REGISTER NOW for the Natural Areas Conference

October 23-25, 2018

Indiana University

Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington

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This event is completely dedicated to the needs of the community of natural areas practitioners. We bring together leaders from across our profession to offer the information you need to excel in your work: cutting-edge science, emerging strategies, and hands-on understanding – plus collaborative exchange with the community of your fellow professionals.

Of interest to Foresters, we have sessions on:

  • Fire Ecology
  • Invasive Species
  • Maximizing Data and Technology to Inform Natural Areas Management
  • Unban/Wildland Interface
  • Monitoring Species Populations

This year’s conference offers programming that directly engages with attendees on the topics they most want to hear about. You can access the full conference schedule at the following link:

Our ID Workshops, Pre-conference full-day workshops and Field Workshops are all booking up now. Don’t wait!

We are offering six identification workshops to strengthen natural areas practitioners’ grasp of the fundamentals of their work:

  • Invasive Plant Identification
  • Invasive Insect Identification
  • Digital Herbarium Tools
  • Sedges Identification
  • Midwest Fern Identification
  • Grasses Identification

You can attend a full-day, pre-conference workshop on BMPs for Pollinators featuring Xerces Society, or on Adapting to Climate Change: Updating our Approach to Land Protection and Site Management Decisions. Direct link to the section on the website discussing pre-conference workshops:

Our Keynote Speaker is Professor Scott Russell Sanders, award-winning author of A Conservationist Manifesto and Stone Country: Then & Now. We expect a full house for our Closing Plenary, featuring Former National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis and Dr. Gary Machlis, co-authors of the book The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water.

And we’re offering 7 half-day Field Workshops to get you out onto the land to engage in the strategies you’ll be hearing about. Choose from these and more:

Creating bat habitat in oak woodland and limestone glades

Restoring hardwood forest from former agricultural land in the Hills of Gold

Canoeing through karst caves on the Lost River

Improving wetland quality at the Beanblossom Nature Preserve


Registration grants you access to all of our symposia and oral presentations – plus the NAA Awards Dinner and the Poster Reception


We’ll see you in Bloomington!

Thanks to our sponsors:

The Nature Conservancy, Indiana Forest Alliance, Indiana Academy of Science, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, iDigBio, SitkaTech, Central Indiana Land Trust, EcoLogic, Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, Indiana Karst Conservancy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Sycamore Land Trust, Applied Ecological Services, Woody Warehouse Nursery, Inc., and Indiana Department of Natural Resources.


Kate Luce Angell

Communications & Outreach Coordinator

Natural Areas Association




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2018 Natural Areas Conference

Bloomington, IN Oct. 23-25, 2018