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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 • 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Field Trip: Nature Connection through Outdoor Learning Gardens for All: Diversity and Inclusion FULL
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By their nature, gardens embody diversity. This field trip explores the cultural significance and value of learning gardens for diverse communities in restoring and reclaiming their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and resilience through stories, myths, nature connection, and practical examples. This on-site workshop will engage participants in dynamic, creative, community garden-based learning at the UBC Orchard Garden. Participants will leave with actionable strategies and inspiration for initiating community-collaborative, inclusive learning gardens. This workshop features garden researcher/practitioners bringing indigenous, multicultural, and urban perspectives from four different learning gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Participants will: (a) share cultural stories of hands-on engagement with garden-based learning; (b) practice the art of poem-making and cordage with the use of harvested site materials; and (c) use patterns from nature to capture permaculture-inspired wild design activities. Dress for the outdoors. An herbal tea will be served.

Max Capacity: 40 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gerofsky

Susan Gerofsky

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Pedagogy, UBC
I bring experience in a number of fields to an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to environmental education, curriculum theory and mathematics education. My embodied, arts-based approach to mathematics and environmental education is informed by my background in linguistics a... Read More →
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Marna Hauk

Postdoctoral Scholar and Faculty, Prescott College and Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies
Dr. Marna Hauk is a permaculturist and regenerative designer catalyzing outdoor experiential engagement through sustainability education and the arts for more than three decades. She has worked with gifted learners in nature poem-making, modeling ecotopian communities out of recy... Read More →
avatar for Judy BlueHorse Skelton

Judy BlueHorse Skelton

Faculty, Portland State University Indigenous Nations Studies
Judy has worked with federal, state and local Native organizations and tribes throughout the Northwest for more than 20 years, creating cultural activities focusing on traditional and contemporary uses of native plants for food, medicine, ceremony, and healthy lifeways. She is a co-founder of the Inter-Tribal Gathering Gardens, http://gardenwarriorsgoodseeds.com/2014/10/14/native-america-youth-and-family-center-naya-indigenous-gardens-and-food-justice-and-the-intertribal-gathering-garden-portland-or/ Judy is author of six collections of essays for teachers, including Native America: A Sustainable Culture (1999), and Lewis... Read More →
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Dilafruz Williams

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Dilafruz Williams is Professor and cofounder of Leadership for Sustainability Education, a Master’s program and Learning Gardens Laboratory with dozens of partnerships. Dilafruz is passionate about gardening and connecting schools, students, teachers, and parents with soil and food. | | In 2014, she was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for Science in the Learning Gardens, for middle schools. Her second co-authored book is "Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life" (Routledge, 2012). Elected city-wide, she served on the Portland School Board, 2003-2011. | | Recipient of several prestigious awards, Dilafruz has degrees from Bombay, Syracuse, and Harvard Universities in the sciences, public administration, and philosophy of education... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Field trip - Bus outside Westin

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