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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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Featured Speakers

avatar for Jesús Aguirre

Jesús Aguirre

Seattle Parks & Recreation
Superintendent Seattle Parks & Rec
avatar for Kim Moore Bailey

Kim Moore Bailey

Youth Outside
Executive Director
avatar for Angie Chen

Angie Chen

Blue Sky Funders Forum
Director
avatar for Pete Dominick

Pete Dominick

Pete Dominick is a Stand Up Comic, radio host, activist and staunch...
avatar for José González

José González

Latino Outdoors
Executive Director
avatar for The Honourable Judith Guichon

The Honourable Judith Guichon

OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
avatar for Christie Lee Charles

Christie Lee Charles

Musqueam/tsleilwahtuth Nations
avatar for Kelsey Leonard

Kelsey Leonard

Shinnecock Indian Nation
Natural Resources Committee
avatar for Richard Louv

Richard Louv

Children & Nature Network
Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Author, Last Child in the Woods
avatar for Jason  Morris

Jason Morris

Pisces Foundation
Senior Program Officer
avatar for Lauraleigh Paul

Lauraleigh Paul

Stanley Park Ecology Society
First Nations Ecology Programmer
avatar for Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa

Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa

8- 80 Cities
Founder
avatar for Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson

Science World
President & CEO
avatar for Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel

Captain Planet Foundation
Chairperson
avatar for Karen Shelstad

Karen Shelstad

The Lawson Foundation
Program Director
avatar for Chloe Dragon Smith

Chloe Dragon Smith

Canadian Parks Council
Connecting a New Generation with Nature
avatar for Matilda van den Bosch

Matilda van den Bosch

University of British Columbia
Asst Prof, Dept of Forest & Conservation Sciences
avatar for Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker

Come Alive Outside
Executive Director

Speakers

avatar for Joe Akerman

Joe Akerman

Xwaaqw'um Project
Project Lead
avatar for Christine Alden

Christine Alden

Lawson Foundation
Program Director
avatar for Shawna Babcock

Shawna Babcock

Outdoor Play Canada / KidActive
Co-ordinator / Executive Director
ED

Elizabeth D. Baird

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Chief, School and Lifelong Education
avatar for Dr. Lesley Balido-McClellan

Dr. Lesley Balido-McClellan

City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Assistant Director of Research and Innovation
HB

Hartley Banack

Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC
Lecturer
TB

Tim Barrett

Landscape Structures
Regional Sales Manager
avatar for Russel Barsh

Russel Barsh

Kwiaht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea
Exec Director
avatar for Carolyn Bates

Carolyn Bates

Loyola University Chicago
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
avatar for Rick Bates

Rick Bates

Canadian Wildlife Federation
CEO/EVP
avatar for Adriana Becerra

Adriana Becerra

City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Assistant Director
avatar for Cathy Belair

Cathy Belair

Valley Springs Middle School
Teacher
avatar for Adam Bienenstock

Adam Bienenstock

Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds
President
avatar for Mike Bingley

Mike Bingley

Canadian Wildlife Federation
Director of Education (Acting)
avatar for Amy Bohnert

Amy Bohnert

Loyola University Chicago
Associate Professor
avatar for Stephanie Bohr

Stephanie Bohr

Lincoln Park Zoo
Director, Community Innovation and Collaboration
avatar for Cecil van den Bosch

Cecil van den Bosch

University of British Columbia
Professor, Dept of Forest Resource Mgmt
avatar for Jennifer Bristol

Jennifer Bristol

Texas Children in Nature
Director
avatar for Luis Alberto Camargo

Luis Alberto Camargo

OpEPA - Organization for Environmental Education and Protection
Executive Director
GC

Guylaine Chabot

Université du Québec en Outaouais
Professor
avatar for Marc Chamberland

Marc Chamberland

Scouts Canada
Director of Program development
avatar for Cheryl Charles

Cheryl Charles

Children & Nature Network
Consultant & CEO Emerita
avatar for Steve Chase

Steve Chase

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Chief, Division of Education & Outreach
avatar for Jaime Chong

