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Annual Meeting of NDCTWS (2018)

The NDCTWS annual meeting will be held February 7-9, 2018 at the Baymont Inn and Suites, Mandan, ND. On-line registration is now open at Please take this opportunity to register on-line. Hope to see you all there!  

Dr. Randy Olson’s ‘Beyond Better Biology’ Workshops are OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

If you are a member of the NDCTWS and would like to register to attend one of the ‘Beyond Better Biology’ workshops that will be held on February 9, 2016, please do so soon.  Student members and/or student non-members are invited to register for the workshop that will be held on February 10, 2015. To register, please visit and click on the ‘Membership and Event Registration’ tab.

All members will be receiving an email in the very near future that provides instructions for logging in to register.


Dr. Randy Olson, filmmaker, biologist, and author of ‘Don’t Be Such A Scientist’, will lead workshops for natural resource professionals on February 9, and for students on February 10 (prior to the start of the 2016 NDCTWS Annual Conference.  These workshops will provide tips and strategies to help us tell our conservation story more effectively. Click Workshop Flyer for additional information – seating is limited, so be sure to register early!

ND Chapter of The Wildlife Society Presents – Beyond Better Biology – Learn How to Tell Your Conservation Story More Effectively!

February 10-12, 2015 – Mandan, North Dakota

The 2016 Annual Conference will focus on improving the effectiveness of conservation communication.  The Conference will feature a number of unique speakers representing disciplines not normally considered by the conservation community. These speakers will help us to more effectively tell our conservation story.  In addition, preceding the Conference, there will be two professional development workshops and a free student seminar focused on storytelling for scientists. The workshops will be led by Dr. Randy Olson and held on Tuesday  (2/9/16), and the student seminar on Wednesday morning.  Details on the workshops and registration forms will be available in the fall newsletter. To learn more about the workshops and Conference, please contact Rick Nelson (701/355-8509) or Mike Olson (701/425-7952). 

In preparation for this year’s Conference and workshops, the planning committee recommends the following:

  • Randy Olson, Don’t be such a Scientist – Talking Substance in the Age of Style
  • Randy Olson, Connection – Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking
  • Randy Olson, Houston…We Have a Narrative (Due out in October)
  • Dr. Frank Lutz, Words That Work

Annual Conference – February 11-13, 2015

The NDCTWS annual conference is scheduled for February 11-13, 2015 at the Seven Seas in Mandan. The theme is “2015 – A Pivotal Year for the Future of Conservation”. If you are interested in presenting a paper or poster at the meeting, please send an abstract which includes the title, authors names, address, phone #, and email address to Todd Frerichs at by December 1, 2014.  December 1 is also the deadline for awards nominations and budget requests.

Teddy Roosevelt Family Day…a Huge Success!

The 2014 Teddy Roosevelt Family Day was held at McDowell Dam near Bismarck on September 28. Approximately 1,200 people attended this event, which was sponsored by ND Game & Fish, ND Chapter of the Wildlife Society, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Girl and Boy Scouts, and 4-H. The event highlighted outdoor skills related to hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, birdwatching, survival, safety, and more!