Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2016

Beautiful coastline in San Juan, Puerto RicoBiodiversity without Boundaries (BWB) 2016 takes place April 18-22 in the biodiversity-rich, abundant, and beautiful Puerto Rico.

In collaboration with our Puerto Rico Network Partners - the Puerto Rico Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DRNA) and the leading environmental and educational nonprofit Para la Naturaleza - the NatureServe Network’s annual conference will convene hundreds of the world’s leading conservationists for a week of plenaries, symposiums, workshops, panels, presentations, and field sessions. NatureServe’s 80+ Network Member organizations, and our partners from federal and state agencies, corporations, and other conservation-focused institutions and enthusiasts will come together to discuss conservation challenges, celebrate successes, collaborate on new initiatives, share innovations, and design the future.

What to Expect

The first two days of BWB will kick off with broad, global conservation plenaries and discussions, highlighting biodiversity trends that span borders and continents, and provide global context to the most pressing conservation issues. Our Network Members will come away with a better understanding of how these overarching themes tie into their local work. Our partners from federal and state agencies, corporations, and other conservation-focused institutions will benefit from hearing and sharing their perspectives on how these themes connect to our network’s biodiversity information and expertise.

On Wednesday, participants will apply their lessons learned in the field, as we head out into the wild lands and shores of Puerto Rico to view local solutions to conservation challenges.

The remainder of the week offers focused breakout session opportunities to use biodiversity information, dive deeper into conservation assessments and planning, and hone skills that build organizational capacity.  These collaborative workshops and sessions bring together both network members and partners to discover, share, and learn from one another in interactive settings.

Why Should I Attend?

NatureServe Network Members:

  • Connect your work to overarching global conservation issues
  • Develop meaningful relationships across the network
  • Learn about new methods and techniques that help your organization
  • Share your work to help other network members and partners
  • Collaborate with others working on similar projects
  • Develop new business relationships


  • Understand how you can most effectively access and use objective, scientific biodiversity information to guide conservation decisions
  • Develop direct connections and relationships with biodiversity experts
  • Learn about tools and resources to save you time and inform your work
  • Discover how biodiversity information can play an important role in larger conservation projects and sustainability efforts
  • Explore case studies of how biodiversity information has successfully guided conservation action and measured the effectiveness of these actions

Biodiversity Champions:

  • Connect with people who share your passion for biodiversity
  • Learn about how you can get involved in efforts to better track and record species and habitats
  • Meet expert scientists who have their fingers on the pulse of biodiversity and conservation
  • Educate yourself about the latest trends, topics, and tools in biodiversity science and conservation planning
  • Share your perspectives with a wide audience of decision-makers and conservation enthusiasts

Broad Agenda

Date Day Hours Activity(s)
4/18/16 Monday   Welcome
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Plenary and Breakout Sessions
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
4/19/16 Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Plenary and Breakout Sessions
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM NatureServe Conservation Award Dinner
4/20/16 Wednesday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Plenary and Breakout Sessions
    12:30 PM - TBD Field Sessions
4/21/16 Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Breakout Sessions
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Network Awards Reception
4/22/16 Friday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions
    12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Wrap Up


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Early Bird Registration (Ends March 18, 2016)

  One Day Full Conference Full Conference Plus Charitable Gift
General $250 $545 $595
Network Members and Staff $195 $475 $525
NatureServe Network Leadership Members $170 $425 $475
Regular Registration
  One Day Full Conference Full Conference Plus Charitable Gift
General $260 $570 $620

Network Members and Staff

$205 $495 $550
NatureServe Network Leadership Members $180 $440 $525

Full-Conference Registration includes:

  • Admission to all sessions - plenary, breakout, and field
  • Monday evening cocktail reception
  • Tuesday evening Conservation Award Dinner
  • Thursday evening Network Awards Reception
  • Daily morning and afternoon break service

Full-Conference Plus Charitable Gift Registration:

This option includes everything in the full-conference registration plus a charitable gift to help offset unsupported conference costs. Biodiversity Without Boundaries is the leading venue for science-driven conservation. The conference is critical for effecting conservation action. Yet, registration fees cover only a small portion of the total expense, and we rely on the support of sponsors, exhibitors, and donors. If you wish to become a supporter of Biodiversity Without Boundaries to help ensure conservation is informed by the best science possible, please give a gift by selecting the Full-Conference Plus Charitable Gift registration option. Alternatively, you can become a sponsor, exhibitor, or donate a different amount by contacting Jessica Hamke (; 703.908.1895).

A portion of your contribution under this option may be tax-deductible. 

One-Day Registration includes:

  • Admission to one day's plenary and/or breakout sessions
  • Morning and afternoon break service

One-day registrants are also invited to join us at the Monday or Thursday Evening Receptions for an additional $20 each and the Conservation Award Dinner on Tuesday evening for an additional $48.  Be sure to select that option during the registration process.

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Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2016 - Cancellation Policy

NatureServe has a sliding scale for registration reimbursement that reflects our out-of-pocket costs.

  • Prior to March 11, 2016 – 50 percent
  • March 12 to April 1, 2016 – 25 percent
  • After April 1, 2016 – no refund

The policy applies to conference fees (including meals and field trips) paid to NatureServe. There will be a $50 processing fee charged for any cancellations received.


Thank you to our partners and sponsors!