2024 Annual Summit

ANCA Summit 2024: Natural Spaces, Urban Places | MOSH / Lichterman Nature Center / Memphis Tennessee | September 9-13

THE ANCA ANNUAL SUMMIT is the premier professional development opportunity for leaders of nature centers, outdoor schools, and related organizations. With a focus on leadership and management practices for our unique profession, the Summit provides participants with a wealth of knowledge, strategies, and resources to help them excel in their work.

Join us for the 2024 Summit, September 9-13 at Lichterman Nature Center (LNC), part of the Museum of Science & History (MoSH) in Memphis, Tennessee. Whether you're just starting out in the field or you're a seasoned professional, don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with professional peers.

“Best professional development experience of my career so far.”

— 2023 Summit Participant

Leafy trees across a pond. At bottom is standing water, in the distance is a red arched bridge surrounded by trees in green foliage.A scene from the lake at Lichterman Nature Center.

About the Summit

Lichterman Nature Center & MoSH

Tucked away in the heart of metropolitan Memphis, MoSH-Lichterman Nature Center brings nature to life with exciting exhibits, native wildflowers and trees, and a tradition of excellence in environmental education set in the midst of 65 acres of lake, meadow, and forest. Home to a wide variety of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals, Lichterman is an urban wildlife oasis.

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Programs are the core of the ANCA Summit. In the variety of Summit programs, you can connect with peers and experts in a supportive learning environment, while also building a network of professional relationships that will strengthen your work throughout the year.

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Submit a Program Proposal

If you've had a recent success or learning experience at your organization, a Summit program is an opportunity to share! These programs can also be a place to learn what professional peers are doing on a particular topic, and work together to find solutions.

Program proposals may include Workshops and Facilitated Discussions. We are accepting Summit program proposals until May 27.  

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Two people sit on a large boulder with a notepad between them. One person gesticulates and speaks. Behind them, yellow flowers.Monday, Sept 9
Check-in begins in the afternoon, Summit Welcome

Tuesday, Sept 10
Field Workshops, Concurrent Sessions, Evening Networking

Wednesday, Sept 11
Field Workshops, Open Space Sessions, ANCA Leadership Awards Ceremony

Thursday, Sept 12
Concurrent Sessions, Open Space Sessions, ANCA Celebration & Summit Closing

Friday, Sept 13
Explore Memphis (self-guided, optional)

Lodging & Travel

The Memphis International Airport is just a 15-minute drive from Lichterman Nature Center. Summit participants receive a special discount on lodging at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Memphis on Sanderlin Avenue, conveniently located 10 minutes from LNC.

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Registration will open later this month.


Summit sponsorship is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to engage with ANCA members, building brand awareness and marketing leads, while also supporting professional development within our field.

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Curious about the Summit? Here are some frequently asked questions about the event.

Still have questions? Email ANCA Membership & Programs Coordinator Daniel Auer at .

“This was my first year and I didn't realize how much I needed to be with a group of people who could empathize with my struggles and offer such good insight. This conference felt inspiring and recharging and I can't wait to go again."

— 2023 Summit Participant




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