The AREA Conference is being held at the Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTS). It is a unique venue for training in conservation and aquatic education. NCTC is a walking campus on a 533 acre property. The instructional classrooms, commons, and housing are situated within the rural setting of both forest and grasslands. The architectural design demonstrates the buildings and walkways are blended with the landscape to entice guests to shed their metropolis pressures. Outdoor patios, walkways, and break areas are situated to easily view the Mid-Atlantic area wildlife throughout the four seasons. Birds, white-tailed deer, fox, and other critters are frequently seen skittering up nearby trees or moving along a grassland culvert. AREA delegates will enjoy the NCTC Campus and all that it offers as much as the learning labs and educational presentations offered. Read more at this page.