Virtual Program Exchange

Have you ever thought about exploring the different environments of North America? With the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) Virtual Program Exchange, you can learn about the waters of the Pacific Coast, the birds of the eastern deciduous forest, the plants of the Great Plains, and so much more!

As part of this Exchange, nature and environmental learning centers throughout the continent invite you to join their virtual programs — see the calendar below to find a program that's right for you. Whether you're an adult or child in need of remote learning opportunities, there's plenty of nature to discover.

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Mar 03 2021 - Mar 09 2021

Poplar Island: An International Model of Innovative Reuse

Date Wednesday, Mar 03 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4:30pm PT  /  5:30pm MT  /  6:30pm CT  /  7:30pm ET
Host Organization:  Irvine Nature Center — Owings Mills, MD
Price:  $20 (or less if you register for multiple events in Irvine's "Eat, Drink & Learn" series)

Poplar Island is an environmental restoration project located in the Chesapeake Bay in Talbot County, Maryland. The beneficial use project, started in the 1990’s, relies on dredged material collected from the approach channels to the Baltimore Harbor to restore lost remote island habitat...

Winter Tree ID

Thursday, Mar 04 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  5pm PT  /  6pm MT  /  7pm CT  /  8pm ET
Host Organization:  Beaver Creek Reserve — Fall Creek, WI
Price:  Free

Are you interested in learning to identify trees in the winter? Leaves, of course, are one of the biggest clues for tree and shrub identification - so what do you do when there are no leaves? This one hour program will point out unique bud, twig, branching, and bark characteristics of nearly 30 native hardwood trees, making identification possible even in winter. Join in for a...

Beginners Guide to Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, Mar 06 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10pm ET
Host Organization:  Indian Creek Nature Center — Cedar Rapids, IA
Price:  $5

Diane will present information and ideas for the beginning gardener who wants to grow and produce and isn’t quite sure how to start. Included will be a discussion about site selection, soil amendment, containers and raised beds, planting schedules and proper care for plants as they grow and produce. This class will be held via Zoom from the comfort of your home. Register online...

Organic Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, Mar 06 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  8am PT  /  9am MT  /  10am CT  /  11am ET
Host Organization:  Indian Creek Nature Center — Cedar Rapids, IA
Price:  $5

In this session, Linn County Master Gardener, Phil Pfister will discuss approved and proven organic gardening techniques and practices to help you achieve a productive vegetable garden without using harmful chemicals and spending a lot of time. This class will be held via Zoom from the comfort of your home. Register online and a link to the class will be emailed to you the day before...

Herbs for Butterflies

Saturday, Mar 06 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  9am PT  /  10am MT  /  11am CT  /  12pm ET
Host Organization:  Indian Creek Nature Center — Cedar Rapids, IA
Price:  $5

Judy will match herbs to butterflies in our area. She will share a couple of projects that are easy to make and will also provide herbal treats. This class will be held via Zoom from the comfort of your home. Register online and a link to the class will be emailed to you the day before the class. This class will meet online via Zoom. Our instructor will email the Zoom link to...

Nature Study Series — Lives of Birds

Tuesday, Mar 09 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  3:30m PT  /  4:30pm MT  /  5:30pm CT  /  6:30pm ET
Host Organization:  The Wilderness Center — Wilmot, OH
Price:  $10 each or $45 for the series

“… identification of birds is simply the alphabet to the real study, the alphabet by means of which we may spell out the life habits of the bird.” — Anna Botsford Comstock, (1854-1930)

Join us in your living room as we spell out the lives of birds during this 6-part series. We’ll look at how birds find mates, raise young, migrate, and adapt to their...

How Wise Are You About Owls?

Tuesday, Mar 09 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  5pm PT  /  6pm MT  /  7pm CT  /  8pm ET
Host Organization:  Beaver Creek Reserve — Fall Creek, WI
Price:  Free

Zoom on in and virtually join Beaver Creek Reserve Naturalist, Ruth Forsgren, as she explores these fascinating nocturnal hunters. Find out how much you actually know about these raptors, learn about which owls can be found here in Wisconsin and get a chance to virtually meet Luna, Beaver Creek’s resident educational ambassador owl. Registered participants will be emailed a link the day prior...

Mornings at the Feeder

Tuesday, Mar 09 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization:  Beaver Creek Reserve — Fall Creek, WI
Price:  Free

Come spend the morning with Beaver Creek Reserve and learn about birds that are visiting the feeder. This monthly talk will highlight a handful of common birds you are likely to see in your own backyard. There may be a few surprise visitors thrown in! So, come and join us at the feeders. Registration required by Monday, March 8th, 2021. Register here.

Indoor Garden Basics: Orchids

Tuesday, Mar 09 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization:  Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation— Charlotte, NC
Price:  Free

Orchids are a favorite house plant that have a reputation for being tricky to take care of. Discover what makes orchids amazingly different from most other indoor plants and how EASY orchids can be to take care of. Grab a seat on your couch and relax! This one-hour program will be on Zoom. Ages 18+. Register here.

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Trivia Tuesday

Tuesday, Mar 09 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  6pm PT  /  7pm MT  /  8pm CT  /  9pm ET
Host Organization:  Pajarito Environmental Education Center — Los Alamos, NM
Price:  Pay what you can

Test your nature knowledge at virtual Trivia Tuesday night with PEEC! March's theme will be animals. Explore wildlife in Northern New Mexico and from around the globe in this fun, interactive game. Challenge friends old and new and complete for prizes! All ages. Learn more here.

FYI Naturalist: Early Spring Wildflowers (Virtual)

Tuesday, Mar 09 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization:  Warner Park Nature Center — Nashville, TN
Price:  Free

Age level: Adults, 13+ Online registration is open As spring approaches, native wildflowers transform the forest floor's color palate from browns to vivid purple, pink, yellow and pristine white. We'll explore the natural history of early spring blooms seen at Warner Park. Leader: Rebecca Dandekar. Register here.

Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop

Tuesday, Mar 09 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  6:30am PT  /  7:30am MT  /  8:30am CT  /  9:30am ET
Host Organization:  Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center— Naples, FL
Price:  $55

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, this camera online workshop is for you. The class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. Register at 

Birds & Coffee Chat

Wednesday, Mar 10 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization: W.K.Kellogg Bird Sanctuary — Hickory Corners, MI
Price: Free

Grab your morning beverage and join us to learn more about 5 bird species! Each session we’ll highlight birds that you can find in SW Michigan backyards, woods and waters. Zoom in and participate by sharing your recent bird sightings and asking questions! Learn more and register here.

Blue Legacy: The Recent History of Glaciers in the North Cascades

Wednesday, Mar 10 2021
Virtual Program Exchange

Time:  4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization:  
North Cascades Institute — Sedro Woolley, WA
Price: 
$30

What do you do if you are a young Midwestern college graduate holding a degree in geology and a yearning for adventure, wilderness and outdoor work in the West? “You go to where the action is,” says Jon Riedel, and for him, that meant the North Cascades. Fresh out of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Riedel landed in the upper Skagit Valley first as a Student Conservation...

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