ANCA CONNECTS: Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis, Fl.

Dec 01 2023


Time: 11am-3pm (optional activities 9-11am)

Join us for an enriching day of professional development and networking at Trout Lake Nature Center (TLNC) in Eustis, Fl. 

This CONNECTS program offers you the opportunity to connect with peers while learning about the operations of nature centers, outdoor schools, and related organizations. You’ll also be able to explore Trout Lake Nature Center, seeing their operations firsthand. Optional guided hikes will be available for participants in the morning, before the CONNECTS program begins.

Sessions will use an “Open Space” format where any participant can suggest a discussion topic; this allows you to bring any question where you'd like insights from professional peers. Current topics include:

  • Camp and school programming
  • Site planning
  • Capital campaigns

Learn more about Open Space here. If you have an idea for a discussion topic and/or would like to facilitate a conversation, please email ANCA Membership & Programs Coordinator Daniel Auer at by November 15th.

This program is for any professional at a nature center, outdoor school, or related organization. We welcome both ANCA members and non-members along with professionals from outside Florida to attend.



Registration for this event closed on Friday, November 24.



9-11am Guided Tours of Trout Lake Nature Center (optional)
If you are interested in arriving early and learning more about Trout Lake Nature Center's facilities and programs, TLNC will offer guided tours of the facilities starting at 9am and 10am. The tours will involve a short hike along the trails through the wetland habitats and the opportunity to learn more about the programs and experiences that Trout Lake Nature Center provides every day.
10-11am Check-in and Networking
11-11:15am Welcome
11:15am-12:15pm Site Tour
12:30-1:30pm Lunch and Networking
1:45-2:45pm Open Space Sessions
2:45-3pm Wrap-up and Farewell



About Trout Lake Nature Center

Trout Lake Nature Center is a 230-acre property that includes an Educational Building and Natural History Museum, as well as trails and a boardwalk to an observation/education dock on Trout Lake. Visitors enjoy walking the many trails, seeing the Education Ambassadors (turtles and snakes), and visiting the exhibits. Trails feature educational displays as well several impressive and inspiring oak trees.

A humongous tree with undulating outstretched limbs stands in mowed grass, with a forest behind. The tree’s many limbs are covered with leaves. In the foreground, a green picnic table.
A raised boardwalk curves gently into a tropical-looking forest. Below the boardwalk, the ground is carpeted with leaves. To the right, a wooden-framed sign that includes pictures of various animals and people on the boardwalk.
A boardwalk with rails leads to a dock with a roof; a group of people stands on the boardwalk and the dock. Beyond, a glimpse of the lake’s water. To the sides, green foliage and trees.


Address: 520 East, County Rd 44 / Eustis, FL 32736
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