Stewardship in Action Field Workshops

What is a Stewardship in Action Field Workshop?

NAA supports land and water practitioners wherever they are located, wherever they are in their practice, and wherever they are in their career through the exchange of scientific advances, new methodologies, and innovative best practices. To that end, there is no substitute for gathering practitioners face to face in an applied setting.

Stewardship in Action Field Workshops (SIAFWS) shine a spotlight on model approaches to conservation that can be adapted by others. Small by design, the goal is to be hands on and to maximize opportunities for interaction, demonstration, and an exchange of knowledge and experience from both presenters and participants.

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Past Stewardship in Action Field Workshops

The Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan is a model for public-private collaboration in conservation and is a national model that can be adapted and emulated. Hosted in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), this workshop was designed specifically for on-the-ground practitioners and statewide coordinators from across the Midwest (8+ states). The goal is to bring the larger community together in order to learn from each other throughout the workshop while showcasing the shared strategy responsible for the significant preservation and management of Minnesota’s prairies and grasslands.

The Natural Areas Association (NAA) and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (VDCR), Natural Heritage Program hosted a VIRTUAL professional training on managing sensitive natural communities concurrently for biodiversity conservation and public access.

Filmed during an in-person event during September 2021, the virtual field workshop featured unique case studies in Virginia, Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve, Bull Run Mountain Natural Area Preserve, and The Channels Natural Area Preserve.

Sustainable Summits was a two-day workshop that included expert-led discussions of the sites‘ natural history and innovative stewardship strategies for improving the sustainability of public access to rare plant communities on public lands. The workshop featured opportunities for collaboration and networking among land managers, ecologists, and outdoor recreation experts working in Virginia, the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.


Where the Ozarks Meet the Delta 2017

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Lake Erie Ecosystems
July 10 & 11, 2018

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Tools for Keeping Natural Areas Resilient: Developing Native Seed Resources and Managing for Pollinators
May 7 & 8, 2019

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