2022 Sponsors and Exhibitors


The Natural Areas Association will host the 49th Natural Areas Conference, September 6 - 9, 2022, on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota.

Superior Visions: Navigating Complexity Amid Constant Change will focus on the ecological dynamics unique to the landscapes surrounding Lake Superior as well as those in the greater region. Minnesota and Wisconsin are at the intersection of four of those regions: the Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parkland, Eastern Broadleaf Forests, and Laurentian Mixed Forest, which will provide a backdrop for discussing techniques and technologies crossing disciplines, ecosystems and administrative boundaries.

Science that informs practice does not advance in a vacuum, but relies on communication, collaboration, and information sharing as much as models and data analysis. The NAA’s Natural Areas Conference was founded to gather local, state, regional, and national partnerships among federal and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, private industry, and academic institutions in order to foster cooperation that would lead to solutions to overwhelming problems. 

During the Natural Areas Conference, partners from nonprofit and community organizations, state, federal, and local governments, and colleges and universities come together to strengthen collaborations and tackle ever-evolving changes in natural area conservation, stewardship, and advocacy.

Scientists at the leading edge of ecology present their research. Practitioners who have developed innovations methods, techniques, and approaches to address conservation challenges share their work with in-depth discussions of often complex topics. Practitioners lead hands-on field workshops to advance skills, demonstrate new applications, and experience emerging practices that are relevant, practical and actionable. 

about the natural areas association

The Natural Areas Association (NAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that serves those dedicated to the management and restoration of biologically-important natural areas in North America.

Protecting nature requires reliable science to inform practices on the ground and a network of stewards who work tirelessly to protect, manage and restore land and water biodiversity.

The NAA is a community of professionals who protect biodiversity through science-based land management preservation and restoration practices. Our stakeholders are leaders in conservation ecology and related fields who identify challenges, develop solutions, share critical findings, and adopt best practices through networking and collaboration.

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who attends... In-person and online?

The Natural Areas Conference is the longest-running annual national event bringing together natural area professionals— managers, practitioners, communicators, and scientists— to exchange the latest science, share innovations, build effective collaborations, and address conservation challenges. The conference typically draws 350 to 500 in-person attendees, and the opportunity for an unlimited number of participants through a virtual registration option. Virtual participation will be offered for the first time in 2022. The virtual registration option will include live stream access to plenary sessions and limited breakout sessions. NAA continues to host the conference because our community tells us that this gathering is essential to the
advancement of their work.

  • Advocacy
  • Coastal Area & Wetlands Conservation
  • Environmental Communications
  • Conservation Planning & Design
  • Conservation IT
  • Ecological Research
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Endangered Species Conservation
  • Environmental Monitoring and Compliance
  • Fire Science & Management
  • Habitat and Wildlife Management
  • Hydrologic Restoration & Management
  • Invasive Species Control & Prevention
  • Landowner Education
  • Large-scale Landscape Conservation
  • Native Seed Collection & Resource Management
  • Natural Areas Land Management & Stewardship
  • Native Plant Education & Conservation
  • Natural Resource Data & Inventory Management
  • Pollinator & Invertebrate Conservation
  • Sustainable Recreation
  • Volunteer Management
  • Watershed Management

Want to customize a sponsorship? Call 724-995-8466


Exhibitor space is limited and placed in high traffic area near refreshments.
  • Reach hundreds of professionals in your target audience with information about your services, programs and products
  • Forge and renew relationships with key decision-makers and purchasers
  • Interact with attendees during multiple events in the exhibit space
  • Raise awareness of your organization or company in the conservation community
  • Exhibit space with 8 foot table, two chairs, table linen, and waste basket
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Electricity available at an additional cost
  • Attendee list prior to the conference
  • Listing in the conference program

Photo from the 2018 Natural Areas Conference

*Please inquire about larger display options. If you would like to purchase an exhibit space a-la-carte, please contact us at info@naturalareas.org.

Brad Georgic, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

David Borneman, LLC

Missouri Department of Conservation


Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.