Google Groups

We have two Google Groups that act as listservs for the ANCA community; these forums are for people to share ideas, questions, challenges, and successes about the nature and environmental learning center profession. Anyone can join — you do not need to be a member of ANCA or have a Gmail.

ANCA Google Group

We encourage all nature and environmental learning center administrators to register and join the ANCA Google Group; this Group represents the broader ANCA community and includes nearly 1,000 administrators across North America and beyond. If you're seeking advice or an answer to a specific question, this is a great place to ask.

How to Join:

Go to the Google Group and click "Apply for membership."

  • If you do not have a Gmail Account and do not want to create one, you can join the ANCA Google Group by creating a Google Account with the email of your choice. Fill out this form to connect your email to a Google Account and then go to the Google Group.

How It Works:

Items you post on the Group are both posted online and circulated to subscribers via email. You have the option to receive all the Group's emails, receive a daily digest of the day's messages, or receive no emails.


We ask that you do not use the Group for commercial purposes. If you wish to advertise or have a great market resource for our members, please contact us to inquire about marketing opportunities.

Avoid large attachments. They can disrupt email service for some members. Instead, let users know that a document or form is available and they can contact you directly or provide the website address it can be found at. ANCA will consider posting your document on our website pending review. Contact us about this option. 

Suggested Topics:

  • Questions related to program, facility, governance, fundraising, personnel, etc
  • Announcements of professional seminars and conferences
  • Job postings
  • Grant opportunities
  • Calls for nominations to professional awards
  • Spreading the word about a great resource

RELC Discussion Forum

We also host another Group for Residential Environmental Learning Centers (RELCs). Any leader or aspiring leader in the RELC field is welcome to use this forum; you can join here and follow the same steps as shown above for the ANCA Google Group.

Questions? Contact us.

Thanks for all the input, everyone. I love knowing that you're all out there ready to help me with answers." 
—  Katie Watson, Pajarito Environmental Education Center