(Updated January 4, 2013)
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aug. 17-19 — Arrive in Salt Lake City by around 2 p.m. and plan to meet host Teri Ehresman at the SLC airport. A rental vehicle will be used to transport participants to Idaho Falls Saturday evening. Guests will stay at the Shilo Inn ($81 per room per night including breakfasts). We will travel to Jackson on Sunday for a visit to Jenny Lake and an optional short hike to Hidden Falls, visit the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitors Center and some shopping in downtown Jackson. On Monday the group will tour the Idaho National Laboratory where the power source was made for the Mars Science Laboratory's rover named Curiosity. The group will learn about the next NASA mission the team is working on. After the tour the group will return to Salt Lake City. RSVP to Teri Ehresman (email@example.com). Participants will be responsible for their own hotel room costs and meals. Media Network Idaho will cover vehicle rental expenses.
Tuesday, Aug. 20 — Kennecott Copper Mine and Great Salt Lake Tour (7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
See the world's richest mine and world's largest earth moving vehicles, then briefly visit the Great Salt Lake. The costs include the admission prices for the Mine visitors' center. Return to hotel by 11:30 a.m. for scheduled conference events. Cost: $60 per person. The afternoon participants can go shopping on their own at the nearby City Center Shopping Center or visit the Family History to learn about your roots. Both options are within easy walking distance of the hotel. Cost: $50 per person (plus lunch on your own).
Wednesday, Aug. 21 — Park City Historical Tour
Park City, Utah, an hour east of Salt Lake City, was the location for many of the skiing events when Salt Lake City hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 2002. The tour includes scenic Parleys Canyon, Olympic Park and museum, athletes in training for 2014 Olympics, Main Street walk of historical galleries, Deer Valley ski resort, also Canyons and Park City resorts, lunch on own and 90 minutes of shopping time at the Outlet Mall on the way back to Salt Lake City. Cost: $60 per person (plus lunch on your own).
Thursday Aug. 22 — Salt Lake City Grand Tour (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
Visit the Utah Capitol, governor's mansion, Temple Square and the Tabernacle Organ, Pioneer Trail, Pony Express Station, Pioneer Heritage Living Center, Old Fort Douglas, Olympic Village, University of Utah, Old Union Pacific Station and the unique architecture of the City Library with an expert guide.
(Thursday is NFPW logo day! Wear your NFPW logo-wear or purple attire!)
- 11:45 a.m. — NFPW state president/leadership no-host lunch (tentative)
- 1-5 p.m. — NFPW Memorial Service, general membership meeting and social hour/speed networking session followed by introduction of Communicator of Achievement nominees, Marriott City Center Hotel
- 5:30 p.m. — Dinner on your own at one of many downtown restaurants
- 8-9:30 p.m. — Optional free excursion: Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsal session on Temple Square, about 3 blocks from hotel. (Note: The choir has not yet released their August 2013 schedule, but rehearsals are usually held every Thursday evening.)
Friday, Aug 23, 2013
- 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. — NFPW meetings and workshops
- 6-7 p.m. — Reception
- 7-10 p.m. — Communicator of Achievement dinner and recognition
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013
- 7:30 a.m. — Breakfast, President's Roundtable, and invitation to the 2014 conference in South Carolina
- 9 to 5 p.m. — Workshops and High School Journalism Awards Luncheon
- 6-7 p.m. — Reception
- 7-9:30 p.m. — Communications Contest Awards Banquet and installation of NFPW officers
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Aug. 25-27 — Post conference tour to Moab area in southern Utah. See details below. RSVP deadline is May 31 to Peggy Parks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Post-conference tour to visit southern Utah
If you have never been to southern Utah, you don't want to miss the post-conference tour immediately following the NFPW conference in Salt Lake City.
The tour bus will load Sunday morning for a trip of unbelievable beautiful scenery. The bus will head south winding through Utah with a stop for a picnic style lunch in Dead Horse Point State Park and time for exploring and photo taking. Perhaps Utah's most spectacular state park, Dead Horse Point is a promontory of stone surrounded by steep cliffs that provide breathtaking views of canyon country and the pinnaclkes and buttes of Canyonlands National Park.
Late Sunday afternoon our bus will stop at our hotel in Moab where we will spend both Sunday and Monday nights. Sunday evening participants can stroll the streets of Moab and dine at one of several restaurants within walking distance from the hotel.
Monday the tour bus will head to Arches National Park. Jaw-dropping rocks, fins, spires, balanced rocks and other startling rock formations, scattered over 73,379 scenic acres make up Arches National Park. This is where you can find the largest number of natural stone arches in the country. The bus will stop at several points of interest in the Park and participants can take a couple of easy walks for better views of some of the rock formations. We plan to have a picnic lunch in the park before returning to Moab. Monday afternoon a river tour on the Colorado River is planned (water level permitting) along with a dinner near the boat launch area.
Tuesday morning load the buses by 8:30 a.m. and head to a movie museum at Red Cliffs Lodge, arriving about 9:30 a.m. for an hour of exploring. We will return to Moad for lunch on our own and some last minute shopping before heading back to Salt Lake City, arriving about 6 p.m.
Cost for the three-day tour is $375 double occupancy or $450 single occupancy. The price includes bus transportation, two nights lodging in Moab, breakfast Monday and Tuesday at the Moab hotel, lunch Sunday and Monday in the Utah parks, admission to both parks and dinner Monday evening. Deadline to sign up for the post-tour is Friday, May 31. Registration and payment should be sent to Peggy Parks, Media Network Idaho, P.O. Box 1317, Challis, Idaho 83226. We will try to locate a roommate for those needing one.