Residential Environmental Learning Centers

The Residential Environmental Learning Center conference (RELC) is the single most useful gathering of practitioners in the country for residential EE programs. Imagine all of the biggest challenges you have at your center, and in this one weekend gathering you will leave with ideas and ways to approach all of them... from people who have been in the same place as you!

- John DiDiego, Education Director, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

ANCA has helped support Residential Environmental Learning Center (RELC) gatherings since their beginning in 1996. The RELC gathering, offered biennially, brings together executive directors and education leadership staff from residential environmental learning centers across North America. These centers share unique challenges including finding, training and retaining staff; recruiting and preparing participants for multi-day experiences; keeping budgets vibrant during challenging times; facility, food service maintenance, and sustainability; program evaluation; and risk management.

The RELC Conference uses Open Space Technology and the program agenda is determined by the conference attendees.

Registration for the 2019 RELC Gathering at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, January 18-22nd, IS NOW OPEN!

  • Registration for the event is $354 per person and includes lodging, meals, and programming. On campus rooms will be shared, each room contains two suites, each suite contains two bunkbeds and a shared bathroom. If you choose to stay offsite, your registration will be $285. 
  • There will be an 11am and 3pm shuttle on the 18th (arrival day) and the 22nd (departure day) to and from Duluth for $100 roundtrip. 
  • Dogsledding will be offered on January 19th for $20. 

A more detailed schedule is coming soon!

Register here.

2019 RELC Save the Date 

Click here for past RELC gathering notes and documents