Convention and Trade Show

PLA 2021 (Visit event website)

February 9 – 12, 2021 | Virtual event

Registration Now Open


Recognizing the challenges that COVID-19 presents to safely convening our members, partners and friends from across the nation, as well as the economic toll of the pandemic, PLA is moving our annual convention and trade show online in February 2021.

Rest assured, we remain committed to high-level strategic dialogue, exceptional educational content, an engaging trade show experience, and plenty of opportunities to network with colleagues, peers and business partners. And we are excited for the new possibilities this approach opens up for our signature event!



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


“The 2020 PLA Convention and Trade Show was important to the sustainability of our organization. I walked away with new ideas, an increased understanding of best practices, fresh energy and friends.”

Aryn LaBrake, Friends of Valle de Oro NWR


"Attending the 2020 PLA Convention and Trade Show exposed me to new opportunities and approaches to employ within my site, as well as gave me a better understanding of the framework in which my public lands partner works, in regard to their partner agencies."

Julie Dougherty Winger, Friends of Ebey’s Landing NHR

Future Dates and Locations

  • March 6 - March 10, 2022 in St. Louis, MO