ANCA CONNECTS: DEI Discussion Group — What Does Equitable Engagement Mean for YOUR Nature Center?

May 15 2024


Time:  10-11:30am AKT  /  11am-12:30pm PT  /  12-1:30pm MT  /  1-2:30pm CT  /  2-3:30pm ET

Do you strive to make your organization equitable and inclusive? Connect with other nature center professionals working on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through the ANCA CONNECTS: DEI Discussion Group. This group allows professionals in our field to share experience and insights with each other, exchange relevant resources, and make plans for action. 

In this session we'll discuss what it actually means for an organization to engage with its community, create equitable access to the outdoors, and get kids outside. Facilitators will share how The Discovery Center in Philadelphia uses “Standards of Excellence” to engage the community around them, and the steps Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio is taking to be a conservation action center for everyone. We'll also have time to discuss what steps your center is taking to engage equitably.

This program is open to anyone who wants to advance DEI efforts within their organization. If you’re just curious about this work, starting out recently, or you have years of experience, we invite you to join us for learning and sharing together. You can expect:

  • An insightful conversation and sharing of professional experiences
  • Exchanging resources and educational materials
  • A supportive community that encourages taking action to promote DEI

This discussion will be facilitated by:

  • Sara Beesley, Director of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio, Texas
  • Damien Ruffner, Manager of The Discovery Center in Philadelphia, Penn.

Registration: $15 members, $30 non-members



ANCA Annual Pass holders register for free.

If you have questions, please contact ANCA Membership & Programs Coordinator Daniel Auer, at . This CONNECTS program will not be recorded. ANCA Members receive a 50% discount code; if you are a member and don't have the code, please email Daniel at