Leadership Awards

Do you know someone who has demonstrated best practices in leading a nature or environmental learning center? Have you been mentored by a fellow nature center administrator or know of a new leader who is doing an exceptional job? Recognize this person by nominating them for an ANCA Leadership Award!

Every year the ANCA network recognizes excellence in nature and environmental learning center leadership through two awards: the ANCA Nature Center Leadership Award and the ANCA Outstanding New Leader Award. Both awards are given to candidates who are nominated by their peers, staff, or board. 

The ANCA Nature Center Leadership Award is intended to recognize outstanding professionals in the field of nature center administration. Candidates should be employed (or formerly employed) in a top leadership role in a nature center. Current ANCA Board Members are not eligible for this award. 

The ANCA Outstanding New Leader Award is intended to recognize outstanding new leaders with less than five years of full-time work experience as the director, executive director, president or leader at the highest administrative level at an environmental learning center. Current ANCA Board Members are not eligible for this award.

Share this opportunity with your staff and board! This is a chance to bring recognition to your center, and rally your team around accomplishments. Bo Glover, recipient of the 2018 ANCA Nature Center Leadership Award, application, was nominated by his staff and board. They recognize the collective achievement of Bo's leadership and the Environmental Nature Center:

“Bo is the heart and soul of our organization, who humbly leads knowing that his job is to serve: our community, our children and the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) staff. Orange County, California is one of the most densely populated areas in the country, and for many of the children that the ENC serves, their visits to our campus is their only experience with nature. More than 27,000 children experience Nature at the ENC annually. The testimonials from the teachers whose students attend our programs is a constant reminder of the importance of the ENC’s mission and the quality of the experiences that the ENC is providing to their students."- Dan Heinfeld, ENC Board Member. 

Access the ANCA Nature Center Leadership Award Application here. Access the ANCA Outstanding New Leader Award Application here. The deadline for nominations is April 1st each year. 

2019 ANCA Leadership Award Recipients

The Association of Nature Center Administrators' board of directors is pleased to announce the recognition of two outstanding individuals in the field of nature and environmental education center administration.

  • 2019 ANCA Nature Center Leadership Award: Ken Voorhis, Retired Chief Education and Operations Officer, Yellowstone Forever (2013-2018) & Executive Director of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (1984-2013)
  • 2019 ANCA Outstanding New Leader Award: Ann Wasser, Executive Director at the Severson Dells Nature Center in Rockford, Illinois

For questions please contact the ANCA Office.