Special Events

Hardwood Forest Foundation Golf Tournament
Wednesday October 25
Buses depart at 7am • Shotgun Start at 8am

Every year, the NHLA Annual Convention provides the Foundation the opportunity to hold special fundraising events. Your participation in any of the Foundation's convention events helps support forestry education. 

For more information regarding any of these special fundraising events please contact Crystal Oldham at 901-507-0312 or c.oldham@hardwoodforest.org.

The Hermitage Golf Course
3939 Old Hickory Blvd.
Old Hickory, TN 37138

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Registration fees are $200 per person and golf club rental is available. Preregistration is required. Sign-up and pay for this event when you complete convention registration.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's tournament please contact Crystal Oldham at 901-507-0312 or c.oldham@hardwoodforest.org.


Mansions of the South Tour
Thursday October 26

The South’s most rewarding showplace, Belle Meade Plantation, is known as the “Queen of the Tennessee Plantations.” The fully restored Greek Revival mansion was completed in 1853 and the grounds include a large carriage house, stable, log cabin, winery, and several other original buildings. Belmont Mansion was the summer home of Adelicia Acklen, an extraordinary woman who married a then unheard-of three times. Adelicia was reputed to be the wealthiest woman in the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. An ornate Italianate design, the home features many of the original furnishings and includes marble fountains, cast-iron gazebos, and statuary that are still standing as evidence of ornate, formal gardens. Discover Belle Meade Plantation at www.bellemeade.com.

Cost to attend this event is $65.00 per person
* Price includes admission, wine tasting at Belle Meade Plantation’s winery, round trip transportation, and a southern lunch. The tour group will depart the Omni Hotel at 10am and return at @2:30pm.

NHLA Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 25 at 6pm
Sponsored by Cascade Hardwood, LLC.

Welcome to Nashville, and get to ROCK. All convention attendees are invited to celebrate the start of the 2017 NHLA Annual Convention! Cascade Hardwood Group will be giving away a Fender guitar, Traeger grill with Alder pellets, Walla Walla wines in an Alder box, Pike Place Market salmon with Alder grilling planks and much more! This is a kick-off party you don’t want to miss.

NHLA Inspector Training School Alumni Reception
Thursday, October 26 at 4pm
Sponsored by Cole Hardwood, Inc.

The NHLA Inspector Training School invites all alumni to a reception, sponsored by Cole Hardwoods, Inc. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and good company as hundreds of alumni gather together to reminisce, visit with former classmates and hear the latest news from the School.


Thursday Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Thursday, October 26 at 5:30pm

Join us in the exhibit hall on Thursday evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, and mingle with exhibitors. This upbeat reception provides dedicated time to check out the more than 100 exhibiting companies, socialize and network, all while recharging your battery with snacks and a open bar before you head out and explore the Nashville restaurant scene.

Bright Lights. Music City.
Friday October 27 at 6:00pm

Bring your Boots & Bling and join us on Friday, October 27 from 6-11 pm as we close out the 2017 NHLA Annual Convention & Exhibit Showcase. Dancing, Live Music, Dinner and Drinks are all included. Tickets are $75 per person with convention registration or $150 for non-registered convention guest. Pre-registration is required. Sign up and pay when completing convention registration.