Hotel and Travel Information

2023 Annual Walnut Council Meeting

Hotel and Travel Information



The meeting site is on the campus of the University of Missouri, primarily in the ABNR and Agriculture buildings. The Hampton Inn and Suites Columbia at the University of Missouri, 1225 Fellows Place, Columbia is approximately 0.8 miles south of the campus. (There is another Hampton Inn in town, make sure you book at the Fellows Place location) Call 573-214-2222 by June 23 to book at the special “Walnut Council” group rate of $115 + tax per night or book online at

An alternate discount option is in the campus College Avenue residence halls. Rooms are available for $180 single and $200 double ($100 per person) total with a shared bathroom for a Sunday-Tuesday night stay. Campus housing reservations need to made by May 21 and paid for during registration. Sign up on the registration form. If you need Saturday or Wednesday night or want campus housing after May 21, call Caroline Todd (573- 884-2874) to see if still available. Fifty percent of the housing fee will be refunded if cancelled 10 to 60 days before the conference.

The closest RV park is Pine Grove Village (573-474-4412) 15 minutes from campus. For information on other camping sites, visit

For information on other hotels, restaurants, shopping, parks, trails, and nature areas in Columbia, see to view or request a visitor’s guide.


Columbia has an airport served by American Airlines with five flights daily through Dallas/Ft Worth or Chicago ( The Hampton Inn and campus are approximately 12 miles from the Columbia Regional Airport. Car rentals (National, Alamo, and Enterprise) are available at the Columbia airport (573-442-3250). Taxis  are available between the airport and campus (

The next closest airport is St. Louis, 90 miles east. Mo-Express offers shuttle service (; 877-669-4826) between St. Louis and Columbia with ten round trips daily. Advance reservation is required. Door to door is $70 one way or $135 round trip plus gratuity with online registration.


Parking passes are available for purchase on the registration form. You are encouraged to purchase a 7-day pass for $24 to park in the Hitt Street Parking Garage. There will be golf carts shuttling people between the parking garage and the conference building or use the metered parking along the street.

If you have an ADA placard/license plate, purchase a $24 7-day passto  park first come/first serve in any non-restricted accessibility spaces on campus including the Hitt Street Visitor Lot (HSVL) across the street from the conference building.

For those staying in campus housing, plan to use the parking behind the residence hall and the Hitt Street Parking Structure and purchase the 7-day pass. Golf carts will be available to move between the residence hall and the conference.