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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
Amplifying Voices on the Outside: Highlighting Equitable Engagement of Youth in Nature LIMITED
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Setting the stage around equity and inclusion, attendees will learn about specific tools to equitably engage youth in nature. The session will highlight youth engagement programs that give voice to foster youth and queer youth in the nature movement, voices that are often underrepresented.

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Mikaela Randolph

Director, Cities and Nature, Children & Nature Network
Mikaela is the Director of Cities and Nature with the Children & Nature Network. In this role, she provides technical assistance to cities across the country to address equitable access to nature.

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Maddie Dineen

Graduate Student, Huxley College of the Environment
Currently I am the Environmental Education Program Coordinator at Camp Fire Samish in Bellingham, WA as well as a staff member of Western Washington University conducting work study with Dr. Nicolas Stanger. My work with Camp Fire Samish involves curriculum development of an envi... Read More →

Ava Holliday

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
Ava believes in this work because she believes a more sustainable future is dependent on simultaneously working towards social and environmental justice. As a result, she has devoted the last six years to researching and working in this field. Currently a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Washington in the department of Anthropology, Ava designed and implemented a research project that investigates diversity and inclusion efforts in American environmentalism, specifically in outdoor education at the National Outdoor Leadership School. In addition to her research, she has designed and taught several of her own university level courses, which cover topics such as power, identity, environmentalism, health, and wilderness. Beyond her academic life, Ava puts her knowledge into practice by working as an outdoor educator and consultant for organizations that have a focus on diversity and inclusion. Ava is constantly excited about this work, whether it is being done at universities, in the field, or in an office. In particular, she enjoys that this work requires intentional community building and knowledge gathering. She is grateful to everyone who has contributed to her learning and is excited to contribute to... Read More →
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Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
We build capacity within organizations in the outdoor, conservation, environmental education, youth development, and camp space to engage in meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Talk to me about DEI training, presentations, webinars, resources, climate/cultu... Read More →
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Elyse Rylander

Executive Director, OUT There Adventures
Elyse has worked outside with people from all walks of life since she was 16. Her passion for creating nature-based experiences that increase accessibility, interest and fun for every person has taken shape in many projects. Most recently Elyse has undertaken the co-creation of t... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Cypress 1 (2nd Floor)