2024 Natural Areas Conference

2024 Natural Areas Conference (NAC24) October 7-10, 2024, Manhattan, Kansas
Konza prairie full of tall grasses with sun shining brightly
Konza field in orange and brown with foggy gray skies
Photos courtesy of Barb Van Slykes
Prairie fire
Photo courtesy of Konza Prairie LTER

2024 Natural Areas Conference (NAC24)
October 7-10, 2024
Manhattan, Kansas

Manhattan, Kansas is nestled in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills, a globally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Located near the Konza Prairie Biological Center and Kansas State University, this ecologically significant landscape features nearly 11,000 acres of native tallgrass prairie for research and conservation.

For the past 50 years, NAA’s Natural Areas Conference has gathered federal, tribal, state, regional, and local natural areas practitioners from national nonprofit organizations, private industry, and academic institutions in order to foster communication and collaboration that can lead to progress in connection to challenges in the management of natural areas.

Managing ecologically significant landscapes for the protection of biodiversity is a specialized segment of conservation and ecological science that includes management strategies to avert the permanent loss of or degradation of rare species and to preserve the unique functions of natural communities. Beyond the benefits to nature, well-managed natural areas increase resilience during catastrophic events and thus play an important role in the causes and consequences of climate change.

Why should you attend the 2024 Natural Areas Conference?

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.

  • The NAC gathers over 350 natural areas practitioners in one location featuring plenary and concurrent sessions, round tables, field workshops, and poster presentations.
  • The NAC is the forum for information-exchange among natural areas practitioners across North America. Participants have shared countless stories about how information gained from their participation in this conference had a direct impact on the lands they steward.
  • The NAC provides science-based content for natural area practitioners and researchers seeking applied science, practical solutions, and knowledge transfer related to the management of natural areas on a day-to-day basis; such as land stewards in land trusts, nature centers, and nature preserves who manage land for their conservation or natural area values.
  • The NAC supports the conservation and the protection of biodiversity by providing access to quality science, new knowledge, best practices, and emerging methodologies for those who steward natural areas.
Monarch butterflies on yellow flowers
Photo courtesy of Barb Van Slykes

Would you like to be a presenter? Start thinking about talks, field workshops, round tables and posters.

Call for proposals coming soon!


Special Thanks to the Bureau of Land Management and ESRI for supporting the 2024 NAC.

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