“Let your Resources Roar!”

September 15-17, 2019

Roaring River State Park – Cassville, Missouri

Save the date for the next AMI conference “Let your Resources Roar!” at Roaring River State Park, near Cassville MO, September 15-17, 2019. Roaring River State Park is one of Missouri’s crown jewels and one of the most attended state parks. Key features include the Roaring River Spring and trout hatchery, Emory Melton Inn and Conference Center, hiking, camping, Roaring River Hills Wild Area, and Hardwood Cove Natural Area. Please make plans to join us for a wonderful conference where we will find techniques and ideas to help you “Let Your Resources Roar!”


Accommodations will be at the park’s

Emory Melton Inn & Conference Center

24667 MO-112, Cassville, MO 65625.

Lodging Options include rooms, cabins, campsites, or *Camp Smokey (group camp). Reservations for rooms, cabins and campsites are made through the Inn by going to: OR calling 417/847-2330. Rooms at the Inn are $69/night for regular rooms (2 per room) and $89/night for suites (2 per room) Cabins are $89/night (4 per cabin). Ask for Stephanie and mention AMI. Rates will be good until August 1st.

*Camp Smokey accommodations are made with your AMI Registration and are $5/night. Camp Smokey will be available starting Sunday, September 15th. You will need your own bedding and toiletries at Camp Smokey.

2019 Tentative Conference Schedule

Saturday, September 14th

  •      Pre-Conference Field Sessions

Sunday, September 15th

  • Conference Opening (early afternoon) and Keynote Speaker
  • Concurrent Session
  • Evening Pizza / Activity

Monday, September 16th

  • Off-site Field Sessions (full & half day)
  • Scholarship Auction (evening)

Tuesday, September 17th

  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Business Meeting
  • AMI Interpreters Quiz
  • Awards Banquet (evening)

Conference Registration

Full Registration:

Pre-registration deadline is August 22, 2019–after that, you must register at the Workshop ($10 higher fee))

Regular Registration (AMI Member or Non-Member)$100.00
AMI Life Member Registration $85.00
Student Registration $70.00

(includes membership renewal for the upcoming year, banquet & some meals)

A 2019 Registration Packet, with a paper registration form, is available for download below. To register online, please fill out the linked form on SurveyMonkey.

The SurveyMonkey registration form will give the workshop committee a means of tracking registrations electronically, but you will NOT be able to pay for your registration form here.  Your confirmation email will include instructions on how to send payment to AMI treasurer Phillip Brinkley via mail, email, or fax.  We realize many of you will use your agency’s purchasing cards for payment, so AMI obtained the ability to accept credit card payments.  To save service charges, you will be asked to fill out a form and mail or fax the information to Phillip, or call him and give him your credit card number.  We hope to have online payment capability in the future without the use of third-party processors, but we are still looking for a safe and affordable option.


Field Sessions


Each field session has a maximum and a minimum number of participants.  Please indicate 1st and 2nd choices.

1. Wilderness Backpacking (Big Piney Wilderness Area)

High level of exertion / Overnight experience

Whether you are a beginner, or a veteran backpacker gets ready to explore Piney Creek Wilderness Area in SW Missouri. Its combination of glades, forests, steep rocky hillsides, and narrow drainages offers unusual beauty and a measure of solitude for wilderness lovers. Along with hiking during the day you will experience one night of tent camping in the wilderness. This backpacking field trip does include stream crossings, moderate to difficult terrain and elevation changes. More information will be sent out regarding meeting location and supply needs.

 – Leaves Noon Saturday & Returns 10:00 am Sunday

– Cost $15

– Maximum of 10; Minimum of 5

2. Wonders of Wildlife Museum (Springfield)

Minimal level of exertion

This is your chance to visit one of the newest premier wildlife museums in North America. Participants will get to explore the aquarium and museum and have a look behind the scenes with aquarium or WOW personnel. This museum features wildlife from around the world. Lunch on your own.

