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


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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Two NATA workshops open for registration this month

Overview Is one of your New Year's resolutions to become a better land manager? Are you interested in learning how to manage for biodiversity at the properties you oversee? Curious about how to conduct a rapid site assessment? Consider...

Highlights of 2019 NATA Annual Report

2019 summary We are pleased to share that 2019 was the 20th year of operation for the Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA)! More participants attended workshops this year than ever before! We hosted 8 workshops this calendar...

NATA’s first RX-410 held at Disney Wilderness Preserve in October

Overview NATA recently held RX-410: Smoke Management Techniques for the first time at the Disney Wilderness Preserve on October 7-11. This training was offered in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy....