The theme of the meeting is “The Next Generation in Best Practices.” This broad theme is intended to reflect the core aim of SPNHC to codify and disseminate best practices for the development, management, and care of natural history collections and their associated data. A number of workshop opportunities will be featured on June 18 and 19. Those currently in development include care of historic mammalian taxidermy, disaster preparedness, natural history biodiversity informatics, and a directors’ summit on digital data. A variety of interesting and engaging speakers are being lined up for the plenary session on June 20. The goal for the technical sessions on June 21 and 22 is to highlight best practices, new solutions, and the use of technology as it relates to the session themes.

Themes for technical sessions include:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Impacts of Changing Regulations
  • Moving Collections
  • New Solutions to Old Problems
  • Public Access to Collections
  • Sustainability
  • Demo Camp
  • Advances in Digitization Worldwide: an iDigBio Symposium
  • Innovative Uses of Collections Data: an iDigBio Symposium

This meeting does not happen without the generous support of our tradeshow partners. The tradeshow will bring together a host of sponsoring partners whose products and technologies help us meet the unique demands of 21st century collections care, access, and use, along with an important industry focus on being green. Please plan to attend the Passport to Partners Reception on June 21!

The last of several planned social events will be a gala celebration at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on June 22! Tours of the new Avenir Collections Center at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be a highlight on June 23. A variety of field trips featuring Colorado’s unique natural and cultural history will be offered on June 24 including: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Rocky Mountain Arsenal & National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver Botanic Garden’s Chatfield Farms, and Mount Evans followed by Denver Botanic Gardens.

Annual Meeting Event Schedules

Revised Detailed Schedule (PDF)

Annual Business Meeting (PDF)

If you would like to arrange an ad hoc meetup to discuss something not covered at SPNHC 2017 here is a Google doc to organize yourselves. 

Full Program

Full Conference Program (PDF)