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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 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
All Children Need Nature: Examples from Around the World FULL
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Throughout the world, many if not most children are disconnected from direct experiences with nature in their everyday lives. The movement to reconnect children, families and communities to nature is worldwide. Hear how countries are finding ways for children to play, learn and grow in and about the natural world, and participate in creative discussions about how the movement can deepen and expand while honoring cultural differences, economic challenges, and social priorities.

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Cheryl Charles

Co-Founder and CEO Emerita, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl is Adjunct Faculty and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a world in which all humans... Read More →

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Janani Eswar

Co-Founder, Growing In Nature (GRIN)
Janani Eswar is the co-founder of GRIN (Growing in Nature) a social enterprise that in incubated by ArtyPlantz in Bangalore, India. She finds innovative ways of blending theatre, public speaking, art, photography, naturalist studies, playfulness, ecopsychology and entrepreneurship... Read More →
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Gill Mulholland

Education Specialist, Eden Project
Eden Project aims to connect people to each other and the living world through memorable experiences and transformational projects. I have worked at Eden since its conception in 1999. Initially, I developed the schools team and early education programme, which has now grown to welcome... Read More →
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Alexandra O'Rourke

Founder, Urban Wild Calgary
Alex’s current passion and work has a focus on building a connection to the natural world for children in the early years with an emphasis on family based nature experiences. Motivated in her new role as a parent, she developed a simple curriculum to engage Calgary families in the... Read More →
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Simon Stroud

Manager Education and Interpretation, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
At NSW Office of Environment and Heritage I am fortunate enough to be involved in a number of advocacy and education programs that involved technology such as WilderQuest, Wild AboutWhales, self-guided tours and other campaigns that encourage people to connect with nature. Before... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)