American Public Gardens Association (APGA)
The American Public Gardens Association is the leading professional organization for the field of public horticulture. APGA advances the field by encouraging best practices, offering educational and networking opportunities, and advocating on behalf of its members, programs and public gardens worldwide. APGA works together with member organizations and others to strengthen and shape public horticulture, providing the tools and support industry professionals need to better serve the public while preserving and celebrating plants creatively and sustainably.
Since 1940, APGA has been committed to increasing cooperation and awareness among gardens. Members include more than 585 institutions, spanning all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 countries. Members include, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities.
Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA)
The Association of Nature Center Administrators promotes and supports best leadership and management practices for the nature and environmental learning center profession. ANCA’s goals are to maintain an international network for nature and environmental learning center directors and administrators; to promote the identity and professional stature of nature and environmental learning centers as educational facilities; and to provide nature and environmental learning center administrators with products and services that will improve their performance on the job.
The Association of Nature Center Administrators is a private nonprofit organization that was founded in 1989 to create a professional association solely of and for leaders in the nature center profession-directors, managers, senior administrators, and Board members. It is the only such organization in the U.S.
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
The mission of The American Alliance of Museums is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. The American Alliance of Museums (formerly the American Association of Museums) is the one organization that supports all museums. Through advocacy and excellence, the Alliance strengthens the museum community. AAM support 30,000 museums, individuals and companies by developing standards and best practices; providing resources and career development; and advocating for museums to thrive.