Initial Publication Date: July 9, 2019

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Greetings Rendezvous Participants!

Rendezvous is just a few short days away! Below is important information that you will want to note. We realize this is a lot of information, but please read the entire email for important details:

Participant Information page

  • Please look over the Participant Information page for information on arriving at the Rendezvous including ground transportation options and registration check in, during the Rendezvous including campus locations and evening events, and after the Rendezvous including information on local attractions and highlights.
  • If you've registered to stay in on-campus housing, please check in directly at the New Residence Center between 8am-8pm. We will send more information in a separate email.
  • Attending Rendezvous for the first time? Check out these pages with resources you may find useful for navigating the Rendezvous.

Sunday Events

  • Please look over the Sunday Events page for detailed information on the Mammoth Cave field trip itinerary (pre-registration required).
  • The Rendezvous Review Camp begins Sunday at 8:30 am in Lawson Agriculture Hall, Room 111, located on John Merritt Blvd and 32nd Avenue. (Participation is application-based. Please only attend if you had been notified of acceptance.)
  • The NGSS Tagging Camp also begins at 8:30 am in Lawson Agriculture Hall, Room 112, located on John Merritt Blvd and 32nd Avenue. (Participation is application-based. Please only attend if you had been notified of acceptance.)

Check In

  • On Sunday only, on-site registration will be available at Vanderbilt University in front of the entrance to the Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room #140 between 5:30-8:30pm.
  • Monday through Friday, registration will continue through the week in the lobby of Humphries Building at TSU from 7:30am-4:30pm.
  • You must check in at the registration table before attending any events, so please allow enough time before your workshop or event begins.

Opening Reception (sponsored by NAGT's Southeastern Section)

  • Join us for the opening reception at Vanderbilt University from 7-8:30 pm in the Student Life Center, Board of Trust Room #140.
  • Take this opportunity to meet new colleagues, catch up with old ones, and anticipate a great week of Earth education. Light appetizers and a no-host/cash only bar.
  • Drink tickets can be purchased at the registration table for $7 each. Only cash/check accepted.

Code of Conduct at the Rendezvous

  • NAGT meetings and events foster the exchange of ideas, through open and respectful dialogues at oral and poster sessions, workshops, field trips, short courses, mentorships and other NAGT-supported programs. NAGT promotes, provides, expects and endorses a professional and respectful atmosphere and values a diversity of views and opinions. NAGT's Events Code of Conduct Policy is important to promoting diversity and creating an inclusive, supportive, and collaborative environment for all people.

Earth Educators' Rendezvous Challenge

  • Last year, NAGT received $4000 in pledges for the first ever NAGT Challenge. We are repeating this Challenge for 2019 to raise funds for travel stipends to the 2020 Earth Educators' Rendezvous. The only way we can 'unlock' these funds is to raise an additional $4,000 for a dollar-to-dollar match. If we are successful, we will have $8,000 to provide travel stipends for participants to attend the 2020 Rendezvous. Give now through your NAGT Membership account and select the Professional Development Fund.

Going Green: Receive Rendezvous Information Online

  • Bring your laptop or wireless device; the Rendezvous is "green" and will not be printing an Official Program.
  • There will be ample maps and signage at the registration desk (and there is a daily PDF schedule for download and/or print at the top of the Program) but please have the Rendezvous website bookmarked for accessing program information on your laptop or device.
  • In addition, you may find it handy to have your device at many workshops, mini-workshops, and teaching demos.
  • Forgot what workshops you registered for? No problem, your name tag will include these details.

Presenting at the Rendezvous?

  • Review the Presenter Guidelines web page regarding format and how to upload a digital copy of your presentations and materials. If you are presenting a poster, please bring it with you. Oral presentations should be uploaded no later than 8:00 a.m. the morning of your presentation. If you are leading a teaching demo, please bring any materials you may need.

Review the Program

  • We hope that you will take some time to look at the official Program and plan how to maximize the Rendezvous offerings for you. While you are expected to attend the full morning workshop for which you registered, you have lots of opportunities to customize the afternoon. Follow a particular theme or mix and match to create your own conference experience—we want to have your time at the Rendezvous be as rewarding and productive as possible! While you can freely move between contributed oral sessions, if you plan to attend an afternoon mini-workshop please stay in the workshop for its full duration.

Connect Via Social Media and our Rendezvous Digital Message Board

  • Message Board
    • Looking to share a ride to and from the airport? New to the Rendezvous and looking for lunch/dinner companions? Do you want to follow up with folks following discussions started in your workshop or poster session? Please utilize our digital message board to continue the conversations and networking.
  • Twitter
    • If you know of something that you think other participants should know about, just send a tweet to @nagtgeo and include the hashtag #EarthER19. We'll be gathering all those tweets together on a page so that we can all benefit in near-real time.
  • Facebook
    • The Rendezvous will also be sharing images and posts of interesting things happening via the NAGT Facebook page. Be sure to "Like" NAGT so you'll get these updates as well.

Evening Email

  • Be sure to check your email for our nightly communication which will include last minute updates and highlights for the upcoming day.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Nashville soon!