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ANCA Peer CONNECTS: Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach

Friday, March 24
Environmental Learning Center — Vero Beach, FL.
Check-in starts at 10:00 am. Welcome at 11:00 am

We invite you to join your nature center peers for an in-person ANCA Peer CONNECTS meeting at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach, Florida, on Friday, March 24th. This meeting is for any professional in our 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, too, you will have the opportunity to visit and explore the Environmental Learning Center, seeing their operations firsthand.

Participants will be able to choose from an assortment of open-space discussions, sessions where all participants contribute to the conversation. Facilitators guide the dialogue but do not give a formal presentation. 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.

Registration closes March 20.

ANCA Peer 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.

In ANCA Peer 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

The ANCA Peer CONNECTS Registration includes the cost of a boxed lunch. This form offers payment with a Credit Card or Paypal. 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
Morning Activity (Optional)
Choose one activity to start your day at ELC. All activities are 9-10:30am at no additional cost. Each activity is limited to 16 people.

  • Pelican Island Pontoon Tour — Enjoy an eco-tour on the Indian River Lagoon to view the many birds and other wildlife as we view our nation's first wildlife refuge.
  • Kayaking — Come explore the waters and kayak trails through the mangrove forests surrounding the ELC's lagoon island campus.
  • Ethnobotany Walk — Gain a different perspective on Florida's coastal environment and learn to identify wild edible plants on this guided tour.
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Participant Waiver

COVID Policies ANCA’s priority in all meetings and events is the safety and welfare of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and team. Therefore, ANCA will implement and follow all current recommendations and requirements related to COVID-19 from the CDC, State, and Local health departments. In addition, ANCA continuously monitors the science around COVID-19 and its variants and updates plans and protocols as needed.

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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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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