Become an exhibitor!

How can your organization inspire learning, enrich lives, and make a difference in a changing world? Would you like to reach out to active naturalists, landowners, and volunteers and tell them your story? You can do this and more by becoming an exhibitor at the annual Gathering Partners of Natural Resources conference!

Reach your target audience

The conference is hosted jointly by University of Minnesota Extension program staff from the Minnesota Master Naturalist, Invasive Species, Forestry and Citizen Science programs. You can learn more about the work we do across the state by visiting z.umn.edu/ExtVolunteer.

Each year our conference welcomes Minnesota Master Naturalist and AIS Detectors volunteers, instructors, the Minnesota Phenology Network, woodland owners, citizen science volunteers, and others interested in the outdoors and Minnesota’s natural resources. Our attendees love spending time outdoors and devote their time to enhancing and protecting Minnesota’s natural resources. We expect to have 150-200 attendees join us in Red Wing in 2022. 

Exhibitor details

  • Booth registration is $100 for businesses or vendors. Non-profit organizations or groups may request a free exhibit booth. (Groups reserving a free booth may sell organization memberships at an exhibit booth, but not merchandise.)
  • The conference will take place at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Check-in at the conference registration table in the Event Center’s Pre-Function Area to get your name tag and other materials.
  • Booths may be set up between 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20 or between 7:00 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 21. Exhibits can be removed after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, but you are welcome to stay until the conference ends at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Exhibits should be removed no later than 2:00 pm on Sunday.
  • We will provide an 8-foot table and 2 chairs for each exhibit. Let us know if you have special requests such as an extra table or a corner location – nothing is guaranteed but we’ll do our best to accommodate. NOTE: Electricity is not available. 
  • An Exhibitor Reception will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 5 – 6:30 p.m., but there will be plenty of break times between sessions for people to stop by your tables. We do not require you to staff your exhibit the entire conference, just during the Exhibitor Reception. 
  • Please note that exhibitor registration does not include access to meals or conference sessions. Treasure Island offers several options for dining, or you can register as an attendee. This conference provides natural resources learning opportunities for individuals of any background, with indoor and outdoor learning opportunities for people of all skill levels. Enjoy a weekend full of learning, outdoors, and fun with us!

More ways to contribute

Donate to the silent auction

Every year the Gathering Partners silent auction showcases hundreds of items thanks to generous donors. From handcrafted goods to books and live plants to beautiful artwork, there is something for everyone. If you have an item you'd like to donate, drop it off when you check-in at registration.  

Become a sponsor

If you or your organization would like to help sponsor this annual gathering of landowners, educators, volunteers, and nature-lovers, we have several sponsorship packages available. Sponsorship is an important component that allows us to help keep conference registration fees low and support a broad audience to attend. Building a well-educated public to help support Minnesota's natural resources is a critical part of our annual conference goal. Learn more about available sponsor packages and benefits.

Spread the word

If you know of local organizations that may be interested in sponsoring, exhibiting, or donating to our silent auction, we'd love it if you shared with them too!