2024 Call for Proposals

2024 Natural Areas Conference

2024 Natural Areas Conference (NAC24) -  Call for Proposals is open!

Land stewardship benefits from shared knowledge rich in diverse perspectives. NAC24 invites participation from all viewpoints, backgrounds, abilities, and experiences to enrich learning for all.

  • NAC24 will gather approximately 350 natural areas practitioners seeking applied science, practical solutions, and knowledge transfer related to the management of natural areas to protect biodiversity.
  • NAC24 provides access to quality science, new knowledge, best practices, and emerging methodologies for those entrusted with the stewardship of natural areas.

Conference Topics

  • Conservation of Grassland Ecosystems
    • Tallgrass prairie conservation,
    • Woody encroachment,
    • Grazing management (virtual fencing),
    • Prairie streams & hydrology,
    • Patch burn grazing,
    • Bison herd reestablishment,
    • Prairie restoration,
    • Renewable energy and conservation on the great plains,
    • Animal population dynamics
  • Climate adaptation and resilience
  • Private lands conservation efforts
  • Indigenous perspectives on natural areas management
  • Engaging new audiences in land stewardship
  • Advances in invasive species management
  • Native plant materials in restoration
  • Good fire/bad fire management (fire science and practice)
  • Technology in natural areas management
  • Wildlife habitat management
  • Invertebrate/pollinator conservation
  • Soil science and considerations in natural areas management
  • Restoration
  • Species reintroductions
  • Value of small natural areas
  • Wetland and water resource conservation and management
  • Tell the story of your work
  • Urban ecology

NAC24 Call for Proposals is open!

NAA is now accepting proposals for Individual and Poster submissions. Proposals should fit within the conference topics and can describe a project, methodology, best practice or challenge related to a natural area(s). Please note that all presenters must be registered participants of the conference and will be responsible to cover their own registration, accommodations, and related expenses.


Individual Presentation (DOC)

  • An individual presentation is a 15-minute talk followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.
  • Accepted presentations will be organized into 90-minute concurrent sessions by topic.
  • Each session will include an assigned facilitator who will ensure that presenters stay on time and do not run over. Please review the Presenter Guidelines (DOC).

Poster Presentation (DOC)

  • Posters are static presentations displayed during the conference in a high traffic location.
  • Posters are ideal for research or projects in progress or to showcase a novel concept, approach, or topic related to natural areas protection and/or management.
  • Presenters will engage with conference participants during a Poster Reception.
  • Posters must not exceed 4’x4’.

Story Maps

  • Public speaking is not your thing, but you have a success story, science or experience-based research, best practices, or a methodology to share?
  • Submit a Story Map that will be shared in the conference app and on the NAA website.

Attention Students! Student Poster & Presentation Competition

Are you a full-time student interested in building your resume and professional experience? Submit a poster and participate in the poster & presentation competition. Engage with peers and experience natural areas professionals in a collegial setting.

Need financial assistance? Apply for a Scholarship Here!

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2024

Questions? Email us at info@naturalareas.org


Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.