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Attendee Information for the NAEP 2023 Conference & Training Symposium

Welcome to the NAEP 2023 Conference & Training Symposium! Please review the information below detailing the event schedule, site location, parking, and more. If you have any questions about this information, please feel free to contact the NAEP office at [email protected] or at (206) 209-5286.

Travel and Parking Details

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 3.6 miles/7 minutes away from the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.

Airport Ground Transportation Options

Parking at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown

Self-Parking........$11.00 per vehicle, per day (overnight guests only)
                               $30.00 per vehicle, per day (non-overnight guests)


Parking rates are subject to change.
In and out privileges will be extended to overnight guests.

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Registration and Arrival

Please note that the dress code for this event is business casual. All sessions will be held on the second and fourth levels of the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, you can view the conference floorplan here. 

The conference registration desk will be open at the following times.

Registration Desk Hours
The registration desk is located in the Valley of the Sun Foyer.
Day 1: Sunday, May 7 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Day 1: Monday, May 8
7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Day 2: Tuesday, May 9
7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Day 3: Wednesday, May 10
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Day 4: Thursday, May 11 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

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View the full schedule on our website and on the NAEP conference app. 

Special Events and Meetings

  • Field Trip: Park of the Four Waters Tour
    Date and Time: Sunday, May 7 | 8:15 AM
    Location: Offsite; meet in the Valley of the Sun Foyer for walking departure at 8:15 AM. Tour will catch the 8:30 AM light rail. You will have a tour host to assist with navigation. The tour will then take the light rail to the Park of Four Waters. The light rail cost will be on your own.
    Be sure to wear close toed shoes and pack a hat. Water will be provided to you onsite but please feel empowered to bring your own water bottle.
    Park of Four Waters/Pueblo Grande/ S'edav Va'aki Museum
    4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
  • Opening Reception
    Date and Time: Sunday, May 7 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM
    Location: Valley Overlook
  • President's Reception
    Date and Time: Monday, May 8 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM
    Location: Valley Overlook
  • Environmental Professionals Radio Live Podcast Event
    Date and Time: Tuesday, May 9 | 8:00 – 9:15 AM
    Location: Valley of the sun Ballroom
  • Women+ In STEM
    Date and Time: Tuesday, May 9 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM
    Location: Valley Overlook
  • Field Trip: Liberty Wild Life Tour
    Date and Time: Wednesday, May 10 | 9:00 AM
    Location: Offsite
    Please meet at the Valley of the Sun Foyer for group bus loading at 8:30 AM. The bus will depart promptly at 8:45 for Liberty Wildlife. The tour will conclude at 10:30 AM with the bus leaving Liberty Wildlife promptly at 10:45 AM. Please be on time for these departures. 
  • AZAEP Meeting
    Date and Time: Wednesday, May 10 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM
    Location: Valley of the Sun Ballroom

  • NAEP Board Meeting 
    Date and Time: Wednesday, May 10 | 2:00 – 6:00 PM
    Location: Valley of the Sun Ballroom

Pre-Registered Events/Workshops

  • NEPA Essentials Workshop
    Date and Time: Sunday, May 7 | 8:00 – 5:00 PM
    Location: Encanto B

  • Advanced NEPA Workshop

    Date and Time: Thursday, May 11 | 8:00 – 5:00 PM
    Location: Camelback

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Be sure to take time to interact with our sponsors and exhibit tables during the breaks and throughout the conference. Make deeper connections with sponsors and exhibitors by inviting them to join you for social and other activities. 

View 2023 Sponsors and Exhibitors

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AICP CE Credits

All NAEP 2023 Conference sessions are registered for AICP credits. Each hour of sessions attended is eligible for 1 AICP credit hour. AICP certification maintenance credits are self-report on the AICP CM Log on the APA website.  

More information will be available after the conference.

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Dine Arounds

New this year! Dine Arounds are informal dinners at local restaurants that provide an opportunity for networking, stimulating conversation, and peer learning.

Dine Arounds will be available on Tuesday, May 9. Space is limited so sign up at the Registration Desk.

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Conference WiFi & App 

The WiFi network for the conference is MarriottBonvoy_Conference and the password is NAEP2023.

Hold NAEP 2023 in the palm of your hand! Search "NAEP Events" in the Apple App Store or Google Play to locate and download the free conference mobile app. Use the same email you use to register for the conference to log in to the app. 

Download NAEP Events App

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Tips for Attending the NAEP Conference

1. Plan which sessions you want to attend in advance

Check out the schedule on the website or download the app and make a note of which sessions or presenters you especially want to see.

2.  Wear comfortable shoes

You might find that you do a surprising amount of walking at a NAEP conference. Between getting from your hotel to the conference venue, walking between sessions, and going out in the evening for dinner or social events, you may well be on your feet all day. So make sure you wear shoes that are comfortable and won't cause you pain.

3. Dress in layers

Business casual is appropriate for all NAEP conferences and any related events. We do recommend that you dress in layers as session rooms can vary in temperature.

4. Do attend the social events

Social events such as receptions or networking events are an important part of the conference experience as they give you a chance to talk with the other attendees and sponsors in a more informal setting. So do make an effort to attend at least some of the social events as well as education sessions.

5. Stay in touch

As we all know, conferences are a great way to connect with our counterparts at other organizations or friends we haven't seen in a long time. Don't let contact end at the conference! We encourage you to stay in touch, share ideas, and compare challenges to get the most out of the conference.

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Surrounded by mountain ranges, the Greater Phoenix area encompasses more than 500 square miles of Sonoran Desert and is comprised of 24 total municipalities – each with a distinct set of characteristics, attractions and flavors that offer visitors a unique glimpse at the nation's fifth-largest city. Consider allowing time before or after conference sessions to check out the city.

Explore Phoenix

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Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Download the 2023 Exhibitor Toolkit for all your necessary information!

View 2023 Exhibitor Toolkit

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