Virtual Program Exchange

Do you want to explore the different environments of North America? With the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) Virtual Program Exchange, you can learn about the waters of the Pacific Coast, the birds of the eastern deciduous forest, the plants of the Great Plains, and so much more!

As part of this Exchange, nature and environmental learning centers throughout the continent invite you to join their virtual programs — see the calendar below to find a program that's right for you. Whether you're an adult or child in need of remote learning opportunities, there's plenty of nature to discover.

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Apr 19 2021 - Apr 25 2021

FYI Naturalist: Newts

Date Tuesday, Apr 20 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization:  Warner Park Nature Center — Nashville, TN
Price:  Free

Age level: Adults, 13+

Explore the fascinating world of the Red-spotted Newt with a naturalist known to geek out on all things related to salamanders. From their natural history to some weird observations and encounters, our local newt continues to surprise! Leader: Rachel Anderson. Register here.

Animal Meet & Greet Series

Wednesday, Apr 21 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  12pm PT  /  1pm MT  /  2pm CT  /  3pm ET
Host Organization:  New Canaan Nature Center — New Canaan, CT
Price:  Free

Each week, join an NCNC Naturalist to meet a couple of LIVE animals to learn about what makes them unique: where they live, what they eat, and how they are well-adapted to survive in their habitats. Perfect for children ages 2-10. Learn more here.

Fireside Chat: Driving the Dalton - 400 Miles of Adventure

Wednesday, Apr 21 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 7pm AKT  /  8pm PT  /  9pm MT  /  10pm CT  /  11pm ET
Host Organization:  
BLM Campbell Creek Science Center — Anchorage, AK
Price: 
Free

The Dalton Highway, or the “haul road,” provides a unique journey into the Alaska Arctic. The 414-mile long, remote and mostly gravel road travels through rolling forested hills, over the Yukon River, over the rugged Brooks Range, and across the North Slope to the Arctic Ocean. John Rapphahn, manager of the Arctic Interagency Visitor Center in Coldfoot, will...

Sustainable Recreation / Recreación Sustentable

Thursday, Apr 22 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4:30pm AKT  / 5:30pm PT  /  6:30pm MT  /  7:30pm CT  /  8:30pm ET
Host Organization:  
North Cascades Institute — Sedro Woolley, WA
Price: 
$5

Join us for a conversation with Stuart Vázquez, founder and director of the Eco-Lógica Magazine educational project. For more than 20 years, Stuart has researched municipal waste generation to understand its environmental impact and how we can reduce it. Understanding how our consumer society impacts the natural world (i.e. climate change) via waste...

Exploring with Scientists: Do birds avoid noisy habitats?

Thursday, Apr 22 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  6am AKT  /  7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization:  Kellogg Biological Station — Hickory Corners, MI
Price:  Free

Exploring with Scientists, an online series, connects upper elementary and middle school students with graduate students conducting ecological research at the Station. Each of the three programs, which will be held on Zoom, will focus on a certain type of animal or insect and touch on how scientists collect data in the field. Participants will be able to submit...

Female Birds & the Founding Mothers of Ornithology

Friday, Apr 23 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization:  The Nature Museum at Grafton — Grafton, VT
Price:  Sliding Scale beginning at $5

Think of this presentation as the her-story of birding and the celebration of noticing female birds. Let’s face it, there’s a bit of bias in the birding world when it comes to females. Bridget Butler, the Bird Diva, breaks down some of the most interesting new scientific studies on female birds and shares with you some of the stories of the Mothers of...

EDscursion Virtual Field Trip: Prescribed Fire

Friday, Apr 23 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  5am AKT  /  6am PT  /  7am MT  /  8am CT  /  9am ET
Host Organization:  Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center — Naples, FL
Price:  Free

Meet the staff who manage the Reserve’s active prescribed fire program. Land management through prescribed fire is a beneficial method of maintaining suitable habitat for native wildlife. Register at http://rookerybay.org/events/lectures-classes/

Rookery Bay’s “Edscursions” take online participants on virtual field trips through live-streaming technology to explore...

Gardening for Bees

Saturday, Apr 24 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  11am PT  /  12pm MT  /  1pm CT  /  2pm ET
Host Organization:  Houston Arboretum & Nature Center — Houston, TX
Price:  $10 Arboretum Members / $25 Nonmembers

Want to take your pollinator garden to the next level? Go beyond “wildflowers” and bug hotels and learn what bees really need from your garden. In this class we’ll talk about why bees are declining, what they need from the landscape (hint: it’s more than just flowers), and how you can make just three simple changes to your garden to maximize...

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