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Thursday, April 25

10-11:30am AKT  /  11am-12:30pm PT  /  12-1:30pm MT  /  1-2:30pm CT  /  2-3:30pm ET 

Have you started your leadership or management position within the last five years? This is a formative time when you have many unique opportunities and challenges in your role, such as building upon your organization’s existing operations and culture.

In this ANCA CONNECTS program, we’ll discuss these opportunities and challenges of being a new leader at a nature center, outdoor school, or related organization. We’ll explore topics like values, vision, and communication, and address questions like:

  • How do you implement the vision for your organization or help inspire the vision for the future?
  • How can you help create a strong organizational culture that encourages collaboration, learning, and a commitment to mission?
  • How do you build positive relationships with the stakeholders of your organization?
  • Where might you seek professional development opportunities that are specific to your responsibilities?

This program will use a “Facilitated Discussion” format, where all participants contribute to the discussion, and a facilitator guides the dialogue. This format allows you to share with your peers, learn new ideas, and work together to find solutions.

If you’ve entered a new leadership or management role in the last five years, please join us.


  • Allison Mackley, Vice President for Education, Berks Nature
  • Chad Truxall, Executive Director, Marine Discovery Center


  • $15 for ANCA Members and staff/board of ANCA Organization Members
  • $30 for non-members