2022 Call for Proposals

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Superior Visions: Navigating Complexity Amid Constant Change 


  • Ecological monitoring: effective/sustainable long-term status and trends 
  • Conservation partnerships 
  • Slowing environmental degradation and resource depletion 
  • Invasive species: threats, prevention and management 
  • Visitor use: compatible vs non-compatible 
  • Native plant materials in restoration/rehabilitation 
  • Ecosystem services: what is the true value of natural areas? 
  • Flourishing habitats: how they got that way 
  • Making connections with new audiences 
  • Public perception and attitude towards natural areas 
  • Prescribed disturbance: haying, grazing, fire, logging 
  • Rare species/pollinator best management practices 
  • Innovative management techniques, equipment and labor 
  • Protecting and managing natural areas for climate resilience 
  • Developing technologies and apps: what to consider in creating or using 
  • Outreach: involving arts, literature and photography 
  • Outreach: cutting edge education, volunteer stewardship, citizen science and social media 
  • Ecological monitoring: data management, storage, accessibility and use 

Please review this years conference theme and topics. All presentations need to relate to one or more conference topics.
The NAC audience is primarily those involved in research or practice of on-the-ground protection and management of natural areas.

poster Presentation

A poster presentation displays information in a static format for the duration of the conference, and facilitates discussion among colleagues during the Poster Session and Reception.  Poster presentations are ideal for sharing research in progress, proposing novel concepts or approaches, and implications for natural areas protection and/or management.  Read more

individual presentation

An individual presentation is a 15-minute talk followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.  These talks are organized by the conference committee into sessions by topic.  Individual presentations are suited to sharing completed research and projects, including background, methodology, results, outcomes and implications for natural areas protection and/or management.   Read more


A symposium is a group of individual presentations on a particular conference topic organized by the person(s) submitting the proposal. If you're interested in organizing a symposium, please contact Lisa Smith

field workshop 

A field workshop is a full-day experience that showcases and tells stories of natural areas, offers participants clear learning objectives, and affords leaders a unique opportunity to share their work and consult with natural areas professionals from across the country.  Field workshop leaders, in consultation with conference staff, will develop an itinerary and provide participants with learning materials (site map, management plan, species lists, etc.).  Field workshop destinations must be within one and a half hours of one-way travel time from the conference hotel.  Expenses, including transportation, equipment rentals and lunch, are covered by a participant registration fee.    Read more


Workshops are half-day (three-hour) or full-day (six-hour) sessions organized by conference partners where participants advance an initiative and/or develop knowledge and skills through active, hands-on engagement. Workshop formats (demonstration, classroom, etc.) are flexible and the range of potential topics is broad.  Please contact the Natural Areas Conference (NAC) program committee to discuss your workshop concept before submitting a proposal. Workshop expenses are covered by a participant registration fee.    Read more

Keep in mind that all presenters are asked to cover their own registration, accommodations, and expenses.


Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.