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Below are the dates and details for courses we offer. This page will be updated as soon as more details are confirmed. You may also join our listserv to receive course announcements. NATA's Certificate in Natural Areas Management (CNAM) is awarded to participants completing all four core courses and one required fire training.



(all 4 required for CNAM)







Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems

Online coursework: October 2-20, 2023

Live virtual welcome session: (via Zoom) on October 3, 2023 from 1:00-2:00pm ET

In-person workshop: October 25-26, 2023

Course is FULL

Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka, FL

Optional lodging available at Wekiwa Springs State Park cabins

2 days in-person + 8 hrs

Conservation Site Assessment & Planning

Online coursework: January 2-15, 2024

Live virtual welcome session: (via Zoom) 1-hour January 9, 2024 from 2:00-3:00pm ET

In-person workshop: January 17-18, 2024

Course is FULL

Austin Cary Forest Campus NE of Gainesville, FL

Participants responsible for securing their own lodging; workshop is 20-25 min. drive NE of downtown Gainesville

2 days in-person + 8 hrs online

Managing for Diversity Across Florida

Online Coursework: February 26 to March 15, 2024

In-person Field Days: March 20 & 21, 2024

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Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville, FL  Participants responsible for securing their own lodging  1.5 days in-person + 11 hrs online

Managing Visitors and Volunteers

TBD; planning for May 2024

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Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights, FL 

Optional lodging available at Gold Head Branch State Park 2 days in-person + 9 hrs online 



(choose one of these options)





Florida Certified Prescribed Burn Manager Training

Ongoing (Click for details) 

Florida Forest Service

S-130/S-190/L-180 Basic Wildland Firefighter (FFT2)

Every spring and fall

See calendar below for information

Natural Areas Training Academy

(NWCG certificates from other providers also acceptable)



(Receive NWCG certificate, hosted by NATA)







S-130/S-190/L-180 Basic Wildland Firefighter (FFT2)

Online coursework: October 18 - November 10, 2023

In-person field day: One 8-hour day the week of November 13, 2023

Register here - Course is FULL

Join our listserv for information on future courses (planned for April/May 2024)

Field Day Locations:

Nov. 13 - Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, FL

Nov. 16 - Ordway-Swisher Biological Station in Melrose, FL

Nov. 17 - Archbold Biological Research Station in Venus, FL

Nov. 17 - Wickham Park, Brevard County EEL in Melbourne, FL

Participants responsible for securing their own lodging  33 hours online + 1 field day 

S-131 Firefighter Type I 


Online coursework: January 22-February 3, 2024

Live virtual session: (via Zoom) February 6, 2024, 9:00am-12:45pm ET

Register here on November 20, 2023

Course will fill to capacity quickly

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100% online and virtual; reliable internet connection and computer is required


9 hours online + 1/2 day live session via Zoom

RX-410 Smoke Management Techniques

TBD 2024

Future course is being planned

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S-212 Wildland Fire Chainsaws

future dates unknown

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S-215 Fire Operations in the Wildland/Urban Interface

future dates unknown

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*EARLY registration is available to anyone who has graduated from one or more of the NATA core certificate courses (Managing for Visitors and Volunteers, Managing for Diversity, Collaborating to Manage Ecosystems, or Conservation Site Assessment & Planning). Contact NATA Training Coordinator >1 week in advance of the early registration date for early access code.