2019 Hellbender Symposium Lodging & Meeting Venue

 The Hyatt Place in Blacksburg, Virginia

650 University City Blvd, Blacksburg, VA 24060

The town of Blacksburg is nestled within the New River Valley and northern Blue Ridge Highlands region of the Virginia. Just 40 miles east of Roanoke, Blacksburg is home to Virginia Tech, fostering a bustling and diverse community in a picturesque, rural setting. The town is surrounded by an abundance of natural resources, including countless recreational trails and the ancient New River – one of the last strongholds for the eastern hellbender.

Appalachian culture is alive and celebrated throughout Southwest Virginia, where you can find Old Time musicians at the weekly Blacksburg Market Square Jam, an affiliated venue of The Crooked Road. True to the region’s heritage, the 9th Hellbender Symposium will feature local cuisine, live bluegrass and folk music, and a keynote speaker who has spent his career studying the herpetofauna of Appalachia. If you have time to stay and play after the meeting, be sure to sign up in your registration for more information on the optional river float on Thursday afternoon!


The Hyatt Place in Blacksburg offers convenience and comfort for our gathering in the New River Valley of Virginia. Amenities include a business center, fitness room, indoor pool, 24/7 dining and more. A room block for conference attendees is offered at The Hyatt Place Hotel for a rate of $108.00 per night plus tax, and a hearty breakfast buffet is complimentary each morning.


The primary meeting space for the conference is located within The Hyatt Place Hotel building, just adjacent to the lobby and dining areas. Several events during the symposium will be held off-site at nearby locations, to include the Holtzman Alumni Center and Lane Stadium South End Zone on Virginia Tech Campus.


On-site dining is offered at The Hyatt Place Hotel, to include a hearty breakfast bar, coffee-to-cocktails bar, and 24/7 grab-and-go and gallery menus.

Breakfast: Included in lodging rate.

Lunch: On your own each day. An abundance of local and familiar cuisine is available within walking proximity. A map highlighting restaurant options will be provided upon arrival.

Dinner: Included in your registration rate, each day of the program (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)


Parking is free at the Hyatt Place, the conference meeting and lodging venue.

Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport is the closest commercial airport with connections to major cities such as Charlotte, Orlando, New York and Chicago. For international service, Richmond International and Charlotte Douglas are just a couple of hours drive.

Questions about the 2019 symposium? Please contact the Global Change Center coordinator at jcoker@vt.edu.