save-the-date-frontOctober 10-12, 2017
Hilton Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colorado

Call for Papers will open in March – Registration in June

Join us for the 2017 Natural Areas Conference, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in Colorado’s Front Range. The 44th annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Fort Collins, on the edge of the Colorado State University Campus.

The Natural Areas Conference returns to Colorado for the first time since 1991.

The event will include sessions on:

  • Managing in light of climate change
  • Ecological restoration in the Anthropocene
  • Use of native plant materials
  • Managing for pollinators
  • Wildland fire use

Colorado’s natural areas offer numerous models for successful conservation and collaboration, including the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program, which manages more than 36,000 acres.

Fort Collins and Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado is the cultural capital of northern Colorado. It’s also the state’s craft brewery capital, with more than 20 local breweries, including the nationally famous New Belgium brewery, maker of Fat Tire beers. Fort Collins is conveniently located near Rocky Mountain National Park, the Arapaho National Forest, and Pawnee National Grassland, as well as one of the many natural areas owned by the city of Fort Collins: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. Fort Collins is also the home of Colorado State University and its nationally recognized Warner College of Natural Resources.


The Hilton Fort Collins is a newly renovated hotel within walking distance of Colorado State University, the U.S. Forest Service, Black Bottle Brewery, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Division, and close to downtown restaurants and nightlife.

Partners so far include: U.S. Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program, the Bureau of Land Management, and Fort Collins Natural Areas.

View a presentation on some of the unique natural areas and attractions in the Fort Collins area. 


Find out more about our 2016 Natural Areas Conference, on Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action.