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Natural Areas Training Academy, UF IFAS Extension

The Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA) is supported by the University of Florida IFAS Extension to conduct professional training workshops on sustainable management of Florida's natural areas.


Our mission is to create a network of land managers with current knowledge and skills to conserve Florida’s resources.



Our objectives include providing training that is relevant, adaptable, affordable, of high value, cost effective, that fills a unique niche, and that results in certification; creating a network of trained land managers and fostering partnerships among them.


We provide natural resource managers with opportunities for training in the strategies of natural areas management to positively affect the conservation of natural landscapes, both in public and private ownership. This training is focused on, but not limited to, Florida's natural areas.


Continuting Education Units and a Certificate in Natural Areas Management are available.