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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.



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 100% virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Both the online and live virtual trainings are REQUIRED)

Pre-coursework online: 

Approximately 10 hours, to be completed at your own pace.

Live virtual training:

Two day live virtual training via Zoom.* 

*We will cover all of the same workshop content as would occur in the typical in-person training. In addition, we will all be online simultaneously, with participants and instructors operating in real time on both Wednesday, May 13 & Thursday, May 14. This format requires that you have access to a computer with internet.

Registration fee:


For more information, contact: 

Meghan Lauer, Workshop Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

(850) 875-7153

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