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2011 Western Region Space Grant Directors Meeting

Fairbanks, Alaska August 25-27



Meeting Registration:

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2011: $350

Late Registration After May 31, 2011: $400

The meeting registration includes the following items:

  • Welcome Reception on Thursday evening (August 25) at the Wedgewood
  • Breakfast served Friday and Saturday (August 26-27) at the Wedgewood
  • Buffet Lunch on Friday (August 26) at the Wedgewood
  • Dinner on Friday evening (August 26) at the Salmon Bake in Pioneer Park. Transportation will be provided.

Registration Closed

Hotel Information: Wedgewood Resort

We have negotiated with the resort a room rate of $159 per night for suite-style accommodations and $149 per night for hotel-style accommodations (Bear Lodge) plus taxes. This rate is available for the nights of 8/24/11 to 8/28/11. The deadline for hotel reservations under this special rate is 11:59 p.m. on June 25. All rooms are internet equipped. Check-in time is after 4:00 p.m. Check-out time is 11:00 am.

Rooms are still available at the Bear Lodge 8/24-8/28

In order to reserve a room, please call 800-528-4916 and refer to the "Western Regional Space Grant Conference"

The Wedgewood Resort is the ultimate Alaska destination

Wedgewood Resort, nestled on 105 acres, is the ideal place to experience the natural beauty of Alaska. Surrounded by a 75-acre wildlife sanctuary and a 2,000-acre migratory waterfowl refuge, Wedgewood Resort encompasses the beauty of Alaska’s flora and fauna in abundance.

You won’t be roughing it when you stay at our resort. We offer a restaurant, lounge, espresso bar, a giant cabbage patch garden and an unforgettable antique auto museum. The resort is centrally located to Fairbanks entertainment, cultural events and Alaskan shops. A trip to town is easy on the complimentary Fountainhead trolley during the summer.

Optional Excursions

Thursday, August 25

Riverboat Discovery ($55 per person - includes transportation. Depart: 1:00 pm from Wedgewood - 3 hour boat ride - Return 5:00 pm)

Welcome aboard! Your three hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and the heart of a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for four generations. You will see a bush floatplane taking off alongside a "bush" style runway, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher, and gain insight into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture. Alaskan Native guides who have worked and lived in Alaska will take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village.

Eldorado Gold Mine ($40 per person - includes transportation. Depart: 8:00 am from Wedgewood - 2 hour tour - Return: 12:30 pm)

Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at the El Dorado Gold Mine. Ride the Tanana Valley Railroad for an adventure into the gold fields of the Interior. A two-hour guided tour takes you through a permafrost tunnel where Alaska's history comes alive. Enjoy a walking tour of our mining camp. Meet and talk with Alaska miners as you learn about present day placer mining methods. After a short course in gold mining, grab your own "poke" filled with pay dirt right out of a sluice box and try your hand at panning for gold. Everyone finds gold. We guarantee it!

Poker Flat Research Range ($35 per person- includes transportation. 2 hour tour at Poker Flat Research Range w/lunch on your own at Chatanika Lodge – Return: 6:00 p.m.)

Poker Flat Research Range is the world's only scientific rocket launching facility owned by a university. Poker Flat is located approximately 30 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska and is operated by the University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute under contract to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, which is part of the Goddard Space Flight Center. In addition to launching sounding rockets, Poker Flat is home to many scientific instruments designed to study the arctic atmosphere and ionosphere.

Friday Evening, August 26

Palace Theatre "Golden Heart Review" ($18.00 per person)

"The Golden Heart Revue" is a lighthearted, comic look at the colorful characters from early & present day Fairbanks. With the Fairbanks gold strike by Italian immigrant miner, Felix Pedro, in 1902, came the opportunists, homemakers and other seekers who built the town of Fairbanks on the banks of the Chena River in the very heart of the vast Alaskan wilderness.

The Palace Theatre is located in Pioneer Park's Gold Rush Town - an authentic taste of the frontier Old Town Fairbanks - and is located just a short walk away from your dinner spot before the show.

Airport and Transportation

For those flying, it is recommended that you schedule your flight into Fairbanks (FAI) early. During this time it is "peak" tourist season so flights will be crowded. Depending on your travel plans, transportation to all events, including the optional excursion, will be provided. The hotel has a shuttle that picks up at the airport, or a taxi will cost approximately $15 one-way to the hotel from the airport. A trolley service is available for easy and convenient transportation from and to the hotel to tour Fairbanks.

Explore Fairbanks and Alaska
Visit the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau website for things to do and see while in Fairbanks.