Jaime Chong

Islandwood
Student/Urban Programs Educator
avatar for Stephanie Chong

Stephanie Chong

Vancouver Aquarium
Coordinator, Curriculum Programs
avatar for David Cohen

David Cohen

The Intertwine Alliance
Program Manager
avatar for Rebecca Colbert

Rebecca Colbert

MIG Inc.
Landscape Architect and Researcher
avatar for Cam Collyer

Cam Collyer

EVERGREEN
Executive Director, Programs
avatar for Priya Cook

Priya Cook

Institute for Youth, Education, and Families National League of Cities
Principal Associate, Connecting Children to Nature
avatar for Allen Cooper

Allen Cooper

National Wildlife Federation
Director of Organizational Learning
avatar for Nilda Cosco

Nilda Cosco

Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University
Director of Programs
avatar for Adina Cox

Adina Cox

HumanNatureDesign Consultation
avatar for Heather Davis

Heather Davis

Pediatrician / Public Health Professional
avatar for Maddie Dineen

Maddie Dineen

Huxley College of the Environment
Graduate Student
avatar for Michelle Duncan

Michelle Duncan

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Park Interpretation Leader
avatar for Lorraine Duncumb

Lorraine Duncumb

YMCA Auckland Region
Group Manager ECE
avatar for Steve Dunsmuir

Steve Dunsmuir

School District 64 Gulf Islands
Ecological Educator
avatar for Marlis Eaton

Marlis Eaton

Calgary Parks
Education Supervisor
avatar for Sara Espinoza

Sara Espinoza

National Environmental Education Foundation
Managing Dir. Research & Best Pract.
avatar for Janani Eswar

Janani Eswar

Growing in Nature (GRIN)
Founder
avatar for Angelou Ezeilo

Angelou Ezeilo

Greening Youth Foundation
Founder
avatar for Heidi Faris

Heidi Faris

Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Grant Coordinator, Nature Play Begins
avatar for Laís Fleury

Laís Fleury

Instituto Alana
Project Coordinator
avatar for Mary Ford

Mary Ford

National Geographic
Senior Manager, Citizen Science
avatar for Amy Frame

Amy Frame

UCLA
Graduate Researcher
LF

Lisa Frey

Departure Bay Eco-School
Principal
avatar for Andrea Gardner

Andrea Gardner

Canadian Wildlife Federation
Education Program Coordinator
avatar for Lauren Garrott

Lauren Garrott

Shockey Consulting Services
Consultant
EG

Emilian Geczi

NAAEE
Director, Natural Start Alliance
avatar for Susan Gerofsky

Susan Gerofsky

Dept. of Curriculum & Pedagogy, UBC
Assistant Professor
avatar for CJ Goulding

CJ Goulding

Natural Leaders Network
Lead Organizer
WH

William Hammond

Natural Context
Consultant
avatar for Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton

Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton

Miami County Park District
Director of Environmental Education
avatar for Carmen Harris

Carmen Harris

GirlTrek
Chief of Social Impact and Strategic Partnerships
avatar for Karen Harwell

Karen Harwell

Exploring a Sense of Place
Director
avatar for Marna Hauk

Marna Hauk

Prescott College and Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies
Postdoctoral Scholar and Faculty
avatar for Nancy Herron

Nancy Herron

C&NN Board Member
CH

Chris Hicks

City of Calgary
Program Advisor
avatar for Shanti Hodges

Shanti Hodges

Hike it Baby
Founder
AH

Ava Holliday

The Avarna Group
Founding Partner
avatar for Melissa Holloway

Melissa Holloway

Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Park Interpretation Leader
avatar for Douglas Horvath

Douglas Horvath

Five Rivers MetroParks
Outdoor Education Coordinator
avatar for Marghanita Hughes

Marghanita Hughes

Educating the Heart with Nature Art
Nature Art Educator
avatar for Jonathan R Hultquist

