Extra Activities

This year, registrants will have an option to participate in a golf outing at the Mountain View Country Club or a Sustainability Tour or an AMR Film Festival on Thursday Afternoon (June 25, 2015).   You must register separately for these outings.

Following the afternoon activities, there will be further networking opportunities with a happy hour, silent auction, and banquet dinner where the prestigious MayFly Award will be presented to this year’s outstanding AMD watershed community member.

Golf Outing

Owned by the Ramada and located just 4 miles from the Conference Center, the Mountain View Country Club offers some of the best golfing in Central Pennsylvania.  Your registration fee will include green fees, a golf cart, and a box lunch (picked up prior to departure).  Transportation to the golf course is on your own.  The “pre registered” tee times begin at 1PM, “walk-in” tee times are up to the discretion of the golf course and may not guarantee that you get back in time for dinner.

Sustainability Tour

A tour around the Nittany Valley and/or surrounding areas to see sustainability in practice.  We will leave promptly at 12:30PM (after lunch) from the front of the Ramada Conference Center.

The first stop is the Arboretum at Penn State, then the Forest Resources Building to see the green roof, on to the University Area Joint Authority (UAJA) Wastewater Treatment Facility to hear about the beneficial reuse initiatives, then to the Tait Farm Harvest Shop and Greenhouse and last stop is the Seven Mountains Winery before heading back to the Ramada Conference Center.

Space will be limited to 48 registrants.  Please be sure that you wear sturdy shoes, as not to slip, and that your health permits stair climbing.  Registration fees for the tour will also include round-trip transportation.  Be sure to pick up your boxed lunch prior to boarding the bus.

Proceeds for these two events will serve as a fundraiser for WPCAMR and EPCAMR and will help support future PA AMR Conferences.

AMR Film Festival

If you do not wish to go on the excursions Thursday Afternoon, we will be hosting an “AMR Film Festival” for free, no pre-registration required, but it is limited to 60 guests.  There will be an encore showing Thursday Night after dinner (time to be announced).

Films include:

ARIPPA: 25 Years of Accomplishments
A video of the progress and accomplishments of ARIPPA plant members over the past 25 years. It includes before and after reclamation photos, AMD/AML photos, and short video clips from several governmental officials. Produced by ARIPPA

 

Monastery Run Improvement Project
Produced for the 20th anniversary of the project, this short video documents the history of the Monastery Run Improvement Project, a passive wetland treatment system in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. This video screened at a symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the project. Produced by St. Vincent College.

 

Silver Cinders: The Legacy of Coal and Coke in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Take a journey to the past and learn about the development of the coal and coke industry in southwestern Pennsylvania. “Silver Cinders” documents the birth and decline of this once powerful industry, which touched the lives of so many in the region. Learn about the fledgling coal and coke industry in the early 1880’s and how it contrasts to the environmental and economic climate of the region today. Produced by Cultural Heritage Research Services, Inc. for the PA Department of Environmental Protection, 2000.

 

Operation Scarlift
This historical film details the efforts of Operation Scarlift, a Pennsylvania program with a mission to reclaim and restore abandoned mine lands. Produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources in 1970.

 

The Conference planning committee was accepting submissions until March 31, 2015.  Think about it for next year, we may have started a tradition!  This is a great opportunity for watershed groups to highlight their projects and exercise their creative skills behind a video camera.

YouTube and Vimeo submissions as well as DVD’s are eligible for consideration. Environmental topics are preferred. Films should be no longer than 30 minutes and be of original material. Download the Film festival entry form.

 

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