ANROSP 2020 National Conference

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 conference is also ideal for those interested in networking with established program leaders and learning valuable tools to develop similar programming.

Conference Theme - Join us on our "Virtual Roadtrip". We'll caravan to several main attractions to discuss current events and how ANROSP programs can best support each other. During our journey we'll visit scenic overlooks to view the beautiful landscapes conserved by our member programs and enjoy some fun car games to network and engage with each other.

REGISTER now (registration is closed; hope to see you in 2021)

There will be a small registration “toll” of only $45 to join this year’s conference. Registrants will have access to participate in the full "live" online conference (12 hours, including 4 workshops). The live conference will only be accessible to current ANROSP members (individuals must be linked to a current member program bundle). There are 5 slots available per bundle; contact your local program to inquire if they have any available slots. Non-members can register for access to a recorded version of the conference.

Agenda “Road Map”

The conference will take place over 3 days (Sept 22-24) with 4 hours each day (1pm-5pm Eastern Daylight Time). We will take the journey together “live” online using video conference technology (e.g., Zoom); all participants will need a computer with reliable internet connection and video/audio capacity.  Member attendees are encouraged to participate in all sessions if possible; and there will be an option for non-members to register for select sessions. Here’s what to look forward to:

  • Roadtrip Rendezvous – Let’s warm up our engines as we come together for the annual member meeting, including reports from the board of directors and Q&A from members. Non-members are also invited to attend, observe, and ask questions. The Rendezvous will also include a keynote speaker and presentation of our annual awards.
  • Main Attractions – These interactive workshops are being organized by the ANROSP Board of Directors with the goal to support member programs and ANROSP as a unifying organization. Topics include: 1) Assessing the needs of ANROSP member programs, 2) Diversity and inclusion in natural resource and stewardship programs, 3) Adapting to new delivery techniques, and 4) Potential for multi-state collaborations.
  • Scenic Overlooks – We’ll pull over to take in the sights at different locations around the country as we watch educational and entertaining videos submitted by member programs highlighting the ecosystems they help conserve and showcasing their program’s accomplishments. Videos will be pre-recorded, and shown “live” online during the conference, each followed by Q&A with the program representatives. Scenic overlooks will occur throughout the program each day.
  • Networking – A valued highlight of ANROSP national conferences is the opportunity to network with colleagues. The start and end of each day will include some entertaining “car games” to help us get energized and engaged with each other. Workshops will also include small group breakouts and interactive discussions.

Itinerary: (Click to download draft of detailed timeline)

4 hours each day (1pm-5pm Eastern Daylight Time)


  • Roadtrip Rendezvous: Welcome, Keynote speaker, Awards Presentations, Annual Member Meeting
  • Workshop:  “Let’s stop for directions – Assessing needs of ANROSP members"


  • Workshop: “Is everybody in the car? Downshifting to ensure an inclusive program”
  • Workshop: “Buckle-up for an online ride! MN Programs share their mixed tape of the Waze we’re adapting to 2020 and beyond


  • Workshop: “Connected by the Interstate – potential for strategic collaborations to connect and benefit ANROSP programs" (e.g., volunteer management systems and climate stewardship)
  • Scenic Overlook videos (videos submitted by member programs will be shown throughout each day, today we'll have extra scenic drive time)
  • Unpacking the car: debrief outcomes from conference workshops and final farewell

Conference Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers & activities to provide support each day of the conference.

There are 3 support crew roles:

1) Pace Car: Overall timekeeper for the day, introduce and transition between each activity, moderate Q&A when needed.  This person should be able to fill in in a pinch with a story, activity, or icebreaker.

2) Crowd Control: Monitor chat, close open mics, ensure recording is on, record attendance at each session, and if needed remove an attendee.

3) Mechanic: Moderate who can screen-share, share screen and computer audio for videos, and paste video links in chat.

Zoom "interactives":

To help us keep things lively and fill in any gaps, we are soliciting your best quick Zoom activities or interactives. If you have a short 5 minute activity or icebreaker, let us know and we'll try to plug them into the three days as time permits.

Contact Greg Ira ( if you are interested in volunteering or have an activity to share.


