CARCD’s 73rd Annual Conference

“Celebrating Resilient Landscapes and Adaptive Communities”

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) continued the tradition of bringing together the conservation community from around the state at the 73rd Annual CARCD Conference. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Resilient Landscapes and Adaptive Communities” and the conference was held from November 14-17, 2018 at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa in San Diego, California.

Featuring four days of trainings, breakout sessions, panels, and networking opportunities, the Annual CARCD Conference was a highly anticipated event that brought together over 250 conservation practitioners, scientists, private landowners and land managers, legislators, non-profits, and State and Federal agency representatives.

In San Diego, participants explored and celebrated the strategies, programs, and partnerships that are helping to cultivate thriving landscapes and adaptable communities throughout California. This conference was a unique opportunity to build new and strengthen existing partnerships, become acquainted with locally-driven conservation programs throughout the state, and explore opportunities for innovation through the cross-pollination of ideas.

For the second year, CARCD Conference in hosting the 3rd Soil Health Summit on Wednesday November 14th.

View our registration page to learn more about conference activities, meals, and other training opportunities.


We believe that voluntary, locally-led conservation is the key to ensuring thriving landscapes and adaptable communities for all Californians. This is an exciting opportunity to gain recognition for the work that you do, network with like-minded professionals, and promote the visibility of your organization or business. For more information on sponsorship view our Sponsorship Page.

Become a conference sponsor today and enjoy the numerous benefits of sharing your organization’s knowledge, services, and resources to hundreds of conservation and resource management professionals from throughout the state. Download the 2018 Annual CARCD Conference Sponsorship Packet for additional information and stay tuned for how to become a sponsor for our 74th conference in 2019.

Conference FAQs:

Where are conference participants staying?

Stay on-property at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa! The magnificent views of San Diego Bay creates the perfect backdrop to inspire conference participants to engage in natural resource discourse. The Kona Kai rooms are available through our “CARCD Conference” group rate.

* 10/5/18 Kona Kai room block is sold out. Thank you registrants! CARCD does not officially have alternative lodging to suggest as the needs of our attendees may differ, but there are a number of other options directly on the marina including Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn, The Bay Club Hotel & Marina, and Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina.

How can I sign up as a sponsor?

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the 73rd Annual CARCD Conference! Please submit this Sponsorship Form or e-mail with your inquiry or sponsorship confirmation.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions about this event or about how to register?

Please contact Kristen Murphy, Conference Coordiantor, with your inquiry.

Conference Sponsors