ANCA Residential Environmental Learning Center Conference (RELC) 2017

ANCA Residential Environmental Learning Center Conference (RELC) 2017
Program Series Conferences & Retreats
When Jan 06, 2017 03:00 PM to Jan 10, 2017 02:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Single Accommodations $650.00
Double Accommodations $400.00
Triple Accommodations $325.00
Quadruple Accommodations $325.00
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North Cascades Institute is honored to host the Association of Nature Center Administrators’ biannual gathering of administrators (directors and coordinators) and those with an interest in residential environmental education programs at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in Washington State. This gathering of professionals in the heart of North Cascades National Park seeks to advance the residential environmental education movement through the sharing of current ideas, concerns, solutions and insights.

The RELC Conference uses Open Space Technology and the program agenda is determined by the conference attendees. Please note that Open Space Technology requires participants prepare in advance for the meeting. We ask that all attendees spend time before arriving to the conference to think through agenda topics that they feel would be most relevant and meaningful to themselves and the group.


The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center is a LEED Silver-Certified facility completed in July 2005 located three hours from Seattle. Operated in partnership with the National Park Service and City of Seattle, the Environmental Learning Center is a hub of discovery in one of the wildest, most biologically diverse landscapes in North America. People of all ages come to explore, learn and participate in innovative programs that inspire and enrich their lives. More information at

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The North Cascades Institute is an award-winning conservation education nonprofit organization with the mission to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education. Since 1986 the Institute has helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. As operator of the Environmental Learning Center, the Institute works with community partners throughout the region to design, fund and implement programs that help people experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest – so all will care for and protect this special place we call home.

Guests to the Learning Center will stay in dorm-style bunkhouses, with common living rooms and bathrooms. All meals are included and served in our dining hall, which uses over 70% local and organic food. Our kitchen staff is responsive to diet restrictions and preferences. The campus offers groups wireless internet, a range of meeting spaces and resources and nearby recreation opportunities.

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notes on lodging options:

* single and double accommodations are private rooms off-site with a single queen bed and shared gender specific bathrooms. This bunkhouse is located in Newhalem (15 minutes from the Learning Center by car) and will require private transportation.

** Triple/quadruple accommodations are on site in our lodge rooms. Each room has two bunk beds (4 beds total) with shared gender specific bathrooms.

Shuttles and Transportation:

Many conference participants will rent a car and/or carpool to reach the Learning Center. In order to facilitate your travel, we are also offering shuttles from Burlington, WA to the Learning Center driven by Institute staff. Participants may use the Bellair Airporter shuttle to get from the airport to Burlington (1.5 hrs). Please allow about 30 minutes from the time your plane lands to the scheduled shuttle departure.The day we begin the conference, a shuttle will pickup from Burlington at 12pm and again at 4pm. The return shuttle will be leaving the ELC at 1pm to arrive in Burlington at 3pm. Please or call to confirm with the Institute if you would like to use our shuttle service.

ABOUT THE Association of Nature Center Administrators:

The Association of Nature Center Administrators promotes and supports best leadership and management practices for the nature and environmental learning center profession. The people who run nature and environmental learning centers began getting together two decades ago to share ideas, experiences, and hard-won professional wisdom. Those early conversations soon became the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA). ANCA is now an international network of nature and environmental learning center leaders designed to enhance professionalism and provide the support system critical to innovative and progressive management.

The goals of ANCA are 1) To maintain an international network for nature and environmental learning center directors and administrators 2) To promote the identity and professional stature of nature and environmental learning centers as educational facilities 3) To provide nature and environmental learning center administrators with products and services that will improve their performance on the job.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

TO REGISTER, please choose one of the following options:
  • Click button above to register online
  • Call (360) 854-2599 with your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card ready
  • Download and mail a registration form with your credit card information or personal check

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