October 23-25, 2018

Indiana Memorial Union
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

The Call for Papers for the 2018 Natural Areas Conference will open spring 2018.

Join us for the 2018 Natural Areas Conference, our 45th. We’ll be celebrating that milestone, and remembering George Fell, one of our founders and a leader whose life and work will be forever associated with the midwestern natural areas where our very first Natural Areas Conference was held, in 1974, at Wyalusing State Park in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Major questions guiding our programming for 2018 include:
How do we use proactive management and protection to build resiliency?
And what strategies and approaches are capable of addressing the complex environmental changes that we face?

We will have sessions on the following topics:

  • Land management in light of climate change
  • Communication for Natural Areas Professionals
  • Technology for Natural Areas Professionals
  • Collaboration
  • Use of native plant materials
  • Managing for pollinators
  • Migration corridors
  • Urban ecology
  • Private land conservation

Visit our conference website to find out more about our program.

Students will be eligible to compete for prizes in the student presentation competition. Find out more about what the Natural Areas Conference offers students.

Bloomington, Indiana and University of Indiana

This will mark the first time the conference will take place in Indiana since 1992. The conference will take place at the Indiana Memorial Union, on the campus of Indiana University, in the university town of Bloomington – one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S.

One feature that sets Indiana apart as a destination for the Natural Areas Conference is that it has such a wide variety of natural areas–from oak-hickory hardwood forests to songbird habit in the Brown County Hills, to Karst topography and cave systems in limestone country, from the Kankakee prairies to Lake Michigan dunes, to the wetlands and natural lakes in the northern part of the state.

Venue and Hotel

The Biddle Hotel is part of the Indiana Memorial Union, the venue for the 2018 conference. 

Partners so far include:

  • Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Central Indiana Land Trust

View a presentation on some of the unique natural areas and attractions in Indiana by clicking below.

Find out more about our 2017 Natural Areas Conference, on Working beyond boundaries. Collaboration as a key to natural areas management.

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