Virtual Program Exchange

Have you ever thought about exploring the different environments of North America? With the 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 North America 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.

 

Nov 26 2020 - Dec 25 2020

Mountain Photography Composition Online

Date Dec 02 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 6pm PT  /  7pm MT  /  8pm CT  /  9pm ET
Host Organization: North Cascades Institute — WA
Price: $20

Join Seattle-based outdoor photographer Scott Kranz for an online slideshow and discussion of tools and techniques for approaching and composing mountain landscape photography. Learn about location and trip planning, understanding and working with light, and composition principles that will help you create more captivating images to convey your story. Register here.


Breaking the Fourth Wall: A Talk by the Nation’s Only African-American Waterkeeper

Dec 03 2020
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

The fourth wall is a theatrical performance convention in which an invisible, imagined wall separates actors from the audience. This is often how conservation movements function too. They engage people of like mind and shared world view, but often struggle to connect with people outside of their circles. So, how do we make bigger, more inclusive and more effective circles?...

Sense of Place Reading Group

Dec 03 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization: Severson Dells Nature Center — Rockford, IL
Price: Free (donations accepted)

Join Jessie Crow Mermel for a virtual gathering to discuss some of the leading environmental writings of the day that can help us navigate these uncertain times. What lessons from nature can we hold dear while we are sheltering in place? This group was designed to help us feel connected as a community and to the earth during this time. Reading selections will...

Wildlife Photographer Frank Marsden

Dec 03 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization: Howard County Conservancy — Woodstock, MD
Price: Free, donations appreciated

Wildlife photographer and naturalist Frank Marsden is a “wildlife whisperer” who has uncanny skill at getting close to wildlife. Every morning, usually at sunrise, he is out “sauntering” the meadows and woodlands and river edges in Harford County. Camera in hand, Frank captures images of animal life as they go about their natural behaviors, making their...

FYI Naturalist: Living Sustainably with Creative Reuse

Dec 08 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

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

Learn about Turnip Green Creative Reuse’s mission to keep reusable goods out of the landfill and how you can creatively re-use items yourself; then watch a demonstration of a seasonal craft made from reusable materials that you can make at home. Register here. This program will be presented electronically using Zoom.

Age level: Adults, 13 and up

Presenter: Leah Sherry, Executive...

Sense of Place Reading Group

Dec 10 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization: Severson Dells Nature Center — Rockford, IL
Price: Free (donations accepted)

Join Jessie Crow Mermel for a virtual gathering to discuss some of the leading environmental writings of the day that can help us navigate these uncertain times. What lessons from nature can we hold dear while we are sheltering in place? This group was designed to help us feel connected as a community and to the earth during this time. Reading selections will...

The Secret Life of Crows

Dec 10 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 4pm PT  /  5pm MT  /  6pm CT  /  7pm ET
Host Organization: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center — Houston, TX
Price: $10 Arboretum Members / $25 Nonmembers

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, crows are fascinating birds. Everyone has a crow story. Are crows dark, menacing pests, or are they smart, friendly tricksters? The answer is always somewhere in between. Join us for an exploration of the secret life of crows, from the deepest reaches of ancient mythology to the most modern scientific studies. We’ll learn...

Starry Night

Dec 12 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 5pm PT  /  6pm MT  /  7pm CT  /  8pm ET
Host Organization: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center — Houston, TX
Price: $10 and up

Celebrate the winter sky with this fun, virtual family event! Cozy up under a blanket and listen as we share some of the fascinating stories behind the constellations and answer your questions about space. This family-friendly program is intended for ages 5 and up. Learn more here.

Sense of Place Reading Group

Dec 17 2020
Virtual Program Exchange

Time: 7am PT  /  8am MT  /  9am CT  /  10am ET
Host Organization: Severson Dells Nature Center — Rockford, IL
Price: Free (donations accepted)

Join Jessie Crow Mermel for a virtual gathering to discuss some of the leading environmental writings of the day that can help us navigate these uncertain times. What lessons from nature can we hold dear while we are sheltering in place? This group was designed to help us feel connected as a community and to the earth during this time. Reading selections will...