ALL DAY SESSION: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

– Cost $40

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 20

NOTE: Sessions #3 & #4 can be done in tandem. It is possible to do both Projects and still be able to attend session #5.

3. Project WILD About ELK

(Emory Melton Inn – Roaring River State Park)

Moderate level of exertion

This a terrific curriculum and activity guide for elk in Missouri. You will be trained in and receive a special elk guide that follows the Project WILD’s mission to help students learn how to think. An elk traveling trunk will further stoke those program ideas.

HALF DAY SESSION – MORNING (9:00 am to noon)

– Cost $15

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 10

4. Project Flying WILD

(Emory Melton Inn – Roaring River State Park)

Minimal level of exertion

Join us to learn about and take home this unique three-part curriculum guide all about birds!  Each section targets a specific group: educators, volunteers, and middle school students. This material multi-discipline; it gives you and young people the ability to assist or create bird-related festivals.           

HALF DAY SESSION – AFTERNOON (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm)

– Cost $15

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 10

5. Eureka Springs Adventure (Eureka Springs, Arkansas)

Moderate level of exertion

EVENING SESSION (5:00 pm to 10:00 pm)

Experience the sights, sounds, and taste of Eureka Springs,

Arkansas. We will arrive in time to eat dinner at one of the area restaurants. At 7:00 pm be prepared to see orbs and unusual sights as we take a ghost tour of the famous Crescent Hotel.

Be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces.     

– Leaves and returns to Emory Melton Inn

– Cost $40 ($15 for dinner and $25 for the tour)

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 10


Most Field Sessions are FREE, with Full Registration. Nominal cost for Springfield/Greene County Parks and NW AR Mountain Biking, all lunches are on your own.  Please indicate 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices.

1. Springfield/Greene County Parks (Springfield)

Minimal level of exertion / FEE of $7 for Box Lunch.

The Springfield Botanical Gardens experience will show how our resources roar through the efforts of volunteers. The session includes docent-guided immersion into Missouri’s first all-native butterfly house, a trip back in time with the Grey-Campbell Farmstead, a guided stroll in the Japanese Garden, and an interpretive ride around many of the gardens in a solar-powered tram. Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged as we will walk a little over one mile. Mobility accommodations may be available with advanced notice. Boxed lunches will be provided by Park Board Catering.

-Leave 7:30 am – return by 5:00 pm

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 10

2. Shoal Creek Education (Joplin)


Moderate level of exertion

Start your day with a refreshing float trip down Shoal Creek while you enjoy the sights and sounds of water and wildlife from the Tipton Ford Access. Your adventure continues as you visit the Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center and learn about the challenges of taking over a facility and getting it up and running.   You will also explore a rare ecosystem, a Chert Glade and what makes it so unique.  If time permits you may also visit Wildcat Glade Natural Area and discover other Joplin natural wonders such as Mother Nature’s Gap and Grand Falls. To top off your journey, lunch will be on your own, as we dine on local cuisine and maybe even dine in an old train car.

-Leave 7:30 am – return by 5:00 pm

– Maximum of 12; Minimum of 6

3. Mountain Biking in NW Arkansas (Bentonville, AR)

Moderate level of exertion

OPTION: $50 for Mtn bike rental; FREE if you bring your own Mtn bike.

Get ready to shred some trails in Northwest Arkansas!  Phat Tire Bike shop will be providing rental bikes for a guided mountain bike experience.  After lunch, we will learn more about what mountain biking means to the community of northwest Arkansas. Previous bike riding experience is recommended.  Lunch on your own.

