2020 CARCD Virtual Conference

“The Future of a Resilient California Starts Here”

From November 12th – 23rd, 2020, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) continued the tradition of bringing together representatives from federal and state agencies, non-profits, private industries, farming communities, and resource conservation districts (RCDs) to share knowledgebuild partnerships, and address urgent natural resource challenges. Experts spoke on climate-smart agriculture, the tree mortality crisis, community fire resilience, sustainable groundwater management, watershed health, social equity in conservation, and wildlife preservation. This year for the first time, our conference was fully online.

The CARCD Annual Conference provides a unique opportunity to connect directly with RCDs, which are recognized as the go-to hubs for conservation and have been implementing voluntary, locally-led conservation on public and private lands since 1937. Meaningful progress will require a collaborative scaling up of solutions to these challenges, and we invite you to join us as we plan for the future.

Conference Recordings Now Available

We are excited to announce that the recordings for the 2020 CARCD Conference are now live! This library is available to all those who registered for the conference. You can watch the recording by following the three steps below:

1. Select the session: Find the session you want to watch on the online agenda and follow the link in the session description that says “Click here for the recording (accessible to attendees only)”.

2. Log in to your account: All videos are hosted on CARCD’s web portal. If you already set a password (many RCDs will already have an account with us), then go ahead and log in to access the recording. If this is your first time, then you will need to create a password using this password reset link. Make sure to use the email address that you used to register for the conference.

3. Watch the recording: Once you have clicked the link that says “Click here for the recording (accessible to attendees only)” and logged in, then you will see an embedded YouTube video of the session. Just click play to watch!

If you need any assistance logging in and accessing the recordings, please email info@carcd.org.

Thank you again to our amazing speakers who gave their time and lent their expertise. And thank you to our sponsors who made this conference possible. We appreciate our attendees who took came along with us on this experiment for an all-virtual conference. We hope to see you in Santa Barbara for 2021!


Click here to see the agenda (link)

Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13

RCD Capacity Day Meetings and trainings
Relevant to RCDs only

Monday – Friday, November 16 – 20, 2020
Main Sessions (Open to everyone)

Keynote Speakers

Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources

Karen Ross, California Secretary of Food and Agriculture

Thom Porter, California Director of Forestry and Fire Protection

Plenary Session Panels

Learning from Indigenous and Tribal Perspectives

The Future of of Forest Health and Fire Resilience Starts Here

The Future of Conservation on Farmlands Starts Here

The Future of Sustainable Sustainable Groundwater Starts Here

The Future of Local Action on Working Lands Starts Here

Click here to see the agenda (link)


Visual Agenda 

See the Conference from a birds-eye-view. Color Coded tracks to easily identify sessions that are relevant for you! 

To zoom in of the session details, click these links to view the RCD Capacity Day Agenda or the Full Conference Agenda 

Registration & Pricing

Individual Pricing 

For Full Conference Participation – A week of programming!

CARCD member: $95
Partners and non-members: $115
Student: $30 (Contact us for the discount code)

Group Pricing 

CARCD members: Registrants 1-6 are $95 each; Registrants 7-10 are $10 each
Partner / Non-member: Varies depending on size (Contact us for more information)


Daily Rates and Single Breakout or Plenary Sessions 

Daily Rate: $30
Single Session: $20

Click HERE to Register for daily or single sessions


Cancellation Policy

$20 cancellation fee applies before 11/12; no refund after 11/12

No refunds for daily or single sessions

Sponsor the Conference

We believe that voluntary, locally-led conservation is the key to ensuring thriving landscapes and adaptable communities for all Californians. We want to say a big thank you to the sponsors of the 2020 Annual CARCD Conference who took the leap with us for our first virtual conference. Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 conference in Santa Barbara.

View 2020 Sponsorship Prospectus

Contact Kiko Barr at kiko-barr@carcd.org or 916-836-4804 to learn more.

Virtual Conference FAQ

First time at a virtual conference? Here are some answers to common questions.

Q: When is the conference? What part should I attend?

A: Most of the keynote speakers, panels, and breakout presentations will be on Monday – Friday, November 16 – 20. Thursday & Friday, November 12 & 13 will be RCD Capacity Days which will feature trainings and meetings exclusively for RCDs to learn, grow, and connect with each other. The last day of conference, November 23 will be a member business meeting. Registration will include access to recordings for plenaries and breakout sessions so you can go at your own pace.

Q: What does an online conference look like?

A: We are partnering with CrowdCompass, a virtual conference platform, to deliver a seamless event experience. Registrants will be able to log in to CrowdCompass to create a customized agenda, find Zoom links for their sessions, chat with other attendees, and visit sponsor booths.

Q: Will the sessions be recorded and will I have access?

A: Yes! All plenaries and breakout presentations will be recorded and attendees will have access after the event.

Q: Will I be able to meet other people during this conference?

A: Yes! We want to take advantage of the opportunity to connect two people from opposite ends of the state with the click of a button. We will host social hours where folks can mingle from the comfort of their homes or offices. Many breakout sessions will include time for attendees to meet others and introduce themselves. Attendees can fill out profiles on CrowdCompass to chat and connect with others.