Submit a Program Proposal

Logo: ANCA Summit | Thrive Outside | Irvine Nature Center | Owings Mills, Md | August 1-5

We are looking forward to the ANCA Thrive Outside Summit and we invite you to submit a program proposal! This is an important year as we come together in person to reflect on the past two years, learn from professional colleagues, and Thrive Outside. This year’s Summit will allow for even more opportunities to connect with your peers and to enjoy the beauty of Irvine Nature Center’s trails and open spaces.

Please submit your proposal no later than May 23.



Summit programming includes Workshops and Facilitated Discussions.


Workshops are presentation-based sessions where participants learn in-depth on a single topic and expand their skill set. Workshop presenters should be experienced in the topic and able to effectively communicate the subject material. These sessions should inspire and challenge Summit attendees to make an impact on their centers and their communities.

ANCA Members, Business Partners, and Summit Sponsors are welcome to submit workshop proposals. Workshops can be 90 minutes or (up to) three hours.

Facilitated Discussions

Facilitated Discussions are conversational sessions where all participants contribute to the discussion. Facilitators guide the dialogue but do not give a formal presentation; we discourage PowerPoint and other presentation tools unless used to briefly introduce the topic. Facilitated discussions are an excellent opportunity to share with your peers, learn new ideas, discuss trends in the profession, and work together to find solutions. 

ANCA Members and Business Partners are welcome to submit a Facilitated Discussion proposal. These sessions are 90 minutes in length. 

If your topic is selected for a Facilitated Discussion, you will be asked to be the facilitator. If you are new to facilitation, we will work with you to find a co-facilitator to help you manage the session. Facilitators are not expected to have all the answers! 


Topics should be relevant to our audience of nature and environmental learning center administrators including executive directors and managers, land managers, education directors, development directors, and board members. Possible topics include:

  •     Advocacy and community engagement
  •     Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  •     Marketing strategies
  •     Board recruitment, development, and management
  •     Land management
  •     Staff and volunteer management
  •     Master and strategic planning
  •     Budgeting and financial management
  •     Liability and risk management
  •     Program registration and database management
  •     Exhibit design and planning
  •     Program trends and partnerships

If you have questions about submitting a proposal or would like to discuss a potential idea before submitting, please contact Daniel Auer, Membership & Programs Coordinator, at .


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