Stewardship in Action Field Workshops

It is NAA's mission is to foster a community of professionals that come together to find solutions to our shared challenges. Although we offer many virtual ways for our community to connect, we know there is no substitute for bringing that community together face to face. 

We are always looking for workshop ideas. Let us know if you have a suggestion.


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 PreserveBull 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

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July 10th and 11th, 2018

Lake Erie Ecosystems

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May 7th and 8th, 2019

Tools for Keeping Natural Areas Resilient: Developing Native Seed Resources and Managing for Pollinators

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Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.