Younger members are the future of our profession, and the future of the natural areas we steward.
We believe the Natural Areas Association has a special responsibility to its youngest members – students and those just starting their careers.
We offer a number of programs specifically for younger members:
2015 Student Poster Reception.
Mentoring and career development opportunities
Professional development and publishing opportunities through the Natural Areas Journal
Find out more about our tradition of commitment to younger members and its connection to our history.
Here’s what some of our younger members have to say about what the Natural Areas Association means to them:
Last year, I participated in the Natural Areas Conference 2015 thanks to the John W. Humke Student Scholarship. It was a great experience for me…because I made good connections, I participated in great talks from different areas. The Natural Areas Association help me find a way to be more passionate about the natural areas of Puerto Rico.
Jenniffer Paniagua, University of Puerto Rico
Being awarded both a travel grant and third place overall for my poster presentation by the NAA has been a source of great pride and confidence in my ability to effectively communicate my research. As a direct result of this, I have been successful in securing additional funding to present at another national conference within my field of study. I am passionate about the mission of the Natural Areas Association and I strongly believe that it has a lot to offer to student communities.
Angela Burke, Northern Illinois University
I loved every minute of being at the conference; it was immensely inspiring to be surrounded by so many like-minded people. The conference opened my eyes to the diversity of environmental career possibilities open to students like me.
Kim Elsenbroek, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
For me, as someone who is just getting their feet wet in the field, the feedback that I’ve received from presenting has been invaluable. I find the networking opportunities to be quite unique, with every meeting attendee that I’ve talked with being very approachable and friendly…After each meeting, I return to my lab reinvigorated and excited to get back to my work.
Lauren Diepenbrock, University of Missouri
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