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OUR MISSION

To create a network of land managers with current knowledge and skills to conserve Florida's resources. 


NATA WORKSHOPS

Our workshops provide training in practical, field-oriented management techniques. Participants work in small groups to address real-life scenarios and realistic problems, becoming better prepared to manage Florida's natural resources. The workshops are held at various sites throughout Florida, and each is purposefully matched to provide optimal teaching facilities and proximity to natural lands.

Certificate in Natural Areas Management (CNAM)

Offered by NATA to individuals who complete a series of 'core' workshops (see below) covering the topics identified as most important by practitioners in the field. The series may be completed in any order, and there is no time limit to complete the series.

Required Workshops to receive certificate:

Click on each course title below for additional descriptions, and go to our calendar to see when they are offered!


Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

This workshop builds understanding of management and restoration approaches for conserving biodiversity. 

Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas

This workshop provides guidance on how to integrate visitors and volunteers into natural areas management.

Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems

This workshop builds an appreciation of how to manage natural areas as part of a larger ecosystem, in coordination with neighboring land owners.

Conservation Site Assessment & Planning

This workshop builds a foundation of skills useful in conducting site assessments and developing resource management plans.

In addition to completing the above 4 workshops, the below training is mandatory in order to earn a CNAM:

Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager

Formerly the Interagency Prescribed Fire Training, this course is administered by the Florida Forest Service.


                       

NATA offers additional fire trainings that are not part of the Certificate in Natural Areas Management. 

Click on each course title below for additional descriptions, and go to our calendar to see when they are offered!


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NATA holds second 100% virtual S-131 training last week

The Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA) held another successful 100% virtual S-131 training last week. Participants represented many different agencies and organizations, including the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida...
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NATA cancels two workshops amid COVID-19 pandemic

After much deliberation, we regretfully announce that we need to postpone two workshops scheduled in April. As a UF/IFAS Extension program, the Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA) must follow guidelines provided by the university. We received...
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