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ENC Executive Director Bo Glover

ENC Executive Director Bo Glover

John Zavalney

Rick DAmato, Principal, LPA, Inc.

Dan Heinfeld FAIA / LEED AP BD+C, President, LPA, Inc.

Julie Grecian

Mini-workshops allow participants the opportunity to learn about new programs and ideas. These 90-minutes sessions allow for some dialogue among the group. The following is a sampling of mini-workshop topics. Additional information will be added to our website regularly!


The Secret to a Successful Exhibit
Anna Kling, Project Coordinator, Split Rock Studios
Bo Glover, Executive Director, Environmental Nature Center
Friday, August 23, 9 – 10:30AM
Butterfly House

Creating an exhibit is a trip down a winding road of exciting possibilities, perilous pitfalls, and opportunities for jaw-dropping achievements. Anna will explore the elements that make an exhibit engaging, compelling, and timeless. You will discover the secrets to planning, design, interpretive writing, interactive experiences, accessibility and so much more. Whether you have to hire a professional exhibit firm or not, this highly interactive and collaborative seminar is for anyone interested in exhibits and ready to exercise their creativity.  Split Rock Studios designed the interpretive displays in the Environmental Nature Center’s Nature Museum – come learn about the process first hand from the folks who designed the exhibit at the site hosting the Summit!


Climate Crisis & the Role of Nature Centers
John Zavalney, Climate Reality Project
Chris Roth, Climate Reality Project
Friday, August 23, 10:45 – 12:15
climate change handout

Droughts, floods, heat waves, insect outbreaks, wildfires, and sea level rise – we are encountering the reality of our changing climate every day. Join John Zavalny, Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, for the latest presentation developed by Al Gore and the Climate Reality project.  The presentation highlights the extreme weather events of the past couple years and connects their increased frequency and intensity to anthropogenic climate change.  John will lead a discussion on how Nature Centers should address the challenge of educating the public on this topic.  Come ready to share your thoughts!


Managing Leadership Succession
Corky McReynolds, PhD., Director and Professor, Treehaven Campus, College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Gordon T. Maupin, Executive Director, Wilderness Center
Friday, August 23, 3:45 – 5:15PM
Log Area/Outdoor Classroom

Are you planning for retirement of the long-term boss?  SHOULD you be? How have you prepared for or worked through leadership change within your organization? Having a leadership transition plan in place, and communicating strategically, are key to successfully managing leadership succession. Learn how to overcome “Founders Syndrome” and discuss what the former ED should or should not do upon exiting and after. Whether your organization is facing planned succession or you just want to be prepared for an unexpected change in leadership, there are critical steps to creating a plan for success.


Net Zero and The Living Challenge: the next generation of sustainable buildings
Dan Heinfeld, FAIA / LEED AP BD+C, President of LPA, Inc. (& president of the ENC Board) 
Rick D’Amato, AIA Principal, LPA, Inc.
Friday, August 23, 3:45 – 5:15PM
Sycamore Classroom

This workshop will explore and demonstrate the next generation of sustainable building with two case studies: The Environmental Nature Center (net zero) and The ExplorOcean Museum (living challenge) located in Newport Beach, Ca. Both of these projects show the important role that public buildings play in leading the discussion from buildings that are less bad to real sustainable buildings that product all of their energy needs and look to be environmentally restorative. The workshop will illustrate the main differences between LEED and the Living Challenge and the synergies of sustainability and place making.


Volunteers – you got ’em, now what?
Julie Grecian, Assistant Director, Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center
Saturday, August 24, 9 – 10:30AM
Oak Classroom

Learn how a nature center 48 years old with 130+ volunteers got organized in 5 years with planning, paperwork, and evaluation! This mini-workshop will include an overview of our volunteer program, valuable handouts, and a discussion among participants of what does and doesn’t work with volunteers.


The China Perspective
Ms. Dong, Beijing No. 5 Middle School
Helen Qiping, Earth Charter Communities Network
Saturday, August 24, 10:45 – 12:15
Butterfly House

Dong Yan from Beijing No. 5 Middle School will share her experience establishing a nature center and eco club on campus.  She will share her program’s goals and successes, such as their on site composting program, as well as her plans to cultivate community interest in the program.

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