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Request for Proposals: Summit Workshops and Facilitated Discussions

ANCA is the only association focused solely on professional development and best practices for administrators of nature centers, outdoor schools, and environmental learning centers. The ANCA Annual Summit brings together 150+ leaders from across North America for training, networking, information sharing, and mentoring; this year's Thrive Outside Summit will be August 1-5 at Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills, Md.

We are looking for proposals for sessions that will serve our audience of nature and environmental learning center administrators including executive directors and managers, land managers, education directors, development directors, and board members.

Summit programming includes Workshops and Facilitated Discussions:

  • Workshops are presentation-based sessions where participants learn in-depth on a single topic and expand their skill set. Workshop presenters should be experienced in the topic and able to effectively communicate the subject material. ANCA Members, Business Partners, and Summit Sponsors are welcome to submit workshop proposals. Workshops can be 90 minutes or (up to) three hours.
  • Facilitated Discussions are conversational sessions where all participants contribute to the discussion; facilitators guide the dialogue but do not give a formal presentation. ANCA Members and Business Partners are welcome to submit a Facilitated Discussion proposal. These sessions are 90 minutes.

The deadline for program proposals is May 23.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your idea, please contact ANCA Membership & Programs Coordinator Daniel Auer at membership@natctr.org. If your proposal is accepted, you will have an additional opportunity to finalize session information after you receive your acceptance notice.

Facilitator and Presenter Requirements

All presenters will be required to register and pay for the Summit as a Participant or a Sponsor Participant.

  • ANCA Members and Business Partners are welcome to submit a Facilitated Discussion Proposal.
  • ANCA Members, Business Partners, and Summit Sponsors are invited to submit Workshop Proposals.

Not an ANCA Member or Business Partner? Learn about ANCA Membership here and Business Partnerships here.

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What type of Summit program are you proposing?
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Facilitator Role

If your topic is selected for a Facilitated Discussion, you will be asked to be the facilitator. If you are new to facilitation, we will work with you to find a co-facilitator to help you manage the session!

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Will you be co-facilitating your session? Please tell us about your co-facilitator. If you have more than one co-facilitator we will collect their name when we confirm your session.

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Please provide the title of your workshop and a short description. If your workshop proposal is accepted you will have additional opportunity to finalize the title and description.

Please list 3-5 specific, clearly-stated learning objectives that address the following questions. 1. What will participants learn from this session? 2. How will this session deepen the learning around the mission of ANCA? 3. What new tools/techniques, knowledge/theories, or new resources/information will participants take away? 4. What core skill will participants gain by attending this session?

Please describe your motivation, personally or professionally, for presenting at the Summit.

Please provide a short biography of the presenter relevant to the workshop topic.
Co-Presenter Info
Will you be co-presenting your workshop? Please tell us about your co-presenter. If you have more than one we will collect their information after we confirm your workshop.

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Summit programming is scheduled in 90-minute blocks. Workshops can be scheduled over one or two blocks.
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