom experience. Learn how you can enhance your experience by signing up for a tour, excursion, or workshop.


 Cultural Resources  - Walking Tour

Tuesday, May 19 | 1:15 – 4:00 pm
Fee: $20

This walking tour will focus on cultural and historic resources. The first part of the tour will be led by Bob Carr, Executive Director of Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc. Bob has worked as an archaeologist with the State of Florida's Division of Historic Resources and with the National Park Service, and was Miami-Dade County's Historic Preservation Director. He has served an editor of the Florida Anthropologist and is a former president of the Florida Archaeological Council. Bob will lead a discussion of archaeological and historic resources in the region. The tour will proceed to the historic Bonnet House, where Patrick Shavloske, CEO of the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, will provide a tour of the house and gardens. And Jen Savaro of E Sciences, Inc. will discuss public access through protected mangroves at the Bonnet House. Free admission to the Bonnet House and gardens is included in the tour fee. One-way distance is approximately 0.7 miles; participants may return to the hotel by walking or rideshare.


Environmental Challenges of an Urban Coastline – Walking Tour

Wednesday, May 20 | 1:15 – 4:00 pm
Fee: $15

This walking tour will provide an overview of the environmental challenges of an urban coastline. Jennifer Jurado, Broward County’s Chief Resiliency Officer, will provide an overview of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact – a landmark partnership between three urban counties to increase climate resilience across the region. Ann Broadwell, Florida Department of Transportation Environmental Manager, will discuss storm damage repairs to the coastal roadway including the coordination of the city’s vision, roadway design, and permitting requirements. Ann will also talk about coastal roadway lighting and sea turtle protection. Nicole Sharp, Broward County Natural Resources Administrator, and Stephanie Kedzuf, Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program, will discuss beach renourishment and sea turtle nest protection. Mark Williams, Urban Forester with the City of Fort Lauderdale, will lead a discussion on the challenges of maintaining a sustainable urban forest. The walking tour will leave from the conference hotel and end at the historic Bonnet House where participants can enjoy the subtropical gardens on their own. Free admission to the Bonnet House gardens (gardens only, not the house) is included in the tour fee. One-way distance is approximately 0.7 miles; participants may return to the hotel by walking or rideshare.

Environmental Initiatives at Port Everglades and for Highway Infrastructures Projects in Broward County - Bus Tour

Wednesday, May 20 | 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee: $10


Spirit Del Sol Charter Boat Excursion

Tuesday, May 19 | 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Fee: $60 

The Spirit Del Sol is a US Coast Guard certified catamaran with a capacity of up to 140 guests. The voyage will begin at the Bahia Mar dock where the Captain will pick up the guests for an evening of cruising Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal waterway. The Spirit Del Sol is a double-decked power catamaran with a bar and covered upper deck and separate men’s and women’s restrooms. There are plenty of areas for lounging and sightseeing as the excursion passes some of the most desirable real estate in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy an Open Bar of Domestic Beer, California Red and White Wine, Sodas, Snacks and Bottled Water with your appetizers of mini meatballs with marinara, chicken skewers with sweet chili sauce, spinach & mozzarella stuffed mushrooms, crostini’s with mozzarella, tomato, basil & balsamic glaze. The ship will return to the dock and guests will debark at 9:30.

Boat leaves from the dock located at Bahia Mar, 801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 33316.

Video of Vessel

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Advanced NEPA Training 

Monday, May 18 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $250 member, $350 non-member

Advanced NEPA Workshops are intended to provide participants with practical tips and tools about how to refine preparation and review of environmental documents prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), in light of guidance related to “One Federal Decision,” 2019 court decisions, and January 10, 2020 Council on Environmental Quality proposed rule, “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.”  This eight-hour intensive workshop has been organized into six topics:

  • Topic 1. Summary of proposed rule: Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Topic 2. Integration of NEPA and analysis of biological and wetland resources, and federally-listed rare, threatened and endangered species, in light of recent rulemaking related to the January 23, 2020, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) finalized  Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • Topic 3. Integration of NEPA, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and tribal consultation.
  • Topic 4. Effective Scoping
  • Topic 5. Categorical Exclusions
  • Topic 6. Indirect Effects

The target audience for this workshop would include experienced NEPA planners, managers, decision-makers, environmental engineers/scientists/ specialists, consultants, regulators, applicants and attorneys who require an in-depth understanding of NEPA law, policy, and project management within their area of environmental expertise, especially those who serve on NEPA interdisciplinary teams, work with NEPA planners, or those who review/edit NEPA documents. This workshop will also benefit those professionals who work in related natural resource disciplines who work with federal land management or real estate transactions, federal agency projects or permitting, and transportation or other infrastructure projects with a NEPA review component.

Career Development Workshop

Monday, May 18 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fee: $10 member, $20 non-member

NAEP is organizing a Career Development Workshop for emerging professionals. The workshop will cover both current trends in environmental careers and professional development. Attendees will also hear from someone on the benefits of starting your own student chapter. Afterward, attendees are welcome to attend the Opening Reception on their own or alongside the workshop hosts. Participants will receive a free resume critique.

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