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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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Thursday, April 20 • 9:45am - 11:00am
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Dramatic declines in outdoor and nature play have inspired initiatives to (re)design and (re)naturalize children’s environments. Installing appropriate natural play environments requires a better understanding of how children playfully interact with outdoor settings, and the features that are most conducive to developmentally-supportive play. Behavior mapping is a highly effective field observation method for studying children’s outdoor and nature play behaviors. This workshop provides a foundation in behavior mapping, covering effective strategies for preparing and conducting behavior mapping and selecting appropriate measures, and offering hands-on experience in coding and mapping children’s play behavior through mock observations.

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Adina Cox

HumanNatureDesign Consultation
Dr. Adina Cox received her PhD in Design from North Carolina State University. Her dissertation was completed under the direction of Professor Robin Moore, and examined children and families’ use of pathways along greenways and in public parks. She holds degrees in Landscape Architecture... Read More →
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Sarah Little

Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Sarah Little is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, a registered landscape architect in the state of North Carolina, and holds a Ph.D. in Design from North Carolina State University. In her research, Sarah works to understand the effect... Read More →
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Janet Loebach

Environmental Design & Research Consultant, Thrive Design Consulting
I am an environmental design researcher and consultant based in Ontario, Canada, specializing in evidence-based, user-centred programming, design and evaluation of environments for special users, including children, seniors, and minority and Indigenous communities. My research... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom