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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
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This session highlights three creative, innovative projects with practical ideas for replicating them in your community. Partners in the Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative developed a Create-With-Nature Cart as a prototype for a San Francisco Festival in an area in flux, filled with people from diverse backgrounds, often alienated from each other and the natural world, affecting their social, emotional, and physical well-being.  The Create-With-Nature Cart was created as a portable oasis for the public of all ages to collaboratively create, using natural materials. The Cart is a replicable model for bringing nature to city dwellers in a way that promotes a connection with the natural world, as well as human connections that foster vibrancy and health. Even among participants with no spoken language in common, the language of collaborative creativity and the natural world speaks clearly. Today the Create-With-Nature Cart is a structural anchor for a Create-With-Nature Zones in natural areas including a table-top surface for universal access by people with and without mobility limitations.

Jose Gonzalez will share the story of the making of "Estamos Aqui: A Celebration of Nature y Cultura." The film made its premiere at The White House in Washington DC and is being screened in National Parks across the country. The film celebrates the many ways the Latino culture overlaps with nature and conservation, and offers renewed excitement for encouraging diversity in the outdoors along with clear ideas and answers for entreating diverse communities in nature programming.

To demonstrate how green space can be used by healthcare professionals as an effective teaching and health promotion tool, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the US Forest Service, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and a large group of community partners formed a dynamic partnership in Conroe, TX. Together they created a nature-rich outdoor Nature Explore Classroom at the Lone Star Family Health Center. This is the first health center in the country to have a Nature Explore Classroom on its property.

Speakers
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Sara Espinoza

Managing Dir. Research & Best Pract., National Environmental Education Foundation
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José González

Executive Director, Latino Outdoors
José G. González is an experienced educator in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources... Read More →
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Damien Raffa

Environmental and Outdoor Education Manager, The Presidio Trust
For the past 25 years, Damien has designed and implemented projects and programs to provide urban children, youth and families engaging experiences and encounters with "nature in the city" (San Francisco). He's a lead collaborator with the San Francisco's participation nation-wid... Read More →
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Mary Roscoe

Coordinator, Children in Nature Collaborative
Mary Roscoe was part of the design team for the Create-with-Nature Cart for San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival in October 2016. In 2011 she was a project leader for the Natural Learning Project using create-with-nature as part of outside learning in an early chi... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)