Student Conference Programming

Students are an important part of the Natural Areas Conference

The Natural Areas Association encourages students to attend the Natural Areas Conference. It is a priceless opportunity to network with conservation professionals, identify new career opportunities, share ideas with your peers, and attend sessions to expand your knowledge of our field. Learn more about our commitment to students and younger NAA members. 

We view our conferences as an important time for the natural areas community to come together to exchange ideas, but they are also a crucial time for students and younger members to benefit from the experiences of those more established in their careers. We call this exchange Passing the Drip Torch. And that's why we dedicate a significant portion of our conference programming to students.

Some of the opportunities for students in connection with our annual conference:

  • NAA offers a discounted admission to Student Members. Students can also join at the time of regitsration at a special low-cost membership rate. This includes a digital subscription to Natural Areas Journal, free access to the NAA webinar series and access to all other NAA member benefits.
  • NAA offers student scholarships to the conference. Students are encouraged to apply for a  John W. Humke Student Scholarship. 
  • NAA holds a student paper and poster competition. Prizes totalling more than $200 are awarded to students who compete. Just be sure to check the competition box when submitting your proposal. 
  • Students can sign up for the Student-Mentor Networking Lunch. Students and recent graduates at the conference can attend this event for free as long as they RSVP at the time of registration. They will be matched with a mentor in their interest area and can enjoy a complimentary lunch while networking for their professional future.
  • Students should attend the Keys to Conservation Careers Sessions. Looking for a career in the natural resources fields? Plan to hear from employees of USFWS, Forest Service, National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management and other natural areas organizations about career opportunities, negotiating during the hiring process, pls skills needed and pathways necessary to achieve those skills. Get key information designed to make you the most qualified candidate for the job you want. This session will include a panel discussion with opportunity for plenty of Q&A.

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 Kate Angell

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