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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 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Earth Is Home to Us All: Honoring Indigenous, Refugee and Urban Children & Youth FULL
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Life is complicated and filled with challenges. Some of those experiencing the most profound challenges are today’s displaced children and families: refugees from political, economic, and social unrest; victims of environmental degradation; survivors of lost cultural connections and lands; and urban dwellers. This session focuses on wisdom gained from respectful learning from indigenous people, inter-cultural experiences, innovative collaborations, and place-based approaches to connecting people with nature even in the most urban environments.

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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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Luis Alberto Camargo

Founder & Director, OpEPA
Luis Alberto Camargo focuses his work towards reconnecting youth to nature and people to the Earth in order to build more sustainable and peaceful communities. Luis is the founder and Director of OpEPA (Organization for Environmental Education and Protection) a nonprofit organization... Read More →
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Lais Fleury

Coordinator of Criança e Natureza program, Alana Institute
Laís Fleury is one of the Director of Alana Institute, a non-profit organization that has a solid and broad work related with childhood in Brazil, and coordinates its Children and Nature project. She founded Associação Vaga Lume, a non-profit organization that develops education... Read More →
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Nicholas Stanger

Assistant Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Nick currently shares his time between deep outdoor play and high-tech online multimedia projects. This paradoxical interest has helped form his understanding and embodiment of the human-digital-nature conundrum we currently face in our westernized social fabric. Nick works as an... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Cypress 2 (2nd Floor)