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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.

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Wednesday, April 19 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Walkshop: Nature Education throughout the Seasons FULL
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"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

The average child spends more than seven and a half hours in front of a glowing screen and less than 20 minutes per day engaged in unstructured outdoor play. Children today are more likely to remember the names of dozens of corporate logos than to identify even just a few local plant and mammal species. In this interactive workshop, educators Drew Monkman and Jacob Rodenburg will offer up examples of fun, hands-on strategies for reconnecting children to nature throughout each of the seasons. We’ll dance like bees, sing like frogs and learn how to become "bird whisperers.” These are just some of the ideas that can be found in Monkman and Rodenburg’s award winning new “Big Book of Nature Activities,”which will be featured in this workshop.

Max Capacity: 40

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Drew Monkman

Nature writer
Drew Monkman (dmonkman1@cogeco.ca) is a retired French immersion teacher, naturalist and writer whose nature column, “Our Changing Seasons,” appears regularly in the Peterborough Examiner. He is the author of three books. Two explore what is happening in the natural world each... Read More →
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Jacob Rodenburg

Executive Director, Camp Kawartha
Jacob is the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award winning outdoor education centre and summer camp. He holds a teaching certificate and a Master’s in Education. Jacob has worked in the field of outdoor education and camping for more than 25 years. Jacob received the Ontario... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT