Sponsorship

Opportunities
The 46th annual Natural Areas Conference will be held at the Sheraton Pittsburgh, October 8-10, hosted by the Natural Areas Association (NAA). Since its founding in 1974, the Conference has been one of the nation’s premier gatherings of conservation and resource management professionals, educators and scientists, and the largest annual gathering of Natural Area Association members.

Who Attends
With a regular attendance of more than 300, the Natural Areas Conference attracts a broad range of people who work in conservation and resource management, as well as private citizens interested in the area. Those who attend represent land managers, researchers, faculty and students, land trusts, non-profit organizations, business leaders, consultants, federal and state government agencies, and conservation volunteers.

Why Become a Sponsor

  • Increase your visibility to a national audience

  • Reach key decision makers in the conservation and resource management community

  • Showcase your activities, services and products

  • Share promotional and educational materials

  • Make new contacts and strengthen your existing relationships

  • Promote your organization/business in the high-traffic exhibit area; during the Plenary, Poster Session, coffee breaks and numerous other networking opportunities (levels $2500 and above)

  • Help the NAA in its mission to support the community of natural areas professionals as they work to protect those areas, and prepare the next generation of professionals to deal with the challenges of climate change


Levels & Benefits


Kittatinny Ridge (Premium) Sponsor $25,000+
The ridge covers 185 square miles of land, stretching from the Delaware River to the Mason-Dixon Line, and includes part of the Appalachian Trail. Part of the Appalachian Mountains, it is designated a Global Important Bird Area and is premier raptor migration corridor, used by tens of thousands of hawks, eagles, and falcons each fall. Only home of the rare and endangered Regal Fritillary butterfly. The Kittatinny Ridge premium sponsor will be recognized throughout the week with special acknowledgements, including the Awards Dinner, the culminating event of the Conference, during which two lifetime achievement awards are presented.


In addition, premium sponsors receive the following benefits and recognition:

  • Naming rights to a conference event

  • Recognition as a premium sponsor on all printed conference materials, including the conference program, signage at the conference venue and targeted mailings; and on digital conference materials, including email blasts and the conference website

  • Full-page color ad in the conference program distributed to all attendees, provided by the sponsor

  • One complimentary full conference registration, or a 50% discount off full registration for up to 2 employees, for every $5,000 donated. You may choose to have some or all of your registrations donated as student scholarships

  • Up to 6 tickets to our Monday night VIP Reception

  • Recognition in the January issue of the Natural Areas Journal

  • Direct link to your website from the dedicated conference website and a complimentary exhibit booth with a premium location in the high-traffic exhibit area

  • One-year NAA Team membership

Presque Isle Sponsor ($10,000 – $24,999)
An arching, sandy peninsula that juts into Lake Erie, west of the city of Erie, the Presque Isle peninsula encompasses seven ecological zones within 3,112 acres. Because it has so many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania. Presque Isle sponsors are leading sponsors for the conference, and have the option to be the exclusive sponsor of one or more of the following high-visibility, core conference activities:

  • Program Tracks Sponsor

Sponsor an educational track in which experts present the latest findings in conservation science and practices. Topic examples: Invasive Species Management, Land Conservation/Restoration, Natural Areas Management.

  • Plenary Speakers Sponsor

These speakers set the context for the entire conference and the educational tracks and field trips which follow.

  • Field Workshops Sponsor

These on-the-ground learning experiences offer participants the opportunity to witness local examples of conservation and ecosystem restoration.

  • Audio Video/Technology Sponsor

A critical and highly visible aspect of the conference experience for attendees, the AVT sponsor helps underwrite the costs of audio/video requirements

  • Student Participation Sponsor

Students are the next generation of conservation professionals. Student sponsor will help offset the expenses incurred by students attending the conference.

Presque Isle Sponsors also receive the following benefits and recognition:

  • Recognition on all printed conference materials, including the conference program, signage at the conference venue and targeted mailings; and on digital conference materials, including email blasts and the conference website

  • Half-page color ad in the conference program distributed to all attendees, provided by the sponsor

  • One complimentary full conference registration, or a 50% discount off full registration for up to 2 employees, for every $5,000 donated. You may choose to have some or all of your registrations donated as student scholarships

  • Up to 6 tickets to our Monday night VIP Reception

  • Recognition in the January issue of the Natural Areas Journal

  • Direct link to your website from the dedicated conference website and a complimentary exhibit booth with a premium location in the high-traffic exhibit area

  • One-year NAA Team membership

Youghiogheny River Gorge Sponsor ($5,000 – $9,999)
Known regionally as the “Yock,” 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River pass through Ohiopyle state Park here. With its stunning views and rapids, the Gorge is also home to Ferncliff Natural Area, which was designated a National Natural Landmark in November 1973. Youghiogheny River Gorge Sponsors receive the following benefits and recognition:

  • One complimentary full-conference registration or a 50% discount off full registration for up to 2 employees. You may choose to have some or all of your registrations donated as student scholarships

  • A complimentary booth in the high-traffic exhibit area

  • One-year NAA membership

  • Recognition in the full-color printed and online conference program, and on high-visibility signage

French Creek Sponsor ($2,500 — $4,999)
French Creek is a major tributary of the Allegheny River. Providing habitat to more than 80 species of fish and 26 species of freshwater mussels, it is among the most biologically diverse streams in the northeastern United States. French Creek sponsors receive the following benefits and recognition:

  • A complimentary booth in the high-traffic exhibit area

  • One-year NAA membership

  • Recognition in the full-color printed and online conference program, and on high-visibility signage

Allegheny River Sponsor ($1,000 — $2,499)
The 325-mile Allegheny River joins with the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River at the "Point" of Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the main headstream of the Ohio River. In the tribal Lenape language, Allegheny means “beautiful stream.” Allegheny River sponsors receive the following benefits and recognition:

  • One-year NAA membership

  • Recognition in the full-color printed and online conference program, and on high-visibility signage

Monongahela River Sponsor ($500 – $999)
Also known as “the Mon,” the Monongahela River flows south to north for 130 miles on the Allegheny Plateau in north-central West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. There it joins the Allegheny River to form the Ohio River at Pittsburgh. Monongahela sponsors receive recognition in the full-color printed and online conference program, as well as on high-visibility signage.

Other customized sponsorship opportunities and levels may also be available based on your organization's needs.



Contact


Lisa Smith 
for information about sponsorship opportunities.



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