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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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Karen Begley

Surrey Schools
Teacher, Speaker, Facilitator
New Westminster and Mayne Island, BC
Teacher, Speaker, Facilitator. Parent of two young children. About to move from urban centre to rural island in search of a more nature-filled life for my students and family. Starting a Family Nature Club, immersing my teaching further into a place-based pedagogy, actively getting as many people outside as often as I can.

I work with educators of all levels to simplify their practice by aligning it with their values and beliefs about children, childhood, and learning. I am passionate about the rights of children, the power of unstructured play, outdoor education, incorporating families into the school community and learning process, and creating a respectful community and curriculum to empower young learners. I mentor teachers and parents through explorations of inquiry-based learning, purposeful pedagogy and place-based learning.