Many of these special events require advance registration.

Opening Reception

Tuesday, November 6, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Granite Mountain Room at conference hotel

Come reconnect with old friends and meet new colleagues while listening to Mary Leavitt and Jim Dunham, Arizona’s Cowboy Poet Singers. After a blessing performed by Albert Laughter, a Medicine man from the Dine’h tribe, members will be able to take advantage of the mini-taco self-service bar for dinner.

Peavine Hike

Wednesday, November 7, 7:00am - 8:00am
Permitted Uses: hiking, biking, and equestrian
Difficulty: easy
Hiking Time: variable

The “Rails to Trails” project helped form this winding trail that was once the route for the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix railroad. The trail covers some of the most beautiful scenery in Yavapai County. It meanders through lush riparian areas, through the beautiful Granite Dells, above Watson Lake, and towards open rangelands. Total length is 9.2 miles out and back. Note: We will not hike the entire trail due to conference timeline.

Plenary Luncheon

Wednesday, November 7, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Speaker: Bernardo Aguilar, Former Judge from Costa Rica.

“Seizing the Moment – Transformative International Education in the 21st Century”

Progressive Restaurant Hop

Wednesday, November 7, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Take the Restaurant Hop shuttle downtown to enjoy a delightful evening of tasty cuisine as we hop, or crawl, from one restaurant to another on Whiskey Row in historic downtown Prescott. Tentative schedule includes:

State Breakfast

Thursday, November 8, 7:30am – 9:00am
Join other NAFSAns for breakfast and learn more about NAFSA activities in your state.

Willow Lake Hike

(included as a 3:45pm concurrent session)
Thursday, November 8, 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Difficulty: easy
Hiking Time: variable

This 3.5-mile trail encircles a portion of Willow Lake above the high water mark. Access is from Heritage Park, Willow Lake, and Willow Creek Park. Now owned by the City of Prescott, Willow Lake is an ideal place to go bird-watching. Eagles, cormorants, pelicans, ducks and many other birds are beginning to make this a yearly stop since the lake is now staying full all year. We will break off the Willow Lake trail to access the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for a short tour before returning to the Prescott Resort.

Boxed Luncheon & Silent Auction

Thursday, November 8, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
The silent auction will be held in the Bradshaw room at the conference hotel. Box lunches will be provided. Expect to bid on artwork from local artists as well as items special to Arizona and other items donated by international educators.

Box lunches will be available only for those who ordered them in advance.

Pub Crawl

Thursday, November 8, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Come crawl on down to Whiskey Row in historic downtown Prescott. More details to follow. Learn more about what you can expect to see at

Regional Breakfast Meeting

Friday, November 9, 7:30am – 8:15am
Catch up with colleagues and get updated on NAFSA business in Region II. (Region II Business is 8:15am – 9:30am and is open to everyone.)