Jonathan R Hultquist

Vancouver Aquarium
Manager of Public Programs
avatar for Lisa Hyatt

Lisa Hyatt

Lincoln Park Zoo
Manager, Community Engagement
DD

Dolf De Jong

Vancouver Aquarium
General Manager
avatar for Cathy Jordan

Cathy Jordan

Children & Nature Network
Director of Research
avatar for Nicole Junell

Nicole Junell

Wild Whatcom
Founding Member, Wild Things
avatar for Shannon Keane

Shannon Keane

YMCA Auckland
Centre Manager
avatar for Rusty Keeler

Rusty Keeler

Earthplay
KK

Karen Keenleyside

Parcs Canada/Parks Canada
avatar for Paul Kelba

Paul Kelba

Calgary Board of Education
Consultant
avatar for Bill Kilburn

Bill Kilburn

Back to Nature Network
Program Manager
avatar for James King

James King

Antioch University/IslandWood
Student
avatar for Doug Klein

Doug Klein

Family Physician
BK

Bennett Knox

Louisville Metro Government
Parks Administrator
avatar for Katherine Kraft

Katherine Kraft

America Walks
Executive Director
avatar for Meg Krueger

Meg Krueger

Wilderness Inquiry
Wilderness Inquiry
avatar for Heather Kuhlken

Heather Kuhlken

Families in Nature
Founder/Director
KK

Karolina Kukulka

Nature Discovery Club
Founder and Educator
avatar for Élisabeth Lacoursière

Élisabeth Lacoursière

Parks Canada
Director, Outreach and Marketing
avatar for Margaret Lamar

Margaret Lamar

Children & Nature Network
Director of Strategic Initiatives
avatar for Martin LeBlanc

Martin LeBlanc

Children & Nature Network
ML

Melissa Lefebvre

Canadian Wildlife Federation
Education Program Coordinator
avatar for Sarah Little

Sarah Little

University of Oklahoma
Assistant Professor
avatar for Janet Loebach

Janet Loebach

Thrive Design Consulting
Environmental Design & Research Consultant
avatar for Griffin Longley

Griffin Longley

Nature Play WA
CEO
avatar for Mark Madison

Mark Madison

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Historian
avatar for Monica Lopez Magee

Monica Lopez Magee

Children & Nature Network
Director, Natural Families
avatar for Toyya Mahoney

Toyya Mahoney

Bureau of Reclamation
Program Support Assistant
avatar for Fran Mainella

Fran Mainella

Fran Mainella Consulting llc
President, co- founder and co-chair of the US Play Coalition
avatar for Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez

Natural Leaders and Leadership Development
Director
avatar for Samantha Matters

Samantha Matters

TELUS World of Science - Edmonton
Outreach Coordinator
avatar for Milton McClaren

Milton McClaren

Simon Fraser University
Professor
avatar for Anne Catherine McConnell

Anne Catherine McConnell

University of Sherbrooke
Lecturer
DM

Dana McDonald

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Environmental Stewardship Coordinator
avatar for Megan Malaska Medley

Megan Malaska Medley

Wildlife Conservation Society - Bronx Zoo
Curator of Bronx Zoo Education
avatar for Lisa Mighetto

Lisa Mighetto

American Society for Environmental History
executive director
avatar for Jackie Miller

Jackie Miller

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
Director of Youth Initiatives
avatar for Sarah Milligan-Toffler

Sarah Milligan-Toffler

Children & Nature Network
Executive Director
avatar for Eliza Minnucci

Eliza Minnucci

Forest Kinder
Kindergarten Teacher / Forest Educator
avatar for Tania Moloney

Tania Moloney

Nurture in Nature Australia
Founder
avatar for Drew Monkman

Drew Monkman

Nature writer
AM

Andrew Moore

Institute for Youth, Education, and Families National League of Cities
Director, Youth & Young Adult Connections
avatar for Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

Playcore
SVP Corporate Strategic Services
avatar for Robin Moore

Robin Moore

NC State University
Professor of Landscape Achitecture
avatar for Tara Moreau

Tara Moreau

UBC Botanical Garden
Associate Director
avatar for Hyahno Moser

Hyahno Moser

Nature Play Queensland
Program Manager
avatar for Gill Mulholland

Gill Mulholland

Eden Project
Education Specialist
JM

Jeffery Musson

Habitat Systems
Principal
avatar for Laura Mylan

Laura Mylan

Children & Nature Network
Director Marketing & Communications
avatar for Marielle Narcisa

Marielle Narcisa

Education Outside
Volunteer Manager
SN

Susan Newton

National Park Foundation
Senior VP, Grants & Programs
avatar for Alexandra O'Rourke

Alexandra O'Rourke

Graduate Student, Royal Roads University
AO

Amanda O'Rourke

8 80 Cities
Senior Advisor & Board Liaison
avatar for Chúk Odenigbo

Chúk Odenigbo

Université de Montréal
Étudiant à la maîtrise
avatar for Jackie Ostfeld

Jackie Ostfeld

Sierra Club & OAK
Director, Nearby Nature & Chair, OAK
NP

Nick Page

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Biologist
avatar for Alison Paul

