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10th International Oak Society Conference 2022

Event Date: 
Tuesday, 30 August 2022 to Friday, 2 September 2022

Organ Mountains with banner

Oaks in a Wild Landscape: Conserving Species and Restoring Balance

International Oak Society Conferences are an opportunity to connect and network with other oak experts, share ideas and information on new studies and research, and identify collaborations for future oak conservation projects. The 10th IOS Conference will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center and will focus on a range of topics including conservation, restoration, urban forestry, horticulture/arboriculture, climate modeling, and oak culture and utilization. Additionally, the Conference will host hands-on workshops, poster sessions, and a Day Trip to view local oak species in situ. Our famed Pre- and Post-Conference Tours are scheduled to take place over four days before and after the Conference.

For the first time, the IOS Conference will be a joint gathering with the Global Conservation Consortium for Oak (GCCO). One day of the Conference will feature sessions hosted by GCCO. 

While the experience of our Conference and associated Tours can only properly be lived in person, the Conference Committee is working hard to make it possible to attend presentations virtually, so that members who are unable to travel to New Mexico can participate in the event. Registration for the Conference and Tours is open on the Conference Website. For more details on the Conference Tours, check our Upcoming Events page here. See link below to submit a proposal for an oral presentation, poster, or workshop. 

Conference Agenda

August 30: 5 p.m. Opening Reception and Keynote

August 31: General and concurrent sessions - 3:30 p.m. IOS Meeting of Members

September 1: Sessions hosted by the Global Conservation Consortium for Oak - 6 p.m. Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony

September 2: Morning: General sessions – Afternoon: Day Trip to Dripping Springs Natural Area in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, a unique landscape holding many treasures, such as Quercus arizonica and the rare Q. ×organensis -  5 p.m. Seed Exchange

Pre-Conference Tours

Two Options:

August 27–30 Trans-Pecos Texas: Explore remote Texas mountain ranges and Big Bend National Park in search of rare and endangered oaks. Tour guides: Adam Black and Michael Eason.

August 27–30 - Central New Mexico: Travel from Albuquerque to the Gila National Forest where you will encounter giant Gambel oaks (Q. gambelii), enormous Emory oaks (Q. emoryi) and stunning scenery. Tour guides: Anna Forester and Michael Meléndrez.

Post-Conference Tour

September 3–6 - Southwest New Mexico and Arizona: Travel west from Las Cruces into Arizona in search of Q. toumeyi, Q. palmeri and many others. Stops at the Chiricahua National Monument and Grand Canyon highlight this tour. Tour guides: Sean Hogan and Darin Jenke.

Lodging Information

We are holding rooms at two hotels at walking distance from the Las Cruces Convention Center. Please contact them as soon as possible to make your reservation. Rooms will be held only until early August. Hotel charges are not included in Conference registration fees.

Courtyard by Marriott Las Cruces at NMSU
Options for booking:

  1. Call the hotel at (575) 526-1722, press 1 for reservations or press 3 to be connected to front desk. Ask to make a reservation under group block “INTERNATIONAL OAK SOCIETY” in August 2022
  2. Use Marriott mobile app on your phone and add the Group Code: IOSIOSQ or IOSIOSK
  3. Use a direct reservation link by clicking here.

Please note that the last day to book under this group block is August 2, 2022. Any reservations made after this cut-off date will be based on next best available rate.

Ramada by Wyndham Las Cruces
Options for booking:

  1. Call the hotel at (575) 526-4411. Ask to make a reservation using the Group Code CGAAAA.
  2. Use a direct reservation link by clicking here.

Please note that the last day to book under this group block is August 20, 2022. Any reservations made after this cut-off date will be based on next best available rate.

Las Cruces Convention Center
680 E University Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001
United States
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