Past Conferences

We're proud of the long history of our Natural Areas Conference - since the very first one in Prairie du Chien, WI, in 1974. 

Learn more about the Natural Areas Conference

"Why a different venue every year?

-The conference is located in a different place each year and rotated to allow members in different parts of the country to showcase the outstanding natural areas in their region.








George Fell (fifth from left) and friends, 1987

Recent Conferences 


2019 At the Water's Edge: Managing Our Land and Water in a Changing Landscape

Pittsburgh, PA

Testimonial 

NAC Highlights


2018 Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas

Bloomington, IN

Awards Dinner Address 

Closing Plenary



2017 Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management 

Fort Collins, CO

Opening Plenary

Closing Plenary


2016 Climate Change Adaption and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action

Davis, CA

First Day Plenary

Second Day Plenary


2015 Conservation Through Collaberation

Little Rock, AR

Opening Plenary

Arkansas Natural Heritage Tour


Conference History

2019

 Sheraton at Station Square, Pittsburgh,  PA

2018

 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2017

 Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO

2016

 UC Davis Conference Center, Davis, CA

2015

 Little Rock Marriott, Little Rock, AR

2014

 Crowne Plaza, Dayton, OH

2013

 Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL

2012

 Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel and Conference       Center, Norfolk, VA

2011

 Florida State University Conference Center, Tallahassee, FL

2010

 Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, MO

2009

 Hilton Hotel and Vancouver Conference Center, Vancouver,   WA

2008

 Doubletree Hotel Nashville-Downtown, Nashville, TN

2007

 Cleveland Marriot Hotel at Key Center, Cleveland, OH

2006

 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

2005

 Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln, NE

2004

 Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Hotel, Chicago, IL

2003

 Monona Terrace Community and Convention   Center, Madison, WI

2002

 Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, NC

2001

 Radisson Resort at the Port, Cape Canaveral, FL

2000

 Henry VIII Hotel, St. Louis, MO

1999

 Holiday Inn City Center, Tucson, AZ

1998

 Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island, MI

1997

 Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Portland, OR

1996

 Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL

1995

 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

1994

 Palm Beach Garden Marriot Hotel, Palm Beach Garden, FL

1993

 University of Maine, Orono, ME

1992

 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1991

 YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO

1990

 Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Concord, CA

1989

 Hyatt-Regency Hotel, Knoxville, TN

1987

 Continental Regency Hotel, Peoria, IL

1986

 YMCA of the Ozarks, Potosi, MO

1985

 Camp Kern, Oregonia, OH

1984

 University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, MI

1983

 Natural Bridges Resort State Park, Slade, KY

1982

 Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, WI

1981

 Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR

1980

 Camp Wapsi-Y, Central City, IA

1979

 Lyman Lodge, Excelsior, MN

1978

 Babler Memorial State Park, Chesterfield, MO

1977

 Bradford Woods, Martinsville, IN

1976

 Starved Rock-Mathieson State Parks, Oglesby, IL

1975

 Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs, OH

1974

 Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, WI

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