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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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Douglas Horvath

Five Rivers MetroParks
Naturalist
Dayton Ohio Region
Presentation; "Accepting Louv's Challenge! Make Your Local Schools-Your Community-The Best in the Nation in Connecting Kids-Nature!" As a young child I had the good fortune to have parents that brought us camping, canoeing and sailing on many family outings around Huston Woods and Hocking Hills Ohio State Parks and to areas around Lake Michigan. Our family lived along the Wolf Creek near Brookville Ohio where I had woodlands, vegetable and flower gardens and a creek to play in while also Boy Scouts, friends and siblings all contributed to my sense of place and adventure. I’ve had a career connecting with others and the natural areas around us and I want to ensure others have opportunities to get the benefits of nature play as I have enjoyed. I have been sharing nature with children and adults for 38 years as a camp counselor, camp director, and naturalist through work with various organizations including the YMCA, National Audubon Society and Five Rivers MetroParks. With a BA/BS in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a MA in Zoology from Miami University, I am currently working for Five Rivers MetroParks since 1999. My interest include adventuring with my wife, Ann and my three children, playing music, keeping bees, growing gardens and goofing off with friends.
I have the good fortune to Chair the Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Collaborative where we have just completed our 6th Annual MVLNCI Summit on March 11, 2017 and have launched an Award Certification directed towards places of worship, schools, libraries, parks etc. which encourages these important child centered aspects of our community to enable the Ohio Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. see http://bit.ly/MVLNCI
Tuesday, April 18
 

5:30pm

7:00pm

 
Wednesday, April 19
 

8:00am

10:00am

12:00pm

1:00pm

3:45pm

4:15pm

7:30pm

 
Thursday, April 20
 

8:15am

9:45am

11:00am

11:15am

2:45pm

4:00pm

4:15pm

5:00pm

 
Friday, April 21
 

8:15am

9:15am

9:45am

12:00pm