Residential Environmental Learning Center

Residential Environmental Learning Center Photo courtesy of Calvin Laatsch.

ANCA has helped support Residential Environmental Learning Center (RELC) gatherings since their beginning in 1996. The RELC gathering, offered biennially, brings together executive directors and education leadership staff from residential environmental learning centers across North America. These centers share unique challenges including finding, training and retaining staff; recruiting and preparing participants for multi-day experiences; keeping budgets vibrant during challenging times; facility, food service maintenance, and sustainability; program evaluation; and risk management.

The Residential Environmental Learning Center conference (RELC) is the single most useful gathering of practitioners in the country for residential EE programs. Imagine all of the biggest challenges you have at your center, and in this one weekend gathering you will leave with ideas and ways to approach all of them... from people who have been in the same place as you!
 - John DiDiego, Education Director, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

2021 Residential Environmental Learning Center Gathering:

Save the date for January 15-19, 2021 at The Ecology School in Saco, ME. Add this to your calendar here

Past RELC Gatherings

See all the fun and collective knowledge sharing that took place at the 2019 RELC Gathering at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN here, thanks to all who participated!

If you are looking for notes or documents from past gatherings, please contact ANCA.