CARCD’s 75th Annual Conference

“The Future of a Resilient California Starts Here: Celebrating 75 Years of Local Resource Conservation and Beyond”

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) will host its 75th Annual Conference in beautiful Santa Barbara at the Hilton Beachfront Resort from Tuesday, November 17 to Friday, November 20, 2020. The theme will be “The Future of a Resilient California Starts Here: Celebrating 75 Years of Local Resource Conservation and Beyond”. Thank you to the Cachuma Resource Conservation District (RCD) for generously co-hosting this year’s conference.

In recognition of the 75th landmark anniversary, practitioners, scientists, and the public will come together to reflect on California’s long history of environmental conservation and look to the future to envision how the state can build momentum as a conservation leader nationally and internationally. CARCD will bring together representatives from federal and state agencies, non-profits, private industries, farming communities, and Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) to celebrate successes and address urgent challenges including climate-smart agriculture, the tree mortality crisis, community fire resilience, sustainable groundwater management, watershed health, social equity in conservation, and wildlife preservation.

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.

Tuesday, November 17: Soil Health Terrace and RCD Capacity Day (for RCD board and staff)

Wednesday, November 18: Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions, NRCS-RCD Partnership Awards, and RCD Awards Dinner

Thursday, November 19: Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions, High School Speak-Off Competition, and End of Conference Celebration Dinner

Friday, November 20: CARCD Annual Business Meeting

Please direct any questions to Kiko Barr, conference coordinator, who can be reached at or (916) 836-4804.   

Lodging at the Hilton Beachfront Resort

Please check back for a CARCD room block booking link. Group rates at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort will start at $161+tax, with a $15/night resort fee. Rates are available for the nights of:

  • Monday (11/16/20)
  • Tuesday (11/17/20)
  • Wednesday (11/18/20)
  • Thursday (11/19/20)
  • Friday (11/20/20)

The last day for group rates will be Monday, October 26, 2020.

Request for Abstracts Coming Soon

Please check back for an announcement about our Request for Abstracts.

Registration Opening in August

Early bird registration for the conference will open in August.


We believe that voluntary, locally-led conservation is the key to ensuring thriving landscapes and adaptable communities for all Californians. Becoming a CARCD Conference sponsor 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. Sponsorship information coming soon.

Attendees snack and mingle at the Wednesday night sponsor mixer