March 03, 2022

New "Directions" Journal Now Available

Directions CoverHow are nature centers innovating for a better world? Find out in 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

This issue features stories and information about:

Innovation at nature centers

  • "We needed to push people to think not about making buildings better, but about making our relationship with the planet better." — Pete Smerud, Executive Director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

Achieving the Living Building Challenge certification

  • "Several years in the making, the accomplishment was realized due to the hard work of a village of people." — Karin Hostetter, Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center

A sense-based phenomenon that holds potential for nature center programs

  • "Since our brains are primed to detect patterns, engaging in pareidolia can be a common activity, especially for children. Beyond a fun activity, however, the phenomenon may contain deeper medical and educational benefits that we are only beginning to understand." — Asa Duffee, ANCA Director of Marketing & Communications

ANCA's enduring mission and values

  • “I am thrilled we have been able to grow our organizational capacity to better serve our members and the profession.” — Jen Levy, ANCA Executive Director