– Leave 8:00 am – return at 5:00 pm

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 10

NOTE: The following 2 sessions are being repeated twice so that you can do one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

4.1 Dye Tracing 
(morning: 8:30 am-noon)

4.2 Dye Tracing 
(afternoon:1:00 pm – 4:30 pm)  

(Roaring River State Park)

Moderate level of exertion

Have you ever wondered how they find the recharge area of a spring? Here is your chance to learn. You will have the opportunity to help with dye injections as part of an ongoing project to delineate a recharge area/watershed of Roaring River Spring.  This will involve actual dye injections, the safety requirements required, and how results are collected and analyzed. There may be some off-trail hiking of up to half a mile in the rugged Ozark terrain Lunch is on your own.

–  Maximum of 8; Minimum of 3

5.1 Cave Mapping
(morning: 8:30 am – noon)

5.2 Cave Mapping
(afternoon:1:00 pm – 4:30 pm)

(Roaring River State Park) – High level of exertion

Are you interested in how to map a cave? In this field trip, the Cave Research Foundation will be crawling into and mapping Moonshiners Cave here at Roaring River State Park. In addition to learning cave mapping techniques, participants will also be shown how the Cave Research Foundation inventories cave biology and other resources while mapping the caves. This is a very strenuous and extreme field trip.  Lunch is on your own.

–  Maximum of 8; Minimum of 3

6. Ozark Mountain State Park (Branson)

Moderate level of exertionLeave by 8:00 am – Return by 5:00 pm

Ozark Mountain State Park is one of Missouri’s newest state parks. This park has a large glade habitat and the remnants of the town of Garber. As we hike the established trails, we will learn the challenges of management and preservation with a new park. Beware, there may be an encounter from a real Baldknobber who roams these rugged hills.  If time permits, we will visit the Golden Pioneer Museum on the way back.

– Lunch is on your own.

–  Maximum of 25; Minimum is 10

7. Milking History (Diamond & Monett)

Minimal level of exertion

Did you realize you could get milk from a peanut? Yes, it is possible! On the field trip to George Washington Carver National Monument after a visit to the visitor center and tour of the park; you will learn how to get milk from a peanut! You will follow this up with a trip to the Monett Historical Society and museum in a restored bank build. They will discuss the history of Monett as well as what it took to restore this historical building.  Lunch will be on your own,

– Leave 8:00 am – return 5:00 pm

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 5

8. Barry County History (Cassville)  

Moderate level of exertion

Barry County has a rich and colorful history. Barry County History Museum is home to the Field’s Photo Archive. Includes a video of the “Mountain Maid”. Local oral histories. One room school, sheds, agriculture museum, fire engine, train, lots of local history. Learn about how the historical society acquired these historic photos, how they care for them, and how they utilize them to educate the local community.

–  Leave 8:30 am – return by noon

– Maximum of 25; Minimum of 5

Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting at the 2019 AMI Conference, please complete the attached form and send it to Janice Schnake Greene at Missouri State University. 

AMI Scholarship and Professional Development Auction

As always, dig around in your basements, closets, and offices for those unique items for the auction!   The AMI auction is our only fundraiser for our scholarship fund, which allows AMI to provide student scholarships as well as professional development stipends for our members.   If you wish to donate an item, please download the fillable form here to give the buyers more information about your item.

2018 Auction Letter

Be a Volunteer at the Conference

Being a volunteer is a good way to give back and help everyone have a memorable conference. There are several volunteer opportunities for you to choose from this year. They include:

– Session Moderator

– Van Driver

– Scholarship Auction

– Audio/Visual Assistant 

– Sunday Evening Assistant

– Registration Assistant

– Field Session Leader

– Hospitality Room

When you register for the conference please consider signing up as a volunteer.

Your service will be appreciated.

Interested in Vending?

Vending opportunities will be available during the Conference. For more details on being a vendor contact Kathy Miller at or (417) 598-9991.

2019 AMI Conference Committee

Tim Smith – Chair

Kim Banner

Cyndi Cogbill

Becky Day

Dana Hoisington

Matt Kantola

Kathy Miller

Jessie Ballard

Patricia Chambers

Erica Cox

Janice Greene

Kelly Koch

John Milller