Each year at our National Conference, ANROSP member programs are recognized with awards for program, educational materials, volunteer project, program evaluation, and outstanding teamwork. Members are encouraged to nominate themselves, their program, group or volunteers for these annual awards. Nominations are now CLOSED for 2020 Awards. The winners will be announced at the conference and invited to deliver a brief presentation describing their achievements. For additional information and/or to apply contact

Nomination guidelines for the five ANROSP award categories below:

Program of the Year

Outstanding Educational Materials

Outstanding Volunteer Project

Outstanding Program Evaluation

Outstanding Team

Call for video abstracts   (submissions closed; check back in 2021)

Member Programs: submit a scenic overlook VIDEO!

Member programs are encouraged to create a scenic overlook video highlighting the ecosystems you help conserve and showcasing your program’s accomplishments. Videos must be pre-recorded and submitted in advance. Videos will be shown “live” online during the conference, followed by Q&A with the program representatives.  This will be an excellent opportunity to share your program accomplishments and participate in the conference.

Consider compiling multiple short videos from numerous volunteers/training partners. Here is one example of video compilation guidelines. This is a great time to enlist your most creative volunteers and charismatic instructors! 

Goals of the video

  • We encourage you to create a FUN, INTERESTING, and EDUCATIONAL video! Show us some interesting ecosystems, plants, animals, geologic, or historical features in your region. What would other “naturalists” across the country want to learn about at your location? When your nature-loving friends came to visit, where would you take them?
  • Be CREATIVE and RESOURCEFUL; recruit some charismatic and energetic “hosts” to guide us on a tour. Keep it natural - outdoor, interactive, unscripted, and live-action videos are preferred; narrated PowerPoint slides can be utilized strategically, and it is OK to clip together a “slide-show” of high-quality photo images, or multiple videos from different volunteers around your state.
  • PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS should be included throughout the video; for example, what are the goals of your program, how does it operates (e.g., volunteers, chapters, training partners), when did it start, what are some successful accomplishments, some highlights that other ANROSP member programs might find interesting?
  • NOTE: It is absolutely OK to use some existing video clips, but this should not be solely an existing ‘promo' or 'recruitment' video for your program; remember the audience (other ANROSP programs).


  • 1 video submission per ANROSP member program; all programs are encouraged to submit (it would be wonderful to see your state's most unique “habitats”). 
  • 2-3 minutes per "quick stop" video; 5-15 minutes for full-length scenic overlook.
  • Q&A will take place live online during the conference
  • At least 1 representative from the program should plan to be in a “attendance” during the Scenic Overlook session in which the video will be shown.
  • Can’t attend the conference? Your program is still invited to submit a video!
  • Submit a "quick stop"  Video ABSTRACT. Abstracts will be approved on a space available basis; submit your abstract ASAP to be considered. Submitters will be notified of acceptance and approved amount of time after your abstract is reviewed.

Creating Your Video

  • Please use one of the following digital video formats: MP4, MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEG PS, FLV, 3GPP and WebM (videos will be uploaded to YouTube).
  • "Quick Stop" videos are limited to 100 MB or less
  • If using music, please use public domain music, as to not infringe on anyone’s copyrights, or get permission from the artist and note that at the end of your video (if using your own original music, please share that info either at the end or the beginning of your workshop video).
  • Clearly introduce your program and location at the beginning of the video.
  • Review your video before submitting it. Check the audio to make sure there isn’t a “windy” microphone and the speakers can be heard. Also, make sure the image is clear without sun glare, excessive shadows, or shaky hands.
  • Remember the purpose is to provide professional learning for a diverse group. Please be inclusive in your language. Please be mindful of what may be in the background of your video as well and make sure you are presenting ANROSP, yourself, your program, and your community in a positive light.

Submitting Your Video

  • All programs which complete the “Intent to Submit” above will be provided with a link to submit their video online.
  • Deadline to upload your video is Wednesday, September 16th, 2020, earlier uploads are encouraged.
  • If >1 video is submitted per program, it will be considered on a space-available basis (may be made available to conference participants to view outside of the designated agenda).
  • By submitting your video, you are giving ANROSP permission to use it for this conference as well as use in the future for the needs of the organization. ANROSP reserves the right to not use submitted videos if they do not align with our organization’s mission.

Please use the above as a guide when creating your scenic overlook video. If you have any questions and if you have any tips to share please feel free to contact

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


Click on the recipient's name to learn more about the 2020 award winners.  Plan to nominate yourself or a colleague for a 2021 Award! Scroll down for nomination instructions.

Program of the Year Award:

Outstanding Educational Materials:

Nature Stewards Program, Victoria



Program of the Year:
Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Team:

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Volunteer Project:

Maryland Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Educational Materials:

Minnesota Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Evaluation:

Florida Master Naturalist Program

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