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As the 13th largest state in the U.S., Idaho produces 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Some of these stones can be found nowhere else in the world, which is why our great state is known as The Gem State.

Boise is nestled where the high desert plain meets the Rocky Mountains with a pristine river flowing through its center. Boise finds its roots from the gold rush days of the 1800s.

Today, Boise is still the largest metropolitan community in the state with over 211,000 residents. Numerous international, national, regional and state corporations have their headquarters in Boise.

Boise has a lot to offer. Culture and entertainment mix nicely with the abundant outdoor recreation. Downtown Boise is alive with events, entertainment and a variety of dining and unique shopping options.

Plans are moving forward for the 36th Annual NAOSMM Conference and Trade Show. Tara Grove is working hard on the seminar schedule. The host committee has identified lots of things to do in Boise, so keep checking back for additional information as it becomes available.

Once again the Board has authorized a Trivia Contest. Not only will you learn a lot about Boise and Idaho but if you get all of the answers correct you will be entered into the drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive free registration to the 2010 NAOSMM Conference & Trade Show. Good luck and see you in Boise. Click here to see the quiz.

To get a feel of Boise go to: This video that the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau commissioned.

Conference & Trade Show Hotel

The Grove Hotel
245 S. Capitol Blvd.
Boise, ID 83702
      NAOSMM Room Rate - $109 per night plus tax [single or double]
Suite Rate - $179 per night plus tax
Self parking - $7 per day – Valet parking $12 per day.

To obtain contracted group rate: Call 1-888-961-5000 to make your reservation. The Grove Hotel is doing some web redesign, so please do not make your reservation through their web site. They have us in the system as the National Association of Scientific Materials Managers - Group code 61547.

Reservation Due Date Deadline for reserving rooms in our contracted room block is June 25, 2009.

Getting to Boise

Boise is serviced by several major airlines: Delta, Horizon, Alaska, Northwest, Southwest, United, U.S. Air, ExpressJet, SkyWest, and Frontier. Non-stop service is available from many cities, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Houston, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Phoenix, Portland, Las Vegas, Reno, Seattle, Spokane, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, and others.

Transportation to the Grove Hotel

Phones to the right of baggage claim – simply call the Grove Hotel and they will send a shuttle to pick you up and deliver you to the hotel at no charge.

Weather in July

Highs will be in the 90’s and it can reach 100+ degrees but it cools off in the evenings to the 60’s… Last July saw no precipitation and low humidity.

Historic Boise Tour - 7/26/2009

This tour travels through the heart of Downtown Boise. Participants will hear about the history surrounding Boise and all the different districts that have developed over the years. The tour will venture to the Old Boise Depot train station where the panoramic views of Boise are spectacular. This eagle’s eye view will show visitors the true expanse of our city. We will also travel through the arts districts and point out cultural and artistic venues. The Capital and surrounding buildings will be circled to highlight the center of our city. The Warm Springs area houses some of the most historic building in Boise and the commentary will bring participants back to the Wild West hearing about gold mining and claim jumping.

The tour gives visitors a great over view of the history as well as the current state of our capital city.

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Cost $15.00

Bird of Prey / Botanical Gardens Tour -7/31/2009

This tour starts at the World Center for Birds of Prey. This center has some of the most extensive displays on Raptors and Raptor conservation in the world. The birds and entire project make up an amazing facility for all animal lovers to view. A raptor talk and display of one of the birds will add a close up element to this tour.

After leaving the World Center for Birds of Prey we will visit the Idaho Botanical Gardens. We will enjoy a lunch in the shade at this beautiful location and then have a guided tour of the grounds. This guided portion is optional and guests are also welcome to just wander the exquisite gardens. We will then wrap up this tour at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Built in 1870 as a single cell prison this facility grew to accommodate Idaho’s first inmates. It is a beautiful sandstone facility rich with history. The Museum of Mining and Geology is in the same area and anyone interested can wander over there too…

This tour offers a great mix of some of Boise’s cultural highlights.

9:00 AM- 5:00 PM – Cost $40.00