Tourism Cedar Rapids Press Release

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Association of Nature Center Administrators Select Cedar Rapids for 2020 Summit

The Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) has selected Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids as the location for their 2020 ANCA Heartland Summit.

The annual event will be held September 15-19, 2020.

The ANCA Summit provides an opportunity for nature and environmental learning center administrators to connect, share best practices and learn from each other.

“We are proud to host the Association of Nature Center Administrators in one of the most sustainable buildings in the Midwest, our Amazing Space,” said Indian Creek Nature Center Executive Director John Myers. “To be chosen as the host for the next summit shows Indian Creek Nature Center is among the top in the nation. It’s a great opportunity to show the nation this exceptional resource that exists in Eastern Iowa.”

The Cedar Rapids Tourism Office estimates 200 attendees will spend more than $200,000 at local businesses while in the area. 

“Hosting this national event is a big win for Cedar Rapids,” said Michael Silva, Executive Director for VenuWorks of Cedar Rapids L.L.C. “We are lucky to have an outstanding nature center in our community and we appreciate the partnership with them to bring this event to Cedar Rapids.”

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About the Cedar Rapids Tourism Office
The Cedar Rapids Tourism Office, managed by VenuWorks of Cedar Rapids, markets the Cedar Rapids area as a destination for tourism, conventions, meetings, sports events and special events through the active solicitation of tournament directors, convention and meeting planners, and through engagement with leisure travelers.  The Tourism Office attracts events to the Cedar Rapids area that will continue to be the economic driver for hotels, restaurants and local businesses.

About Indian Creek Nature Center
Located in Cedar Rapids, Indian Creek Nature Center is Iowa’s first and only privately owned and operated non-profit nature center. With nearly 500 acres of land under its management, the Nature Center hosts thousands of visitors each year for nature-based programs and activities. The mission of the Indian Creek Nature Center is to promote a sustainable future by nurturing individuals through environmental education, providing leadership in land protection and restoration and encouraging responsible interaction with nature.