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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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Learn about practical, successful approaches to collaborative efforts to advance the children and nature movement. #NatureForAll is a campaign launched by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature with more than 120 partners worldwide, and you can join. The Nature Playbook is one of the resources developed by #NatureForAll Partners, a model for others. State and provincial strategic plans offer another solid model, with Texas’ example a strong case study. Ontario’s and others’ efforts to establish charters for children’s rights to nature offer a vision and an approach to collaborative efforts that encourage a nature-rich future for all.

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Cheryl Charles

Co-Chair #NatureForAll, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl is international co-chair of #NatureForAll, a global campaign of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN.org) and a member of the IUCN's Commission on Education and Communications... Read More →

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Jennifer Bristol

Author, Texas Children In Nature
Jennifer L. Bristol is the author of Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas and has contributed articles about nature exploration to Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and the Children & Nature Network. Her current writing projects with Texas A&M University... Read More →

Karen Keenleyside

Parks Canada
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Bill Kilburn

Program Manager, Back to Nature Network
Bill Kilburn is the leader of the Back to Nature Network, Ontario’s provincial organization representing the international children and nature movement. Among achievements, Bill co-chaired the creation of the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter with Ontario’s provincial government... Read More →
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Chloe Dragon Smith

Connecting a New Generation with Nature, Canadian Parks Council
Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman from the small northern city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her nature-filled upbringing shaped her values today. Today, Chloe holds a degree in Earth Science from the University of Victoria. While educated in Science, she is keenly... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Cypress 2 (2nd Floor)