See the full 2018 Summit schedule here to get an idea of what this event offers. 

Types of Programming

The Summit features a Keynote Speaker with expertise in a topic relevant to nature and environmental learning center leaders.

The Summit offers half- and full-day Workshops on Thursday that you will pre-register for. They are led by one or two professionals and are designed in the more traditional conference style. Some of these workshops are "in-the-field" workshops designed to delve into a particular topic that off-site locations focus on particularly well. Visits to the sites will feature site staff discussing their history and expertise and will include some time for participants to explore the site on their own or talk to staff further about their operation.

Workshop Sessions allow participants the opportunity to learn about new programs and ideas. These 90-minute sessions allow for presentation time and dialogue among the group.

Facilitated Discussions are a hallmark of the ANCA Summit. The primary presenter is more a moderator, rather than a single voice, and guides the exchange of ideas based around the topic title. Participants will enrich the discussion by contributing ideas and experiences. The result is a synergistic dialogue that allows for an abundance of perspectives, possibilities, and energy. During the 90-minute discussion, participants will have the opportunity to explore various topics more in depth.

Open Space Sessions provide an opportunity for participants to create their own meeting, continue a session that needs more time, or find a group to address an issue that was not presented elsewhere during the Summit. In the Open Space Meeting, Summit participants will gather and collectively design the session topics that will be offered during Saturday afternoon. We ask, however, that all attendees bring to the meeting those topics that they feel will be relevant and meaningful to themselves and the group.

Pre- and Post-Summit Field Trips. Don’t leave the Summit location without time spent exploring the local flora, fauna, food, and culture of the area! ANCA Summit Field Trips offer the chance to add to your professional development experience while taking advantage of unique opportunities to visit additional nature education sites, spend time with local experts, and interact with your peers. These field trips are designed with ANCA members in mind and should not be missed!

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