Past Recipients

The ANCA Leadership Awards recognize outstanding professionals in the field of nature center administration.


Ken Finch
Environmental Educataion Consultant
2017 Nature Center Leadership Award Recipient


Haley Bresiner
Executive Director 
Grass River Natural Area
2017 Outstanding New Leader
Award Recipient

ANCA Nature Center Leadership Award

2017 - Ken Finch, Environmental Education Consultant
2016 - Dick Touvell, Executive Director, Chippewa Nature Center
2015 - Dede Long, Former Executive Director, Briar Bush Nature Center Learn more
2014 - Carolyn Chipman Evans, Founder and Executive Director, Cibolo Nature Center & Farm Learn more
2013 - Saul Weisberg, Executive Director, North Cascades Institute Learn more
2012 - Sandy Bivens, Superintendent of Nature Centers, Metro Parks, Nashville, TN
2011 - Bob Mercer, Director/Naturalist, Silver Lake Nature Center
2010 - Bill Rose, President, CEO, Kalamazoo Nature Center
2009 - Pat Welch, Executive Director, Pine Jog Nature Center
2008 - Jack Shea, Executive Director, Teton Science Schools 
2007 - Rich Patterson, Executive  Director, Indian Creek Nature Center 
2006 - Gordon Maupin, Executive Director, The Wilderness Center
2005 - Tracy Kay, Former Director, Schuylkill Center for
Environmental Education
2004 - Dr. Charles "Corky" McReynolds, Treehaven Environmental Learning Center
2003 - Charity Krueger, Executive Director, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
2002 - Mike Riska, Executive Director, Delaware Nature Society
2001 - Dr. Robert Thomas, Director, Loyola University, Center for Environmental Communications (founding Director, Louisiana Nature Center)
2000 - H. Lewis Batts, Kalamazoo Nature Center

ANCA Outstanding New Leader Award

2017 - Haley Bresiner, Executive Director, Grass River Natural Area
2016 - John Myers, Executive Director, Indian Creek Nature Center
2015 - John DeFillipo, Director, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center Learn more
2014 - Jason Meyer, Executive Director, Blandford Nature Center Learn more