Summer "Directions" Journal Now Available

Directions CoverWant new ideas for your organization? Read the latest issue of Directions, the ANCA journal. With trends in the profession and stories of innovative leadership, Directions is a must-read for anyone in the nature & environmental learning center field. 

Read Directions here (pdf)

This summer issue features stories and information about:

Equitable environmental advocacy

  • "The DEIJ [Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice] journey will look different for all nature centers, but there are endless opportunities to begin the shift to inclusive, equitable work that truly serves all our communities." — Ellie Ezekiel, Environmental Advocate at Delaware Nature Society

Strengthening a membership program

  • "Who does a nature center want as members? People who will be engaged, people who will potentially volunteer, but most importantly, people who want to support your mission." — Rebecca Minnick, Executive Director of Louisville Nature Center

Developing a winter health program

  • "Participants learned about Preservation Parks’ locations they had never visited, they learned about trails in surrounding communities, shared tips about winter walking shoes and walking apps, but best of all, they shared their stories that inspired others to get out, even on the coldest days." — Rich Niccum, Education Services Manager for Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Creating an equitable hiring process

  • “People don’t inherently embrace change ... because it is a process, it can sometimes take longer, or it can seem like it’s more of a burden to do this work, but really it’s building the muscle to do it.” — Katrina Miller, Director of Human Resources at IslandWood