COVID-19 Resources

The following is a collection of resources that you can use for your organization to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources are for informational purposes and are not intended as legal advice; be sure to get sound professional advice to ensure compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Nature Center Toolkit

See the COVID-19 Nature Center Toolkit (pdf), an extensive guide that can help you safely open and maintain your site throughout the pandemic. The toolkit was a joint project between Marshall & Sterling Insurance and ANCA.

Reopening Plan Samples & Resources

Programs & Camps

Digital Tools & Resources

Best Practices of Distance Environmental Education


Advocacy Letters

HR Resources

FFCRA and the CARES Act

Help with the Payroll Protection Program Loans



Here we are compiling stories of how ANCA members are responding to the coronavirus crisis so that you can find some inspiration for your own organization's response.

Indian Creek Nature Center Pivots to Virtual Plant Sale

Indian Creek Nature Center Plant Sale (Photo by Liz Zabel)One of Indian Creek Nature Center's most significant fundraisers, their annual plant sale couldn't be postponed due to timeliness of planting, and canceling would have meant a major loss of funding. That left one option: pivot. The center's team quickly moved the sale online, and still brought in over $25,000 in sales. Read how the team managed the change.

Create Calm out of Chaos

CCSC staffAs leaders in the nature center profession, one of our roles is to be a steady, calm presence during times of chaos. But, how do you do that when the world you knew has turned upside down? Nancy Patterson, Manager of the Campbell Creek Science Center, shares nature-based leadership practices to help you create the calm out of chaos your community desires. 

Planning When the World Changes Every Few Days

Reflection Riding 2019 Summer CampPresident/CEO Mark McKnight shares how Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center has been able to navigate the abrupt changes in the pandemic, and offers three suggestions for how other organizations can prepare for and respond to change. See his recommendations here.

Chattahoochee Nature Center Organizes Blood Drive, Saves Lives

Alicia Evans and Tamara Kinmon Events DirectorChattahoochee Nature Center considered hosting a blood drive in the past, but that was one of many possible activities. Once the coronavirus crisis came, however, they decided this was the right time to hold a blood drive with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. Read Alicia Evans' story about how CNC saved lives.

Huron County Nature Center Taps the Power of the Pen

penpals1When social distancing became the norm, Huron County Nature Center's naturalist asked herself how she could connect with children in the most impactful ways. Rather than create exclusively digital content, she went a different, more tangible route — and now has over 50 pen pals throughout the US. Read about Caitlin Stone-Webber's pen pal program here.