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Conservation Site Assessment and Planning

Next Course:

Summer 2023 - Dates TBD

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Course Description:

This is a NATA Core workshop, leading to the Certificate in Natural Areas Management. This training builds a foundation of skills useful in conducting site assessments and developing resource management plans. 

Participants will:

  • Learn how to conduct a rapid site assessment
  • Discover sources of information useful when conducting site assessments
  • Gain experience classifying the condition of forest vegetation communities
  • Identify site-specific threats to natural resources at small and large spatial scales
  • Develop management objectives and design management strategies that effectively address these objectives
  • Identify components of effective management plans based on program needs and goals
  • Learn about a variety of management plans used by county, state, and federal agencies

This workshop is presented in a hybrid format (Both the online and in-person trainings are REQUIRED)

Online coursework:

Approximately 9 hours over 3-weeks (on your own, prior to the in-person training).

In-person training:

Two days of in-person training at University of Florida's Austin Cary Forest Campus northeast of Gainesville, FL.

Registration Fee:

$295 (does not include lodging)

*Early registration is available to participants who has previously graduated from one or more of the NATA Core Certificate Courses.


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging. When selecting lodging, note that Austin Cary is located 20-25 minutes drive northeast of Gainesville.

For more information, contact: 

Training Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

Instructor Michael Andreu instructs class