Virtual Program Exchange

Have you ever thought about exploring 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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Jan 23 2021 - Jan 29 2021

Rookery Bay’s Festival of Birds 2021 — A Month of Virtual Activities Devoted to Birds!

Date Monday, Jan 25 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Host Organization:  Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center — Naples, FL
Price:  $40

Join Rookery Bay and partners in January for a month-full of online activities, presentations and virtual adventures for nature and bird lovers everywhere! With a Festival of Birds’ Pass, participants will get exclusive access to ALL Festival of Birds’ activities including eight expert speaker presentations, virtual birding experiences broadcast live from the birding hot spots in Southwest Florida and other...

From Cape Cod to Boca Raton — Sea turtle rehabilitation at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Monday, Jan 25 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  2pm PT  /  3pm MT  /  4pm CT  /  5pm ET
Host Organization:  Linda Loring Nature Foundation — Nantucket, MA
Price:  Free

Join us for a virtual tour behind the scenes of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility. This past December, hundreds of cold-stunned turtles were rescued from the shores of Cape Cod. Twenty of these turtles were airlifted to Gumbo Limbo to complete treatment at this South Florida Nature Center. Manager, Leanne Welch and Sea Turtle Rehabilitation...

FYI Naturalist: Save Food; Waste Less in Nashville

Tuesday, Jan 26 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

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

Did you know that on average, each Nashvillian wastes 3.5 pounds of food per week? Nationally, the cost of food waste adds up to $1,800 per U.S. household annually. Banana peels, coffee grounds, rotten eggs—all of this food waste is sent to our landfills! Learn from experts at Metro Public Works and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative about how you can divert some of this waste and...

Tea & Topics – The Life of Increase Lapham by Paul Hayes

Tuesday, Jan 26 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  8am PT  /  9am MT  /  10am CT  /  11am ET
Host Organization:  Riveredge Nature Center — Newburg, WI
Price:  Free

Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham explores the remarkable life and achievements of Wisconsin’s first scientist with Paul Hayes, author and retired Journal/Sentinel reporter. Lapham identified and preserved thousands of botanical specimens. He surveyed and mapped the state’s effigy mounds and published the first book in Wisconsin. He was also a force behind the creation...

Crooked River Reads: A Distinguished Author Series featuring Richard Louv

Tuesday, Jan 26 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization:  Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Peninsula, OH
Price:  $10 Non-members / $8.50 Conservancy members

Join us for a new series as we host five distinguished authors throughout 2021. Together, we will explore the crucial impact connecting with nature has on humankind and the impact humankind has on nature. Richard's talk will cover content from four of his books — Last Child in the Woods, Vitamin N, The Nature Principle, and Our...

Under the Ice

Tuesday, Jan 26 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  8am PT  /  9am MT  /  10am CT  /  11am ET
Host Organization:  Beaver Creek Reserve — Fall Creek, WI
Price:  Free

Join Citizen Science Center staff for a look at what happens in a lake as things start to freeze! This program will take a look at what that layer of ice means to the water underneath, and how life underwater adapts to make it through the winter. This is a Zoom program hosted by our Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, AJ Leiden. Register here.

The Wonders of Wildflowers

Tuesday, Jan 26 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  9am PT  /  10am MT  /  11am CT  /  12pm ET
Host Organization:  Grass River Natural Area — Bellaire, MI
Price:  Free

Beat the chill of winter by dreaming about the color and beauty of spring and summer wildflowers! Join James Dake online on your lunch break for a colorful and warm photography presentation to look at over a dozen of our local species and how their beauty is only outmatched by their wondrous feats, like their abilities to melt snow, change from male to female, shoot seeds long...

Deciphering Winter Bird Behavior

Wednesday, Jan 27 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization:  Pickering Creek Audubon Center — Easton, MD
Price:  Free

Ever wonder how overwintering birds survive the cold? Though we’re all familiar with the sight of Canada Geese and other species flying south for the winter in search of more resources, other residential species find ways to stick it out locally. Some have physical adaptations to help them beat the cold, while others change their behaviors. Join us to find out more, and to learn...

Severson Dells "Sense of Place" Reading Group

Thursday, Jan 28 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization: Severson Dells Nature Center — Rockford, IL
Price: Free (donations accepted)

Join Jessie Crow Mermel for a virtual gathering to discuss some of the leading environmental writings of the day that can help us navigate these uncertain times. What lessons from nature can we hold dear while we are sheltering in place? This group was designed to help us feel connected as a community and to the earth during this time. Reading selections will...

A New Vision for Environmental Learning — A Conversation with Mitch Thomashow

Thursday, Jan 28 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4:30pm PT  /  5:30pm MT  /  6:30pm CT  /  7:30pm ET
Host Organization:  Natural History Institute — Prescott, AZ
Price:  Free

How can we respond to the current planetary ecological emergency? Mitch Thomashow — long-time ecological educator and big-picture thinker, and former college president — will explore these issues in dialogue with NHI Executive Director Tom Fleischner, drawing from his recent book, To Know the World: A New Vision for Environmental Learning, and a lifetime on the visionary front...

Stroll with Nature: Moles and Voles

Friday, Jan 29 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization:  Pierce Cedar Creek Institute — Hastings, MI
Price:  Free

Journey to the subnivean zone – a hidden world of tunnels under the snow! Discover how small animals, such as voles and moles, travel and survive all winter long through stories, hands-on activities, and suggestions for short “strolls” on trails or through your neighborhood. This program will be live-streamed through Zoom and Facebook Live so that you will have an opportunity to interact...

The Crow (Backyard Naturalist Series)

Friday, Jan 29 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization:  Urban Ecology Center — Milwaukee, MI
Price:  Free (donations accepted)

This bird deserves its own season – or at least a miniseries, but we’ll do our best to pack the best crow stories into one episode. Will we talk about their ability to use tools? Recognize human faces? To follow traffic signals? Crow funerals or the fact that they have more brain mass per body weight than you? Grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and curl up on...

Frozen Pond Exploration

Saturday, Jan 30 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  8am PT  /  9am MT  /  10am CT  /  11am ET
Host Organization:  Warner Park Nature Center — Nashville, TN
Price:  Free

Online registration is open. What happens in the winter to the frogs, the salamanders, the plants and the insects when the pond freezes? Discovery the surprising answers during this webinar as we investigate this cold underwater world. Register here.

Age level: Families, 8 years and up

Leader: Rachel Anderson

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