Alison Paul

The Field Museum
Youth Conservation Action Manager
avatar for Rena Payan

Rena Payan

Youth Outside
Program Manager
avatar for Caitlyn Piton

Caitlyn Piton

Scouts Canada
National Youth Commissioner
avatar for Nette Pletcher

Nette Pletcher

Beez Kneez Creative
Founder
avatar for Genevieve Ploch

Genevieve Ploch

Raintree School
Early Childhood Educator
avatar for Kari Pocock

Kari Pocock

Stanley Park Ecology Society
Stewardship Coordinator
avatar for Marlene Power

Marlene Power

Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
Executive Director
MP

MaryLynn Pulscher

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Environmental Education Supervisor
avatar for Damien Raffa

Damien Raffa

The Presidio Trust
Environmental and Outdoor Education Manager
avatar for Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

The Avarna Group
Founding Partner
avatar for Mikaela Randolph

Mikaela Randolph

Children & Nature Network
Director, Cities and Nature
avatar for Sheila Williams Ridge

Sheila Williams Ridge

University of Minnesota
Lab School Director
avatar for Lori Robertson

Lori Robertson

National Recreation and Park Association
Director of Conservation
avatar for Jacob Rodenburg

Jacob Rodenburg

Camp Kawartha & the Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre
Executive Director
avatar for Holly Roger

Holly Roger

Wild Whatcom
Community Programs Coordinator
HF

Hwiemtun (Fred Roland)

Xwaaqw'um Project
Elder
avatar for Mary Roscoe

Mary Roscoe

Children in Nature Collaborative
Coordinator
avatar for Brad Rudner

Brad Rudner

Curanex Inc.
CEO & Co-Founder of Family by Nature
avatar for Bree Rudner

Bree Rudner

Curanex Inc.
COO & Co-Founder of Family By Nature
avatar for Elyse Rylander

Elyse Rylander

OUT There Adventures
Executive Director
avatar for Stephanie Schuttler

Stephanie Schuttler

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Associate
avatar for Jimmy Simpson

Jimmy Simpson

Education Outside
Professional Development Manager
avatar for Judy BlueHorse Skelton

Judy BlueHorse Skelton

Portland State University Indigenous Nations Studies
Faculty
AS

Anne-Marie Spencer

Playcore
Corporate Vice President of Marketing
avatar for Nicholas Stanger

Nicholas Stanger

Huxley College of the Environment
Assistant Professor
avatar for Celina Starnes

Celina Starnes

Stanley Park Ecology Society
Public Education and Outreach Manager
avatar for Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart

James Madison University
Professor
avatar for Julie Storck

Julie Storck

Wilderness Inquiry
Associate Director
avatar for Nicole Straughan

Nicole Straughan

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Children & Youth Program Manager
avatar for Simon Stroud

Simon Stroud

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Manager Education and Interpretation
avatar for Clark Svrcek

Clark Svrcek

Family Physician
DT

Denis Thibeault

Cariboo Action Training Society
Counselor
CT

Cynthia Thomashow

IslandWood and Antioch University
Co-Director of Urban Environmental Education
ET

Erica Thompson

Nature Conservancy of Canada
Senior National Director, Conservation Engagement
JT

Jenn Thrasher

Raintree School
Early Childhood Educator
avatar for Carolyn Verheyen

Carolyn Verheyen

MIG, Inc.
Principal
avatar for Kristine Webber

Kristine Webber

NatureKids BC (formerly Young Naturalists\' Club of BC)
former Executive Director
SW

Sandy Weser

City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Director
JW

Jon Wiersma

Canadian Wildlife Federation
Education Project Coordinator
avatar for Debra Williams

Debra Williams

Faith in Place
Outreach Coordinator
avatar for Dilafruz Williams

Dilafruz Williams

Portland State University
Professor
avatar for Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson

Children & Nature Network
Research Library Curator
avatar for Karan Wood

Karan Wood

Captain Planet Foundation
Director, CPF Institute
avatar for Philip Wu

Philip Wu

Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region
Physician
avatar for Jaime Zaplatosch

Jaime Zaplatosch

Children & Nature Network
Director, Green Schoolyards