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Conservation Site Assessment and Planning

Next Course:

Online coursework: Oct 15 - Nov 4, 2024

Live virtual welcome session: (via Zoom)  1 hour during the first week of online course (TBA)

In-person workshop: November 7 - 8, 2024

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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 8 hours across 2-weeks (on your own, with weekly assignment deadlines); reliable internet connection and computer required. Example from Online Agenda 2022

Attend 1-hour live virtual welcome session (via Zoom), during the 2nd week of the online coursework.

In-person training:

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

Agenda for field day: Day 1 - 9:30pm to 5:30pm, Day 2 - 8:00am to 16:00pm;  Workshop Agenda 2024 DRAFT

Registration Fee:

$325 (does not include lodging)

*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. 


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging. When selecting lodging, note that Austin Cary Forest is located 20-25 minutes drive northeast of downtown Gainesville. For convenience, we recommend a hotel near downtown/central Gainesville (University Ave & Main St, or SW 13th St).

For more information, contact: 

Training Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy

Instructor Michael Andreu instructs class