Great Plains Grassland Summit: Challenges and Opportunities from North to South


Summit Objectives

The objectives of the 2018 Great Plains Grassland Summit are to have participants learn more about and contribute science needs, ideas, and plans for managing, conserving and restoring grasslands at landscape scales and across boundaries in the Great Plains. Managers, researchers, and practitioners from all regions of the Great Plains and beyond are encouraged to attend.

Invited plenary experts will establish the context for the Summit by identifying challenges and opportunities focused around six themes:

  • Working Lands
  • Native Species and Biodiversity
  • Invasive Species
  • Wildland and Prescribed Fire
  • Energy Development
  • Climate, Weather and Water

Subsequent thematic breakout sessions will allow workshop participants to contribute ideas, issues, needs and steps towards an action plan to conserve, manage and restore Great Plains grasslands. A poster session will allow participants to contribute information on their own projects. A Summit report will be produced, based in large measure on feedback received during the breakout sessions, and additional synthesis papers will be published.
Great Plains Grassland Summit Steering Committee Members 

Summit Agenda

Click here for the summit program agenda
Draft List of Co-Leaders for Breakout Sessions 


Registration Pricing

Regular Registration: $100 by 3/15/18; $145 late
Student Registration: $50 by 3/15/18; $75 late
Exhibitor Registration (includes exhibit space + regular registration): $200 by 3/15/18; $245 late

Remember to select your top two breakout session theme choices:

  1. Working Lands
  2. Native Species and Biodiversity
  3. Invasive Species
  4. Fire
  5. Climate, Weather and Water
  6. Energy Development

Cancellations received by March 15, 2018 are subject to a 15% service charge. Cancellations received after that time will be charged the entire registration fee, but substitutions are always welcome.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Society for Ecological Restoration
  Society for Ecological Restoration has preapproved 8 CEUs under their Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.

The Wildlife Society
  The Wildlife Society has preapproved 13.5 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program. 

Call for Posters

A poster session will take place on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The theme of the session will be “Science and Management for Great Plains Grasslands”. Please email your poster abstract submission to Nehalem Clark by March 1, 2018, with “GPGS 2018 Poster” in the email subject line and the following information:
North Dakota Badlands

  1. Presenter name, institution, and email address
  2. List of co-author names and institutions
  3. Title
  4. Abstract/summary

Those that submit poster abstracts will be contacted in follow-up communications.
Posters should be no larger than 4’ wide by 3’ high (48” x 36”).
Call for Posters (PDF) 

Venue and Lodging

Grand Hyatt
The Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver, CO is the venue for the summit.
1750 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado, 80202, USA
Tel: +1 303 295 1234.

A reduced rate room block has been set aside at the Grand Hyatt. Click here to book a Grand Hyatt room.
Both per diem and non per-diem lodging is available at the headquarters hotel: The Grand Hyatt Denver. Per diem is at the prevailing rate of $180 plus tax and non per diem is available at $269 plus tax. After March 12, 2018, reduced rate lodging will be offered on space available basis. The Hyatt can be reached at 303-295-1234 with rooms under the group name: Grassland Summit.


  • The Grand Hyatt offers Valet Parking for a fee in their covered garage adjoining the hotel.
  • Self-parking is available for a fee at several parking lots located near the hotel.

Click here for a list of alternate lodging options. 


Transportation Centers:

  • Denver International Airport: 25 miles
  • Union Station: 1 mile

Denver offers several modes of transportation for getting around the area.

  • 16th Street Shuttle – Runs throughout the central business and entertainment district of downtown Denver
  • Light Rail Service/RTD – Stops at most corners in the city, including Invesco Field, Pepsi Center/Six Flags/Elitch Gardens, Union Station – Lower downtown (LODO)/Coors Field/16th Street Mall.
  • Denver Airport Rail– Travelers can now use A Line, the new rail service from Denver International Airport to LoDo’s (lower downtown) Union Station and back, courtesy of Regional Transportation District (RTD). The Denver airport rail has six stops along the way and takes approximately 37 minutes at a cost of $9 each way.

For more information about transportation to and from the airport, contact Ground Transportation at (303) 342-4059 or by e-mail

Sponsors & Exhibitors

We invite you to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2018 Grassland Summit — gain exposure for your organization to conservation and management professionals, network, and exchange information and ideas! Your participation will assist us in hosting a world-class event and demonstrate your organization’s commitment to conservation and land management. In exchange, your organization will have the valuable opportunity to make face-to-face connections with managers, conservationists, and private landowners in the Great Plains; you’ll have access to people who value your products and services; and the exposure will reinforce your brand awareness and maximize visibility in the grassland community.

Exhibit space is available at $200 for either a table top or free standing booth area and includes regular registration. Click on the red “Register” button above and choose Exhibitor registration.

Sponsors will be listed on the website and those who sponsor at the Bronze Level and above will have additional advertising made available to them. Tables will be provided for educational materials if requested.

Sponsorship levels

  • Diamond Level $10,000
  • Platinum Level $7,500
  • Gold Level $5,000
  • Silver Level $3,000
  • Bronze Level $1,500
  • Friends Level $1000
  • Affiliates Level $100-$500

To sponsor the Great Plains Grassland Summit, contact Richard Zabel or Deborah Finch


For information about logistics, contact: Richard Zabel, 503-226-4562.
For information about the program, contact: Deborah Finch, 505-724-3671.