Building Resilience: The Future of Natural Areas



Bloomington, IN

This will mark the first time the conference will take place in Indiana since 1992. The conference will take place at the Indiana Memorial Union, on the campus of Indiana University, in the university town of Bloomington – one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S. One feature that sets Indiana apart as a destination for the Natural Areas Conference is that it has such a wide variety of natural areas–from oak-hickory hardwood forests to songbird habit in the Brown County Hills, to Karst topography and cave systems in limestone country, from the Kankakee prairies to Lake Michigan dunes, to the wetlands and natural lakes in the northern part of the state.

Indiana Memorial Union, University of Indiana

The Indiana Memorial Union has been the heart of Indiana University Bloomington for more than 100 years. Since its earliest days, the IMU has served as the hub of the campus, providing a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to connect with each other and the campus as they eat, relax, study, play, or celebrate.

About The Conference

How do we use proactive management and protection to build resiliency? And what strategies and approaches are capable of addressing the complex environmental changes that we face? We will have sessions on the following topics:

  • Land management in light of climate change
  • Communication for Natural Areas Professionals
  • Technology for Natural Areas Professionals
  • Collaboration
  • Use of native plant materials
  • Managing for pollinators
  • Migration corridors
  • Urban ecology
  • Private land conservation