Duluth 2021

September 20-23, 2021 - Duluth, MN

The Natural Areas Conference will be coming to Duluth, Minnesota in 2021. Duluth is located right on the shore of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. The northeast area of Minnesota is renowned for its natural areas, offering boreal and hardwood forest, extensive lakes, bogs and wetlands, as well as savanna and upland prairie. 

Superior Visions: Navigating Complexity Amid Constant Change 

Conference Topics:
  • Ecological monitoring: effective/sustainable long-term status and trends 

  • Ecological monitoring: data management, storage, accessibility and use 

  • Outreach: cutting edge education, volunteer stewardship, citizen science and social media 

  • Outreach: involving arts, literature and photography 

  • Developing technologies and apps: what to consider in creating or using 

  • Protecting and managing natural areas for climate resilience 

  • Innovative management techniques, equipment and labor 

  • Rare species/pollinator best management practices 

  • Prescribed disturbance: haying, grazing, fire, logging 

  • Public perception and attitude towards natural areas 

  • Making connections with new audiences 

  • Flourishing habitats: how they got that way 

  • Ecosystem services: what is the true value of natural areas? 

  • Native plant materials in restoration/rehabilitation 

  • Visitor use: compatible vs non-compatible 

  • Invasive species: threats, prevention and management 

  • Slowing environmental degradation and resource depletion 

  • Conservation partnerships

We can't wait to see you there in 2021!

*all conference programming is subject to change. 

Duluth in fall

Duluth waterfont 
Superior National Forest
Arial view of mille lacs lake 


Join the people who protect and manage our natural areas.