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ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS

Rooted in Experience. Reaching for Excellence.

aka ANCA   |   Logan, UT   |  www.natctr.org

Mission

The Association of Nature Center Administrators promotes and supports best leadership and management practices for the nature and environmental learning center profession.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Jen Levy

Main address

PO Box 464

Logan, UT 84323 USA

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EIN

31-1416058

NTEE code info

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Leaders of nature and environmental learning centers are in unique positions to make large impacts on modern sustainability through their contributions to conservation and environmental education in local and global communities. Yet, these leaders face geographic isolation from professional peers and therefore isolation from best practices and trends emerging in the field.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Professional Development Events

ANCA provides virtual and in-person programs throughout the year that bring nature center leaders together to share their experiences and expertise.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ANCA offers a Peer Consult Program to nature and environmental learning center leaders in need of expert advise on specific issues at their centers. ANCA coordinates a trip to the requesting center for 3-5 experienced leaders who conduct a extensive investigation of the issue and offer a plan for the way forward.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ANCA matches new nature and environmental learning center leaders with veteran leaders to ensure that expertise is passed down in the field.

Population(s) Served
Adults

ANCA produces a biannual journal that explores trends in our profession, current resources for managers, or stories of strong organizational leadership

Population(s) Served
Adults

ANCA cultivates and maintains several digital networks that allow nature center leaders to ask questions of their professional peers and get quick feedback.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ANCA serves nature and environmental learning center professionals who do the vital work of connecting communities to nature.

Number of Peer Consults provided.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ANCA Peer Consults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not conduct any in-person Peer Consults in 2021.

Number of Professional Development event attendees.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Professional Development Events

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020 and 2021 we offered free virtual programming in response to the pandemic, which increased numbers for those years. In 2022 we implemented a nominal fee for virtual programs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ANCA aims to bring nature education leaders together, face-to-face and digitally, so that best practices can be researched and shared.

To support connection in the nature and environmental learning center field ANCA has developed several programs. Our membership program offers nature center leaders connection to their peers' expertise and experience through a sharing forum for important resources and questions on our website, a quarterly member journal, and our mentor program where new leaders are connected with veterans in the field. Our professional development events program supports one annual summit and several smaller region meetings each year where nature center leaders come together face-to-face and share trends emerging at their centers as well as develop best practices with their peers to address them. Our peer consult program provides nature center leaders facing a particular issue at their center with a lifeline of 3-5 nature center veterans who travel to the center, conduct intensive interviewing, and provide a plan of action to address the issue.

ANCA has three full-time staff members as well as a very active thirteen member Board of Directors who work diligently to develop and maintain ANCA's programs.

Currently, ANCA serves 670 leaders of 350 nature and environmental learning centers. We have hosted Annual Summits and Peer Meetings throughout the U.S. since 1995. In 2020, we introduced ANCA CONNECTS to connect our members virtually. We have conducted over 100 Peer Consults. Most importantly, our members consistently attest to the fact that they have found a valuable professional development resource in ANCA's network!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristin Smith

Water Resources Education Center

Term: 2023 - 2025

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.