2017 Conference Information

Saturday's events will be held at the Reitz Union in Gainesville: 655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville FL 32611

Conference festivities will kick-off Friday night with a meet & greet dinner in GUE's home of High Springs. Saturday will feature guest speakers and wide-ranging topics at the UF Reitz Union followed by a casual dinner social on-site. On Sunday we head back to High Springs for a day of diving, workshops, and fun followed by a relaxed barbecue dinner in beautiful Alachua. We hope to see you here!

Conference Registration Prices
Conservation Member$175
Bronze Member$150
Silver Member$125
Gold & Scholar Member$100
Platinum MemberFREE!

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Conference Registration Includes:
  • Two days of lectures, presentations, and workshops
  • Conference bag with goodies
  • Conference t-shirt (only until September 29!)
  • Breakfast pastries, fruit, and coffee Saturday morning
  • Snack & coffee breaks on Saturday
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner social on Saturday
  • Breakfast pastries, fruit, and coffee on Sunday morning
  • Barbecue lunch on Sunday


High Springs is located just 25 minutes north of Gainesville in beautiful North Central Florida. Local airports include Gainesville (GNV), Jacksonville (JAX, 1.5hrs north), and Orlando (MCO, 2hrs south).


There are a number of options for accommodation in the Gainesville, Alachua, and High Springs area. Conference activities on Saturday, October 28 will take place at the University of Florida Reitz Union. There are a limited number of rooms available on Saturday night at the campus hotel. GUE Conference attendees can receive a special rate of $89-99/night by using the group code GUE17 with reservations made before Thursday, September 28. Reserve now!

We are also pleased to offer you special group rates through two nearby hotels for Friday through Sunday nights.
  • Our previous conference hotel, the UF Hilton, is available to conference attendees for $149/night. You can book through this link, but only until Wednesday, September 27.
  • There are also rooms available at the Hampton Inn for $129/night when you book here. Discounted price is only available until Wednesday, September 27.

Conference activities on Sunday, October 29 will be held in High Springs.


Friday, October 27
North Florida Field Trip
Join Dr. Todd Kincaid for a full-day tour of North Florida. Meet at GUE HQ then head to the Santa Fe River for a canoe trip and O'leno State Park for a sinkhole hike. After lunch travel to Gainesville for a hike on Payne's Prairie and a tour of Devil's Millhopper sinkhole. $40 includes your transportation for the day, lunch, and canoe rental.

Tuesday, October 31 - Thursday, November 2
Guided Diving in the North Florida Caves with Kirill Egorov and other local guides

Guiding is offered through Extreme Exposure before and after the conference. Rate includes guide, tanks, and gas (Nitrox in doubles only)

  • Full Day $250/person
  • ½ Day $150/person
  • $50 discount for each additional person (max 3)

Don't forget, DEMA is in Orlando! Wednesday, November 1 - Saturday, November, 4

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