Salmonid Restoration Federation

38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference FAQs

Where is the 2020 Conference Facility?

The 2020 Annual Salmonid Restoration conference will be March 31-April 3, 2020 in Santa Cruz, CA. The workshops and field tours will meet at the Hotel Paradox at 611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. This hotel is also our largest group block.

April 2 and 3 (the main days of the conference) will be at the Cocoanut Grove on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. There is a large public parking lot across from the Cocoanut Grove and it is within walking or biking distance of Hotel Paradox.

What are the start and end times for Conference Events?

Tuesday and Wednesday workshops and field tours are 9am to 5pm on March 31 - April 1. Field tours promptly depart at 9am, so please come to the facility early to pick up your registration packet and pack a lunch for the day. Vans are provided for field tours. 

The concurrent sessions are on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, begin at 9am and end at 5pm.

How can I present at the SRF Conference?

SRF has an Open Call for Abstracts. Click here to view the First Call for Abstracts.

Information and registration details for the 2020 Poster Session are posted below in the FAQs.

How do I nominate someone for an award?

Please submit 200 words or more to nominate candidates for the illustrious Restorationist of the Year Award, the Golden Pipe Award for Innovation, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the new Gordon Becker Memorial River Advocate Award.

The restoration community mourns the loss of our colleague and friend, Gordon Becker, who is memorialized in this beautiful tribute. The Gordon Becker Memorial River Advocate Award is for candidates who have been strong river advocates or stewards.

All of these awards will be presented at the 2020 Salmonid Restoration Conference.

Nominations should be sent to by February 8, 2020. Please write "Award Nominations" in the subject line.

When and how can I present during the 2020 Conference Poster Session?
The Poster Session is 7-10 pm on Thursday, April 2 at the Cocoanut Grove. This annual event is open to all conference attendees and a great venue to network with your peers. There is no cost to attend or present a poster. We encourage posters, pamphlet distribution, software exhibits, and multimedia (video) presentations.
If you would like to present during the Poster Session, click here to pre-register.
Please email with any questions about the poster session.
What are my hotel options while attending the 2020 Conference?

The main group block for this conference is Hotel Paradox.

Hotel Paradox will offer premium poolside rooms for $199. Please call 1-831-600-4510 and ask for the 38th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference to book with our group block rate.

The fabulous Dream Inn on the Santa Cruz boardwalk is just a few minute walk from the conference facility at the Cocoanut Grove. Every room has spectacular ocean views. This boutique hotel is offering a deeply discounted rate for conference participants. This is an ideal choice if you are coming with family. Rates are $239 + tax per night for Sun - Thursday, and $359 for Friday and includes parking. To make a reservation, please call 831-740-8069 and ask for the Salmonid Restoration Federation Room Block. 

The Bayfront Inn is offering a 15% discount if you book online using the promo code "salmonid" to get a double queen room. To book a single king room, you will need to call (831) 423-8564 and mention the promo code "salmonid".

Hostelling International - Santa Cruz offers both dorm-style beds (starting at $30/night) and private rooms (starting at $79/night). SRF has not reserved a block with HI, so please make your reservations early! You can make reservations by phone at (831)423-8304 or through their online booking system. All reservations require your first and last name, your email address, and a Visa or Mastercard to hold your reservation.

Should I sign up for field tours and the Banquet in advance or can I decide at the conference?

Space is limited for the field tours and the Cabaret and Banquet. SRF expects that the banquet and field tours will sell out. We strongly advise advance registration to ensure that you can go on a field tour and attend the banquet.

How can I register for the 2020 Conference?

Registration for the conference is open now and early bird pricing is in effect until February 21, 2020.

Visit the 2020 Conference registration page for information on how to register. 

What meals are included in the cost of my registration?

Registration on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (March 31 - April 3, 2020) includes lunch, either at the facility if you are attending a workshop or field tour or a packed lunch if you are going on a field tour.

Evening meals during the conference are optional on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 1: The SRF Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner begins at 5:30pm. Please purchase tickets in advance, they may not be available at the door.

  • Thursday, April 2: Appetizers will be available during the Conference Poster Session from 7-10pm. Wine and beer will be for sale.

  • Friday, April 3: The Annual Conference Banquet and Cabaret is a conference highlight. Please purchase your tickets in advance to ensure a banquet ticket.