Michigan Region

The Michigan Region is in the heart of the Great Lakes and is home to a diversity of nature centers, parks, science centers, land trusts, and other organizations dedicated to connecting people of all ages and ability levels to nature. Through the years there have been various attempts within Michigan to gather these groups together to exchange ideas, visit new sites, and build a solid networking group within the state. The Michigan ANCA Region does just that! Over the last few years we have held meetings at Chippewa Nature Center, Grass River Natural Area, For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, Howell Nature Center, Dahlem Center, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Blandford Nature Center. Topics covered include: field guide publication, nature preschools, invasive exotic plant control methods, the many facets of partnerships and collaborations, managing small, rural Non-Profit Nature Centers, volunteer management, along with site tours and ample time to build relationships. If you are looking for a great way to get to know other professionals in the field consider attending one the Michigan ANCA Region meetings.

Average # of Yearly Meetings: 2

Average # of Participants: 50

Region Contact: Dennis Pilaske, Executive Director, Chippewa Nature Center, 400 S. Badour Rd. Midland, MI 48640; phone 989-631-0830; email 

Next Meeting:

  • 2019: Attend the ANCA endorsed Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Nature Center Summit on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center in Roscommon. This is a day-long workshop is for the Department's partners to learn, ask questions and discuss Michigan’s changing natural resources base. Sessions will cover a variety of Michigan natural resource topics: DNR experts will present the latest science and management strategies for deer (chronic wasting disease) and other wildlife health issues, bear, wolf and cougar updates, forest health issues, invasive species updates, Michigan fisheries, and others. Stay overnight for a fun networking opportunity as well! Recognizing your impact and reach, we want to help you piece together the best information possible about important conservation topics that we all share interest and passion. More information, agenda and registration information is available here. Endorsed by the ANCA Michigan Region, Great Lakes Region 4 NAI, and MAEOE! Contact Jon Spieles at  for more information.

Past Meetings:

  • 2018: The Kalamazoo Nature Center in Kalamazoo, MI hosted an ANCA Region Meeting on Oct. 12th. Dr. Dorceta Taylor, professor and director of diversity, equity and inclusion for the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and the author of "Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection: Social Inequality and the Rise of the American Conservation Movement," presented and hosted a workshop.
  • 2018: Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, MI hosted an ANCA Region Meeting May 11th entitled, Our Common Ground. This meeting showcased how Michigan's nature centers and land conservancies are creating a lasting conservation legacy.
  • 2017: The Region met at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum.
  • 2016: The Region met at Howell Nature Center.