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2024 Black Hills Area Botany & Ecology Workshop

March 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 2024 Black Hills Area Botany & Ecology Workshop will be Friday, March 1, 2024, at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, SD. Emphasis will be on the in-person event, but sponsors will offer remote participation (via Zoom) to both speakers and watchers. Therefore, sponsors will ask you to register in advance in order to plan well for both venues.

It’s now time to register for the 2024 Black Hills Area Botany and Ecology Workshop (BHABEW) on March 1st! Everything you need to know about this year’s workshop (except your personal Zoom link) is in this email, so please keep it handy!


The workshop will take place on-site at The Outdoor Campus – West, 4130 Adventure Trail, Rapid City, SD, and on-line via Zoom, courtesy of The Nature Conservancy. Although there is no registration fee, sponsors ask that everyone (especially off-site speakers!!!!) pre-register, whether you will attend on-site or online. Please register at this link:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting, regardless of whether you say you’ll be on-site or online. That way, if something comes up at the last minute and you can’t attend in-person, you’ll still be able to hear the great talks lined up. To help us plan, sponsors ask that you register by February 23. In the registration form, you’ll be asked to indicate whether you will attend on-site or online.  Please indicate “in-person” even if you aren’t sure at this time that you’ll be able to be there. This is especially important this year because you’ll also be asked if you’ll attend a chili feed lunch at the workshop site. NOTE that this is different from previous years. Yes, it’s at the workshop site and at lunch time!  There is no charge for that lunch, but donations to The Nature Conservancy to help cover costs won’t be refused.

Program and Publicity

Here is a nearly final schedule for the day. Please share this email with anyone you think may be interested but not on the BHABEW mailing list yet.

Door Prizes

Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day for on-site participants. If you would like to contribute to the selection of prizes, just bring them the day of the workshop.

Snacks and Sustainability

The Nature Conservancy will provide coffee, tea, a variety of snacks, and an optional lunch. If you attend on site, please bring your own mug for coffee, bottle for water, and even your own dishes for lunch if you like. Also please bring a name tag.

Contingency Plan for Adverse Weather Conditions

The workshop will occur on-site unless Rapid City area schools are closed the day of the workshop. Please travel only if you feel comfortable; use your Zoom link to attend if you don’t!

For more information – Amy Symstad:

Research Ecologist“asymstad@usgs.gov” <asymstad@usgs.gov>

U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Mailing address:
Wind Cave National Park, 26611 U.S. Hwy 385, Hot Springs, SD 57747


March 1
8:00 am - 5:00 pm