For those who have experienced it, the Great Plains’ rolling grasslands, charismatic wildlife, and boundless scenery fill the heart with wonder. The Plains are filled with fascinating biodiversity and wonderful opportunities for exploration while also harboring critically endangered habitats.
The people who live and work on the Plains have created diverse cultures and communities. We argue that conservation that works with business, landowners, and communities is a way forward in preserving our rural communities and dwindling wild places. For many similar spots around the globe, nature-based tourism has provided a way to enrich human communities while protecting cultural heritage and natural areas.
This conference will explore how tourism on private lands can be a force for conservation in the Great Plains as well as empower landowners and build thriving rural communities. It will feature sessions for business leaders, ranchers, and community partners as well as wider-ranging discussions about how to preserve and sustain the stunning bounty of Great Plains ecology.
This large-scale conference will examine both local and global models of conservation and tourism. The Nebraska Tourism Commission’s annual Agri/Ecotourism Workshop and the Heartland Byways Conference will both join their conferences with this event.
Along with a slate of impactful speakers, the conference will include hands-on opportunities to see and learn about regional ecotourism attractions during a series of pre-conference, optional field trips and workshops. Field trip seats are limited, so register early!