NET 2013 Agenda

National Extension Tourism Conference: DRAFT PROGRAM

2013 National Extension Tourism Conference Program

“Tourism-Building Lasting Relationships

DoubleTree Suites Detroit, Downtown-Fort Shelby
Detroit, Michigan, August 6-9, 2013

Final NET 2013 Program as PDF



Preliminary Agenda Outline

Keynote Speaker Ted Eubanks

General Session Speakers

Presentations, & Workshops

Tuesday, August 6th

  • 4-6 pm Registration at Hotel
  • 6 pm Welcome reception at the Hotel DoubleTree Suites

Wednesday, August 7

  • Registration
  • Detroit CVB information station will be available during this time
  • Light breakfast/continental
  • 9 am opening session
  • Morning – general sessions
  • Welcome – conference chair, local official
  • Pure Michigan – George Zimmermann
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon – Breakout sessions
  • Evening – dinner/keynote speaker Ted Eubanks Fermata, Inc.

Thursday, August 8

  • Breakfast
  • Morning
  • General announcements/final instructions for tours
  • Breakout sessions
  • Box lunch
  • Afternoon – off-site field trips Off-site programs relate to projects Extension is involved in or partners Extension regularly works with
  •  Food & Farm
  •  Paddle of Peddle in the D
  •  Sea Grant Discovery Cruise
  •  Hometown History Tour
  •  Delish Detroit

NET 2013 off-site programs

Food and Farms
This program will highlight Detroit Eastern Market and the unique partnership with MSU Extension. Each week as many as 40,000 people flock to Eastern Market for its Saturday Market to enjoy one of the most authentic urban adventures in the United States. The market and the adjacent district are rare finds in a global economy – a local food district with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food. At the heart of Eastern Market is a six-block public market that has been feeding Detroit since 1891. We will also visit Earthworks Urban Farm. In 1997, Brother Rick Samyn felt a calling to start a garden at his workplace, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. The response was overwhelming and positive. Earthworks Urban Farm seeks to build a just, beautiful food system through education, inspiration, and community development. We seek to restore our connection to the environment and community. It is a working study in social justice and in knowing the origin of the food we eat. Total Capacity 50

Paddle or Pedal in the D
This tour begins with a bus trip to Belle Isle with a stop at the Nature Zoo to hear about the restoration of the Detroit River followed by your choice of a 1.5 hour guided biking or kayaking tour of the city. Kayakers will explore the international waters of the Detroit River around Belle Isle where you can view the skylines of Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. Bikers will explore the newly revitalized Detroit River Walk, Milliken State Park, the Dequindre Cut Greenway and Eastern Market. All equipment is provided. Total Capacity 50 Kayaking limited to 25 participants. Biking limited to 25 participants.

Sea Grant Discovery Cruise
On the bus ride to the launching point for this program, learn about the river rehabilitation projects Sea Grant has been involved in along this national wildlife refuge. Then experience first-hand one of Michigan Sea Grant’s Summer Discovery Cruises. You will learn about the development of this program as well as Wind, Waves & Weather – the topic for our cruise. The Great Lakes influence our weather, and the weather can have a great influence on the Great Lakes (ever hear of the Great Storm of 1913?). Join NOAA National Weather Service meteorologists on a cruise that explores the “why?” behind the wind, waves and weather around us. Learn how to be safe the next time weather threatens, what some of the old sailor sayings like “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” really mean, why we don’t have hurricanes in the Great Lakes, what kind of wave a “seiche” is, and much more! We ship out rain or shine! Limited to 25 participants

Hometown History Tour
Designed for both visitors and those wanting to be a tourist in their own town, Hometown History Tours began in 2010. This narrated bus tour will take you to unique places that showcase Detroit’s 300+ years of storied history including the first Europeans, Underground Railroad, birth of the Motor City, Prohibition and the Motown Museum. This tour includes a stop at the Hitsville U.S.A. where participants will take a walking tour of the Motown Museum to see the home where Berry Gordy, Jr. lived and Studio A where the Motown sound was born and flourished. Total Capacity 50

Delish Detroit
Delish Detroit is the gastronomic side of Feet On The Street Tours. Feet on the Street Tours encourages people to get their feet and appetites on the streets of Detroit through progressive walking tours. Delish Detroit will lead you on a variety of culinary adventures throughout the city to discover the many flavors it has to offer! We are still working on the final details but adventures range from informal tastings and food crawls to more upscale progressive dining tours. Enjoy unique foods, explore local food businesses and restaurants, and experience meeting the chefs, bakers and brewers. In between stops you will hear from the tour operator about how her business has grown and expanded. Total Capacity 25

  • Dinner on your own


Friday, August 9

  • Tourism CoP Session by Dr Craig Wood – Breakfast
  • Sea Grant Coastal Tourism Initiatives and Partnership Opportunities - Jim Falk, Sea Grant Associate Director and Marine Advisory Service Director, Delaware
  • Asset Mapping for the Extension Tourism CoP
  • Conference adjourns at the end of Morning session


Prior to Friday morning please review as much of the information from the page linked below as you can. CoP Boot Camp Series (

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