Natural Legacy Conference 2022

SAVE THE DATE for the annual Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference set for Oct. 11-13, 2022, at Chadron State College in northwest Nebraska.

The Nebraska Natural Legacy Project is the blueprint for conservation of at-risk species and landscapes in Nebraska. The annual conference covers research, education and management, with presentations from field biologists, students and conservation practitioners.


Registrations are due by Monday, Oct. 3.


A few notes about registration:

  • Registration fees will be PAID AT THE DOOR upon arrival to the conference. We will be accepting cash, check or credit card at the door. State employees, including Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Game and Parks partner positions and other state agencies, and students with a university IBT number will be billed after the event.
  • Registration is $50 and will cover the conference sessions, field trips and food. Please mark which meals you plan to attend on the registration form.
  • There is a discounted rate of $25 for students and Master Naturalists.
  • Virtual registration via Zoom will be free. Virtual attendees still need to register in order to the get links and agenda for the conference.


We have a block of rooms reserved at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chadron for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. If you will need a room, please 308-747-2223 and book under the “Nebraska Game and Parks Conference” to get the block room rate of $96. Book by Sept. 30 to guarantee the room rate.

Other overnight stay options are available in or near Chadron if you prefer other options; recommendations include the nearby Chadron State Park.

Call for Presentations

We are seeking abstracts/summaries for presentations for the Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference.

Participation is encouraged from:

  • Projects specifically supported by the Natural Legacy Project or State Wildlife Grants
  • Presentations pertaining to Nebraska’s at-risk species or habitats
  • Highlights of natural resource management, biodiversity, conservation, environmental education, or research; particularly from a landowner perspective
  • Conservation efforts occurring in Northwest Nebraska
  • Interactive, participatory, engaging presentations highly encouraged

Submit abstract/summary of your presentation to by Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. Please include: Title, Abstract/Summary, Names of all authors with affiliation and email address.

Natural Legacy Awards

We are seeking nominations for the 2022 Nebraska Natural Legacy Awards. We have two Natural Legacy Awards: our Conservation Award and our Education Award.

  • Please consider nominating an individual or organization that exemplifies the Natural Legacy Project’s mission of conserving Nebraska’s flora, fauna, and natural habitats for our Natural Legacy Conservation Award. This year, we are giving additional consideration to private landowners/producers who focus on land stewardship and conservation.
  • We also have the Natural Legacy Education Award; we encourage you to consider nominating someone that has advanced environmental or conservation education and has inspired others to learn about natural resources and the Natural Legacy Project.

If you have nominated someone in the past that did not receive an award, you are welcome to resubmit their nomination this year. See the Nomination Forms below. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 23, 2022.

Natural Legacy Conservation Award Nomination Form

Natural Legacy Education Award Nomination Form


A rough agenda is below. Time is provided on Tuesday and Thursday for travel to and from Chadron, Nebraska.

Please check back closer to the conference for a detailed agenda.

Tuesday, October 11th

  • Evening reception with presentation, meal, and networking

Wednesday, October 12th

  • Morning presentations/sessions
  • Lunch and networking
  • Field trips to local sites
  • Supper and presentation

Thursday, October 13th

  • Morning presentations/sessions
  • Lunch and depart

Past Conferences

2021 Conference Website
2020 Conference Website

You can view recordings of past presentations at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission YouTube page.

Questions or comments? Please contact