88th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

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The host hotel for the 2023 Conference is the Marriott St Louis Grand Hotel, located in the heart of downtown St. Louis at 800 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101.

Marriott Saint Louis Grand Hotel

We have a block of rooms set aside at the prevailing federal per diem rate of $141.00 plus tax. The reduced rate will be available until March 2, 2023 or until the block is full. To make reservations, please call 800-228-9290 or 314-621-9600. You can also reserve a room online

With a prime downtown location near Union Train Station, Ballpark Village, the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, our historic hotel occupies the former building of the Statler Hotel, an icon of the St. Louis skyline since the 1900s. There is a well-appointed fitness center. There are two restaurants on site as well as a full service Starbucks. Many other dining options are a few steps away from the hotel.

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Airport Transportation

Uber and Lyft are readily available, but if you want to use public transportation, the STL Metro will be able to provide what is necessary.

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Meeting Requests

Interested in holding a meeting or event at the North American? All AFWA Committee Meetings will be coordinated through Cindy Delaney, Delaney Meeting & Event Management.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a conference partner? Consider sponsoring the conference or a specific event. Learn more and register.

About the Conference

For more than 80 years, WMI has administered the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference. The North American Conference sessions, workshops and more than 150 separate meetings and functions, serve as the annual forum to set conservation policy in North America.

Conference attendees include the administrators of federal, state and provincial wildlife and other natural resource agencies, college and university program leaders, heads of leading private conservation organizations, and other managers, scientists, researchers, officials and students of natural resources. The conference is a regular gathering of professionals to learn and exchange ideas, through a formal program, related meetings and other scheduled business, social and educational events.

The conference format is designed so that attendees leave with

  • A better understanding of the origins, complexities and likely solutions to current conservation issues, and
  • A better sense of the need for and the methods to achieve coordinated, cooperative management of the continent's wildlife.

The "North American" is outlined annually by a Conference Program Committee, chaired by WMI. As many as 20 different agencies and private organizations have participated in helping set the agenda of the North American. In addition, agencies and organizations schedule more than 150 meetings and functions to overlap and occur in conjunction with each conference.