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ANCA CONNECTS: DEI Discussion Group

This group is a space for ANCA members and non-members to come together to discuss relevant DEI resources, deepen our DEI learning, find support and inspiration from each other, and make plans for action. The group will gather to discuss a particular theme with opportunities to explore your own topics. The idea is that whatever format works best for you, you’ll have a way to engage! Check out this Padlet bulletin board for shared resources and to get the conversation started.

You may use this form to register for any or all of the following programs:

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - What Does Equitable Engagement Mean for YOUR Nature Center? 
10-11:30am AKT / 11am-12:30pm PT / 12-1:30pm MT / 1-2:30pm CT / 2-3:30pm ET

Everyone talks about engaging with their community, equitable access to the outdoors,
getting kids outside...but what does that actually mean? Let’s talk about it! Discuss
how The Discovery Center in Philadelphia uses “Standards of Excellence” to engage the
community around them, and the steps Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio is
taking to be a conservation action center for everyone. We want to hear what steps your
center is taking to engage equitably.
• Sara Beesley, Director, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
• Damien Ruffner, Audubon Program Manager, The Discovery Center

ANCA CONNECTS bring together nature and environmental learning center leaders who share a common challenge or who represent a specific type of organization. They are available to ANCA Members and non-members.

To qualify for the member rate, attendees need to be current Student, Emeritus, Associate, or Professional Members or an employee or board member of an Organization Member. Not a member? You can join here. Want to upgrade to an Organization membership? Please email

In ANCA CONNECTS, all attendees contribute to a shared dialogue that brings out an abundance of perspectives, possibilities, and renewed energy. We invite you to participate in the discussion and bring your questions, challenges, and solutions to the conversation.

Have questions? Please contact ANCA Membership & Programs Coordinator Daniel Auer at

Meeting Sign-up

The ANCA CONNECTS Registration Fee is $30 per session. ANCA Members receive a 50% discount code. This form processes payment with a credit card, Paypal, or bank transfer.

Please add your membership discount code to get 50% off your CONNECTS registration. If you are an ANCA CONNECTS Annual Pass holder, enter your code here.

Once you enter the code, the prices below will update. If you don't know the code, please email


Do you have any questions or topics you hope to discuss with your peers at this CONNECTS?

Contact Information


How to Connect to the Meeting

After submitting this form, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the Zoom meeting. The email will come from Daniel Auer, If you don’t receive an email within a few days with the Zoom link, first check your spam/trash folder. If you still haven't received it, please contact Daniel Auer at for the Zoom link.

Participant Waiver

Photography/Video of ANCA Peer CONNECTS Participants: During live CONNECTS events, recorded images, video, and audio may be taken in which you may be included, and you agree and understand that these images, videos, and audio may be used by ANCA for promotional purposes in print, video, and on the Internet.

Some areas of the CONNECTS platform allow you to provide content (in chat areas, forums, associated social media pages, etc.) By posting, uploading, publishing, distributing, or transmitting information such as photos, videos, reviews, messages, content, or other personal information on the CONNECTS platform or other ANCA-sponsored forums, blogs, or other communities, you represent and warrant that you are the sole author and owner of such content, and you further represent and warrant that you have permission from anyone included in any photos or videos, or if a child, you have permission from the child’s parent or guardian.

The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression are central to the aims and goals of ANCA; these require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. For these reasons, ANCA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free CONNECTS experience. ANCA Peer CONNECTS participants violating these standards may be asked to leave, at the discretion of the ANCA Board and meeting organizers.

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