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UF Academic Use
NATL's primary purpose is as an outdoor teaching lab for UF students. Classes using NATL have priority over other users for pavilion reservations. Please remember that this area is intensively used and managed, so it is very important for students and faculty to follow the rules for using NATL.
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• NATL is open from dawn to dusk.
• Activities in NATL should maintain or improve, rather than significantly diminish, the usefulness of the area for its purposes.
• The part of NATL-west that lies south of Division Trail and all of NATL-east are designated for academic use only.
- The public is excluded, but students, faculty, and classes have free access for academic purposes.
- The reason access is restricted in these areas is to make them more suitable for student research projects that require equipment and markers to remain undisturbed.
- Consequently, those using the areas are asked to avoid sites where projects are ongoing as evidenced by equipment and markers that identify the project.
- In no case should markers or equipment be taken or moved. If you wish to leave equipment or markers in the restricted areas for more than a single semester, you must describe your project and the Natural Area Advisory Committee will review the proposal. Each project in the restricted area must have a faculty sponsor (unless the proposer is a faculty member or other professional researcher). Every piece of equipment and marker should be labled with a name and contact information.
• The pavilion is available by reservation as long as activities are in keeping with NATL’s purpose i.e., to help students and the public learn about ecology and biotic diversity.
• A special notice for log-rolling entomologists in NATL.
• The following types of activities must be pre-approved by the Natural Area Advisory Committee:
- Activities that permanently alter the ecology of the area.
- Activities that may interfere with others using NATL.
- Activities that may diminish the usefulness of NATL for teaching about ecology and biotic diversity.
- Activities in restricted areas that last longer than one semester and that are evident in the absence of the user (e.g., flags and stakes marking plots or transects).
• Many come to NATL to ID animals based on their sounds so please keep noise to a minimum.
• Please remember NATL is part of the UF campus and is a tobacco-free zone.
• To learn more about NATL uses and parking information see the complete rules for using NATL.