We can only hope we’ll look this good at 100! The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial anniversary throughout 2016 with a range of special events scheduled for parks around the country. If you’ve been fortunate enough to visit one of the 59 U.S. parks, you can attest to their beauty, ranging from jagged mountain peaks in Glacier National Park to geological wonders at Grand Canyon National Park and scenic trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But besides providing the perfect backdrop for Instagram photos, national parks can also serve as a destination for meetings and events (no extra decor required; Mother Nature has it handled).
Vicki Herian, executive director of Society of Wood Science and Technology, tapped into this resource when looking for an appropriate venue for her group’s 58th annual convention. She wanted a location that would tie into the international attendees’ interests—meaning someplace surrounded by an abundance of trees.
Planning with more than a two-year lead, Herian already knew the 2015 event would be in North America. But with more than 175 attendees coming from 36 countries, and a goal of adding new members, the location had to have a strong pull—especially because the SWST 2016 convention is slated for Brazil.