2017 Natural Areas Conference

44th Natural Areas Conference

Our 44th conference was held at the Hilton Fort Collins, October 10-12, 2017, and the theme was Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management. The history of this conference actually stretches back to before the Natural Areas Association was founded, and is a key part of who we are as an organization. Learn about our conferences, and get more details about this year’s conference at our Natural Areas Conference website.

All plenary sessions were recorded, and video of each segment and speaker are available on demand. 

Our plenary keynote was by Darla Sidles, the Superintendent of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

About the 2017 Natural Areas Conference
The theme, Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management, was chosen because many of the case studies and projects discussed during the conference demonstrated the importance of bringing multiple stakeholders to the table in order to preserve and manage natural areas, both large and small.

The 3-day conference was attended by about 400 natural areas professionals, and featured hundreds of speakers during two plenary sessions, a full schedule of presentations, workshops and symposia, and 7 field workshops to regional natural areas. We featured career sessions and programming for students and young professionals, as well as scholarship opportunities. As always, we held our yearly members’ luncheon, and an awards dinner, during which we presented our Carl N. Becker and George B. Fell awards.

Find out more about our conference at our Natural Areas Conference website.