Civic Days 2010

Saturday, April 24th 2010 at 5:00 pm
Tuesday, April 27th 2010 at 9:00 pm
621 Pennsylvania Ave, SE (Eastern Market Metro), Washington, DC 20003

Join the Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. for our Third Annual Civic Days at the Capitol April 24th-27th. Every year, we host Civic Days to bring non-believers, secular humanists, and skeptics from across America to Washington to engage in citizen lobbying on important issues (and also to have a little fun!). This year, we have developed an exciting roster of training and sightseeing events to enhance the Civic Days experience.

Coffee, Dessert, and Conversation with Doug Crandall

We are especially proud to highlight an event on Sunday April 25th: Coffee and Dessert with Doug Crandall, who will be present to talk about his experiences in both the executive and legislative branches of government.

Doug is currently Director of Legislative Affairs for the US Forest Service. In addition, he is now Acting USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations for the Obama Administration until this position is filled by a political appointee. Previous to the Forest Service, for eight years, he was Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, with jurisdiction in the U. S. House of Representatives over most legislation and oversight concerning the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. He also served with the Society of American Foresters as Policy Director, the National Forest Foundation as Vice President, and the American Forest and Paper Association as Director responsible for National Forest issues. Doug graduated with a BS in Forestry from Oregon State University. He has been a member and officer of numerous forestry, industry, conservation and community organizations. Plus he’s really cool and pours a mean martini….

Sightseeing Events:

Sunday afternoon will feature a trip to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum where participants will be able to take a self guided tour of two exhibits: Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution , and the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins . Monday morning will feature a tour of Robert Ingersoll’s life in Washington DC led by Steve Lowe. On Monday afternoon, we will be exploring the Capitol Visitor Center . Don’t miss it!

Below is a full schedule of events:

Saturday, April 24th:

  • Social Gathering at the CFI DC Center with Pizza and Salad in the evening; Welcome to DC by Matt Separa, OPP Policy Analyst

Sunday, April 25th:

  • AM: Policy briefings and lobby training
  • PM: Two Exhibits at the Smithsonian: One on Darwin and one on Human Evolution; Coffee, Dessert, and Conversation with Doug Crandall

Monday, April 26th:

  • AM: A walking tour of Robert G. Ingersoll's life in Washington DC led by Steve Lowe; lobby training; briefing by an invited member of Congress on current legislative priorities
  • PM: Tour of Capitol Visitor Center including a visit to the House of Representatives’ Gallery

Tuesday, April 27th:

  • All Day: Lobbying visits on Capitol Hill, debriefing, and departures.

Cost is: $100.00 Per Person, $ 25.00 Per Student, $90 for Friends of the Center

Hotel Reservations:

We had previously arranged for a block of rooms to be available at the Donovan House Hotel at a discount rate, but that rate expired on March 31st. While we can no longer guarantee rates or availability, we still encourage participants to book with the Donovan House for ease of transit to and from events. For reservations, contact the hotel at 800-383-6900, Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm Eastern Time. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. An email confirmation will be provided. April is a busy month in Washington, so make a reservation as soon as possible!

There is a 24 hour cancellation policy in order to avoid cancellation fees for the hotel reservation. The Donovan House is located at 1155 14th Street NW in downtown Washington—just blocks from the White House—and has easy access to the Metro system.

Register today here ! For more information, contact Matt Separa by phone at 202-546-2330 or by email

We have been working hard to ensure this year's Civic Days are the best yet! We hope for your participation!

Not included: Transportation to or from Washington or accommodations, meals, or transportation while in the city. Everything, including all times, agenda, and pricing are subject to change.
Cancellation Policy: All funds are non-refundable for any reason. Cancellation policy is strictly enforced.