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ANCA CONNECTS: Trout Lake Nature Center

Friday, December 1
Trout Lake Nature Center, Eustis, FL.
11:00am-3pm (optional activities 9:00am-11:00am)

We invite you to join your nature center peers for an in-person ANCA CONNECTS meeting at Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis, FL, on Friday, December 1. This meeting is for any professional in the nature center and environmental learning center community — we welcome both ANCA members and non-members along with professionals from outside Florida to attend. 

At this CONNECTS meeting, you can learn in-depth about the operations of nature centers and related organizations, and engage with peers who understand the challenges you face. Beyond programs, you will have the opportunity to visit and explore Trout Lake Nature Center, seeing their operations firsthand.

Participants will be able to choose from an assortment of Open Space Discussions, where all participants contribute to the conversation. Participants are invited to introduce topics and facilitate the discussions. These discussions are an excellent opportunity to share with your peers, learn new ideas, discuss trends in the profession, and work together to find solutions. Use this page to suggest a discussion topic in advance. 

Along with these discussions, before or after the meeting, attendees can hike or have unscheduled time to network or tour on their own.

Registration closes on November 24. 

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


The ANCA CONNECTS Registration includes the cost of a snack and a boxed lunch. This form offers payment with a credit card, Paypal, or bank transfer. If you are unable to pay after you click Submit, we will send you an invoice.

If you have multiple staff attending and would like one invoice, please email Dan at

If you have any questions or topics you would like to discuss with your peers at this meeting, please share those here.


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Health and Safety Disclaimer: ANCA’s priority in all meetings and events is the safety and welfare of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and team. We ask all attendees to be respectful of the well-being of others. If you are experiencing any cold or flu symptoms or have tested positive for, or suspect you have, COVID-19, please stay at home and DO NOT attend the event. By participating in the event, you acknowledge the health risks associated with a large in-person event.

ANCA strongly recommends that all participants who are eligible are up to date on COVID Vaccinations. If you are traveling to an ANCA event on public transportation (including trains and planes) wearing a facemask is highly recommended during travel. If you are experiencing COVID symptoms or have received a positive diagnosis within 5 days preceding, please stay home. Any National, State or Local regulation issued, including an event host site regulation, that supersedes these recommendations will automatically be in effect.

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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 CONNECTS participants violating these standards may be asked to leave, at the discretion of the ANCA Board and meeting organizers.

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