COSA LAST DAY to Register Online for the 2017 Natural Areas Conferenc e

FINAL CALL for registration online – pay more onsite

Last day to register online for the 2017 Natural Areas Conference
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TODAY – Online registration closes October 5.

You can register on-site, but it will COST YOU a $40 additional fee. Get the best rate, and don’t miss this premier gathering of professionals, with cutting-edge info and insight, great plenary speakers and the kind of inspiration and support we all need right now.


See below for the full details on our plenary sessions and other attractions we have in store for you in Fort Collins, Colorado!

Opening Plenary

  • Welcome: Terri Hogan, Invasive Plant Program Manger, National Park Service and Lisa Smith, Executive Director, Natural Areas Association
  • Keynote Address: Keeping Natural Areas Natural: Juggling Resource Protection and Heavy Visitor Use. Darla Sidles, Superintendent, Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Plenary Address 1: Click-Bait Hazards, and Collaborative Conservation. John Stokes, Director, City of Fort Collins Natural Area Department
  • Plenary Address 2: The Natural History of Colorado. Dave Anderson, Director of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP), Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University.

Closing Plenary

Managing Smaller Natural Areas: Case Studies on the Role they Play in Protection

Case Study 1: Successful Partnership Conserves the Imperiled Mardon Skipper. Scott Black, Executive Director, Xerces Society
Case Study 2: If You Want to Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together. Heather Knight, Associate Director, Center for Collaborative Conservation
Case Study 3: Conservation of Small and Large Natural and Semi-natural Areas in Florida, Reed Noss, Florida Institute for Conservation Science

Panel Discussion moderated by Greg Aplet, Senior Science Director, The Wilderness Society.

Choose from 7 Field Workshops!

We are offering 7 fabulous workshops this year on Thursday, October 12.
There are so many nearby natural areas in Fort Collins that exemplify innovative, successful natural area management practices that 6 just wasn’t enough!

Each Field Workshop is $75/each. and can be added when you register. Lunch and transportation are included in the fee.


Best Deal
Word to the wise – if you’re not yet an NAA member, there’s an option to pay for an annual membership at the same time as you register for the conference, so you’ll get the lower member rate – as well as all our other member benefits, including a year of our quarterly Natural Areas Journal! A full conference registration is your best value, since it includes a ticket to the Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 11, as well as entrance to the Poster Reception on Tuesday, October 10, all sessions, the two plenary sessions and beverage breaks.

The Conference
The 44th annual Conference will be held at the NEWLY RENOVATED Hilton Fort Collins, on the edge of the Colorado State University Campus, in the shadow of Colorado’s beautiful Front Range. Our theme this year is Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management.

A Reminder to Students
Students receive a special rate that includes a Field Workshop, as well as the Awards Dinner, Poster Reception, student/mentor networking lunch, and all student programming, as well as all sessions, plenary sessions and breaks. Just choose "Student Registration" when you register.

Find out more about what the 2017 Natural Areas Conference offers students.

Colorado, Fort Collins and Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado is the cultural capital of northern Colorado. It’s also the state’s craft brewery capital, with more than 20 local breweries, including the nationally famous New Belgium brewery, maker of Fat Tire beers.

Fort Collins is conveniently located near Rocky Mountain National Park, the Arapaho National Forest, and Pawnee National Grassland, as well as one of the many natural areas owned by the city of Fort Collins: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. Fort Collins is also the home of Colorado State University and its nationally recognized Warner College of Natural Resources. Credit for photo of Pawnee National Grassland: Michael Menefee.
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