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Managing for Diversity Across Florida's Unique Landscapes

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Online coursework: Feb 26 - Mar 15, 2024

Live virtual welcome session: (via Zoom) Monday, February 26 at 3:30-4:30pm Eastern Time (requires reliable internet and computer with video and audio capacity)

In-person workshop: March 20 - 21, 2024


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Course Description

This is a NATA Core workshop, leading to the Certificate in Natural Areas Management. This training builds understanding of management and restoration approaches for conserving biodiversity.

Participants will: 

  • Identify factors responsible for Florida's high biodiversity
  • Discover sources of information on biodiversity in Florida
  • Understand threats to biodiversity and strategies that can be used to abate these threats
  • Become aware of biodiversity protection laws and how environmental laws are enforced
  • Learn about the role of restoration in maintaining biodiversity over the long term
  • Compare ways to control invasive and non-native plant/animal species that threaten FL biodiversity
  • Develop a monitoring plan that assesses trends in biodiversity over time

Online coursework:

Approximately 11 hours over 3-weeks (on your own, prior to the in-person training). Draft of  MFD Online Assignment Checklist 2024

In-person training:

1.5 day in-person training at Morningside Nature Center, east of downtown Gainesville, FL. Draft of  MFD Field Days Agenda 2024

Registration Fee:

$315 (does not include lodging)

*Early registration is available to participants who has previously graduated from one or more of the NATA Core Certificate Courses (contact training coordinator >1 week in advance for access code).


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging. In-person workshop is located 10 min. drive EAST of downtown Gainesville, FL.

For more information, contact: 

Training Coordinator

Natural Areas Training Academy