Attendees and guests will need to sign up for the Guest Tour and Wednesday Outing at the National Board on-site registration desk at The Grand America Hotel located in the Grand Ballroom Offices North and South.
|On-Site Registration Desk Hours:
|Sunday, May 5
||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
|Monday, May 6
||8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
|Tuesday, May 7
||8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Monday’s leisure time and Tuesday’s tour are for GUEST participation only. Wednesday's outing is for ATTENDEES and GUESTS. Average daily May temperatures in Salt Lake City range between 68° and 76°F. All tours will depart from and drop off at the South Porte Cochere, located near National Board registration.
Leisure Time in Salt Lake City
Monday, May 6
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
After the must-see Opening Session with Andy Andrews, guests can personalize their experience in Salt Lake City with leisure time. For those who want to relax, The Grand America Hotel’s Grand Spa offers a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and spa and salon services. The hotel also hosts an elegant and tasty Afternoon Tea experience in the Lobby Lounge. For adventurers, the nearby downtown has many options for an afternoon outing. City Creek Shopping Center is unlike other malls. It has waterfalls, a fish-stocked stream running through it, a retractable glass ceiling, and over 100 stores and restaurants. Temple Square is unique to Salt Lake City and shouldn’t be missed. It offers several fascinating facilities to tour, beautiful grounds to walk, and genealogical resources to explore. Best of all, it is free to the public.
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Welcome to Utah: A Natural Experience
Tuesday, May 7
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This outing is sure to entertain, inform, and delight attendees. Guests will explore two premier Salt Lake City attractions: The Natural History Museum of Utah and its neighbor, gorgeous Red Butte Gardens. Both facilities provide breathtaking views of Salt Lake Valley. From the hotel, guests will take a short bus ride through Salt Lake City and arrive at the Natural History Museum. Here, docents will guide guests through this remarkable destination and highlight exhibits featuring Utah’s unique paleontology discoveries, fascinating gems and minerals, artifacts from Utah’s prehistoric peoples, and more.
Next, guests will be escorted to Red Butte Gardens. This exquisite, community-funded arboretum is renowned for its abundant plant collection, splendorous display gardens, 450,000 springtime blooming bulbs, and more. Built on 100 acres in the foothills of the eastern edge of the University of Utah, it is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West, with over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails. Guests will enjoy a catered indoor lunch and will rotate through three activities: a tour of the gardens, a floral arrangement workshop, and a smartphone photography class.
Bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking. Comfortable shoes and attire are recommended. Tram tours at Red Butte Garden will be available for those who need assistance.
NOTE: ATTENDEES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE TUESDAY TOUR INTENDED FOR DESIGNATED GUESTS. THIS POLICY IS STRICTLY ENFORCED.
WEDNESDAY ALL-GROUP OUTING
A Gold Medal Gathering
Wednesday, May 8
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be an Olympic hopeful poised on an Olympic-sized ice rink shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s best competitors? Your shot at experiencing Olympic glory is near at hand!
In this exclusive National Board Olympic-sized event, guests will experience the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as only a world-class athlete could at the Utah Olympic Oval, known as the “Fastest Ice on Earth.” This impressive facility was built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and features a 400-meter speed-skating oval. Inside the oval are two international-sized hockey ice sheets. A 442-meter running track encircles the massive rink – all of this under an impressive, cable-stayed suspended roof.
The day’s events will offer a variety of activities for every age, skill, and fitness level. Channel your inner Olympian and learn the sport of curling using the very same stones used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Enjoy ice skating or test your skill at slap-shot hockey. In addition to on-ice sports, non-ice activities will be available (and look for a few medal-worthy surprises, too). A full luncheon will be served rinkside. This gold medal gathering has something for everyone and will bring out the Olympic spirit in all. Ice skates not required for curling and slap shot. Skate rental included for ice skating.
Bus departs promptly at 9:30 a.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. Guests are encouraged to dress casually and comfortably. The Olympic Oval is maintained at a cool 65°F. Layers, such as a fleece jacket or sweatshirt, are recommended, as are thick socks for ice skating. For curling and slap shot, rubber-soled shoes or athletic shoes perform best on the ice. High heels and leather soles are not recommended.