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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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Wednesday, April 19 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Accepting Louv's Challenge! Make Your Local Schools-Your Community-The Best in the Nation in Connecting Kids to Nature! LIMITED
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Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Imagine your organization leading your community to recognition as “Best in the Nation for Connecting Kids to Nature.” This is the challenge Richard Louv issued to the world! Ohio Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Collaborative has accepted and is, in-turn, challenging schools nationwide to BE THE BEST SCHOOL FOR CONNECTING KIDS TO NATURE WHERE KIDS ARE HEALTHIER, HAPPIER AND SMARTER! Explore how Ohio is motivating schools to get kids outside putting the Ohio Outdoor Children's Bill of Rights to work. Imagine schools assigning homework to explore outside and get academic credit. Discover how this homework transforms families into bonding together outdoors. Imagine schools where every grade level has outdoor learning incorporating outdoor exploration, music, art. Imagine parks, libraries supporting this challenge providing outdoor play spaces and storybook trails. This interactive presentation will give you tools to lead schools in your community to be the BEST connecting kids to nature.

Max Capacity: 60

Speakers
avatar for Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton

Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton

Director of Environmental Education, Miami County Park District
Known as “Cinda Wind~ the gentle breeze~” by those who join her for fun, frolic, and learning in the outdoors, Cinda has been creating exciting learning experiences connecting people to nature as director/naturalist/educator for four decades. She is honored to have been recog... Read More →
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Douglas Horvath

Outdoor Education Coordinator, Five Rivers MetroParks
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... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)