ANCA Peer CONNECTS: Michigan [in-person]

Nov 03 2022


Thursday, November 3, 2022, 9:30am - 3pm

Join your nature center peers for an in-person ANCA Peer CONNECTS meeting at Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) in Midland, Mich. This meeting is for any professional in the nature and environmental learning center community — we welcome both ANCA members and non-members along with professionals from outside Michigan to attend. 

Here 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 CNC, seeing their operations firsthand.

We look forward to gathering again in-person to connect and share ideas!


9:30-10am Registration and Networking
10am Welcome
10:15-11:45am Sessions
11:45am-12:45pm Lunch and Networking
Explore the Visitor Center, optional hikes
12:45-1pm State Policy and New Initiatives Update from Heart of the Lakes
Jonathan Jarosz, Executive Director of Heart of the Lakes, will provide an update on state level policy relevant to conservation and recreation, as well as provide details on a new urban conservation initiative. Heart of the Lakes is the collective voice for Michigan’s land conservancies and continues to build positive connections all sectors of the outdoor industry in Michigan.
1-2:30pm   Sessions
2:30-3pm   Wrap-up, Prize Draw, and Farewell



At this CONNECTS meeting you will be able to choose from an assortment of facilitated 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. You do not have to sign up for these facilitated discussions in advance.

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions



Registration is $40 for ANCA members and $50 for non-members. This includes the cost of a light breakfast snack and a boxed lunch.

Register here

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 .


About Chippewa Nature Center

Chippewa Nature Center is one of the largest private non-profit nature centers in the United States. Through the years, CNC has grown from its original 198 acre parcel and an all-volunteer staff to include over 1,500 acres, 19 miles of trails, 50 staff members, and hundreds of volunteers. Over 70,000 people visit CNC every year, including 1,000 Nature Day Campers and thousands of school children.



Address: 400 S Badour Rd, Midland, MI 48640
Directions on Google Maps



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. 


To attend and participate in an in-person ANCA event, you must:

  • Be fully vaccinated unless eligible for a legal exemption.
    • This rule is mandated by ANCA. Proof of vaccination status is on the honor code and you will be asked to confirm your status when you register for the event.
    • If eligible for a legal exemption, 
      • a negative COVID-19 PCR test result must be obtained within 72 hours of the first day of the event 
      • or a COVID-19 Rapid test result must be obtained within 24 hours of the first day of the event.
    • Although not required, booster doses are recommended. 
  • Masking requirements will be determined by Chippewa Nature Center closer to the date of the event.