Workshops and Trainings for Practitioners

The Natural Areas Conservancy, in partnership with NYC Parks, is proud to work directly with park conservancies across New York City, to advise and assist with the stewardship of 10,000 acres of natural areas. Our scientists have developed a set of resources and tools to streamline these citywide management efforts. Throughout the spring and summer, we'll be holding a series of workshops and trainings for partner organizations to learn and test-drive these cutting edge tools.

These events are only open to NYC Parks administrators, managers, and staff, local park conservancy employees, and any NYC Parks staff who specifies or plants in parks.

Learning the RSA & FIRST Tools

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Oak Ridge, Forest Park, Queens

During this workshop, you'll learn the Rapid Site Assessment (RSA) protocol and Forest Identification and Restoration Selection Tool (FIRST). How they work: The RSA was developed by the Natural Areas Conservancy as a fast method to quantitatively describe site conditions of a forest. A forest site is assessed with this method to establish baseline conditions prior to management. This assessment then enables the practitioner to define project targets and measure change in conditions over time. FIRST contains climate-adapted planting palettes for forest restoration sites and guides practitioners through future plantings. Funding for this workshop has been provided by the New York Community Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 

Learn more and register here.

Citywide Trails Program - Managing NYC’s Trails

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, Manhattan, NY

During this two-hour workshop, the NAC’s Citywide Trails Coordinator Gabriel Cummings and NYC Parks Citywide Trails Program Manager Marjorie Naidich will discuss NYC Parks’ trail management process — including an overview of trail improvement techniques for erosion control, corridor clearing, and closure of unwanted social trails. Funding for this workshop has been provided by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Learn more and register here.

Learning the FIRST Tool

Thursday, July 18, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Learn how to use the Forest Identification and Restoration Selection Tool (FIRST) — the climate-adapted planting palettes for forest restoration sites developed by the Natural Areas Conservancy in partnership with NYC Parks. This new tool guides forest restoration practitioners through planning for plantings. FIRST helps with identifying the type of forest community in which the project is taking place, as well as selecting tree species that are appropriate for the site now and in the future. Funding for this workshop has been provided by a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund.

Learn more and register here.

Rapid Site Assessment (RSA) Training

Thursday, August 1, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Location to be determined.

Learn the Rapid Site Assessment (RSA) protocol, which was developed by the Natural Areas Conservancy in partnership with NYC Parks, to guide practitioners who are conducting climate-adapted forest restoration. Funding for this workshop has been provided by the New York Community Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Learn more and register here.