Due to the health crisis, the ANROSP Board of Directors voted to not have the in-person meeting in Indiana in September. While none of us know what will develop in the next few months, or what social distancing guidelines will be in September, an almost bigger concern is the limitation that many of our potential attendees will have regarding travel and funding restrictions from within their organizations. 

In lieu of gathering together in person this fall, the ANROSP Board of Directors and 2020 Conference Committee are now considering alternative options. We are still dedicated to providing an exciting, fun, and worthwhile experience for our annual conference. With this in mind, we have changed our 'call for presentations' to a 'call for suggestions'! Please help us in developing an experience that YOU would benefit from. Submit your ideas below, or contact ANROSP Vice President and Conference Chair, Dr. Shelly Johnson, with comments.

ANROSP 2020 National Conference

September 22-24, 2020 (dates may vary depending on format TBA)

This dynamic conference is for professionals and partner organizations who coordinate, administer, or host training and volunteer programs in natural resource conservation, education, and outreach. This intimate conference is also ideal for those interested in networking with established program leaders and learning valuable tools to develop similar programming.

Conference Theme

This year's conference theme is "Resiliency"; we welcome proposals about adaptation to new challenges in a changing environment. All ideas relevant to professionals who coordinate natural resource service and volunteer programs will be considered.

Conference Planning for 2020

We are seeking ideas from YOU! What format and content would be most helpful and interesting for you and your program in this crazy year of 2020? We won't be meeting in person in September, but that doesn't mean we can't engage and benefit from one another. We have observed a lot of conferences simply moving their "normal conference proceedings" to an online format (which could mean hours of listening to PowerPoint presentations from your computer) and we want to do something better. We would love to hear your suggestions or proposals for interactive, fun, and interesting activities that will help us fulfill the ANROSP mission and support each other.

Call for suggestions - Please share your ideas with us!

Seeking Sponsors

Please consider sponsoring our National Conference. Our attendees include outdoor and environmental educators and volunteers from around the country. Support will allow us to offer scholarships and travel awards to allow more of our members to participate, to allow us to build meaningful connections by underwriting our receptions and networking breaks, and allow us to explore the natural beauty of the state! We’ll demonstrate our appreciation by acknowledging your support on our conference website and outreach and program materials. More information about our sponsorship request and sponsorship levels can be obtained by emailing conference@anrosp.org


Award nominations are now being accepted.

At our Annual National Conference, ANROSP member programs will be recognized with awards for program, educational materials, volunteer project, program evaluation, and outstanding teamwork.  Members are encouraged to nominate yourself, your program, group or volunteers for these annual awards. Who understands your work better than you?  Award applications are due August 15th of each year.  For additional information and/or to apply contact info@anrosp.org.

Application guidelines for the five ANROSP award categories below:

Program of the Year

Outstanding Educational Materials

Outstanding Volunteer Project

Outstanding Program Evaluation

Outstanding Team


Click on the recipient's name to learn more about the 2019 award winners. Then, nominate yourself or a colleague for a 2020 Award! Scroll down for nomination instructions.

Outstanding Educational Materials Award:

Minnesota Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Volunteer Project Award:

Maryland Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Team Award:

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Evaluation Award:

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Program of the Year Award:
Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for nomination instructions and forms.

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