Convention and Trade Show


A note regarding our 2021 Convention and Trade Show:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continually monitoring the situation and are in conversation with entities in Portland to determine the best course of action for our community. As soon as we have a status update for our 2021 event, we will post it here.

Save the Date: 2021 Convention and Trade Show

February 7 – 11, 2021
Portland, OR

Each year, nonprofits, land management agencies, and businesses come together to network, learn and share expertise for the benefit of public lands.

2020 Convention and Trade Show Recap

Over 600 public lands professionals joined us on March 1 - 5, in Arlington, VA for our 2020 Convention and Trade Show. Throughout the week, participants attended 60+ education and Open Space sessions, shopped and sold interpretive products at the trade show and networked with their colleagues.

Thank you to the volunteers, nonprofits, agency staff, companies and sponsors who helped make this year's event a success!

What Attendees Say


"As a first year convention attendee, I was very impressed and inspired by the Speakers and could truly relate to them with the love that they have for our public lands. I will use this experience to enhance my skills with partners to make our public lands a richer place to visit!"

Juanita Souther US Army Corps of Engineers


"In 2017, we brought four staff, two members of our Board and the Deputy Superintendent to the PLA Convention. Each of us appreciated the education and networking and it brought us together as a partnership and team."

Cathy Bonser Redwood Parks Conservancy

Future Dates and Locations

  • February 7 - February 11, 2021 in Portland, OR
  • March 6 - March 10, 2022 in St. Louis, MO