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Managing Visitors and Volunteers in Natural Areas: Core workshop

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


May 13-14, 2020. 


Participants will: 

  • Learn to effectively and appropriately plan recreation opportunities for visitor use, including trails and facilities
  • Apply knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines to develop new facilities as well as evaluate existing ones
  • Create effective and informative interpretation for visitors
  • Develop an understanding of the benefits and challenges of managing a volunteer program
  • Learn about the types of trainings and legal issues required for a volunteer program
  • Learn how to recruit volunteers and the important elements of volunteer job descriptions
  • Understand the importance of providing recognition for your volunteers

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

Pre-coursework online: 

Approximately 8 hours, to be completed at your own pace.

In-person training:

Two day in-person training at Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights, FL.

Registration fee:

$275 (does not include lodging)


Lodging is available for $45/person/night at Gold Head Branch State Park. If you prefer to secure your own lodging, two suggestions are the Hampton Inn & Suites in Middleburg, and the Waldo Inn & Suites, in Waldo, FL.

For more information, contact: 

Meghan Lauer, Workshop Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

(850) 875-7153

Three instructors standing in a semi-circle.

Students gathering around a lake.