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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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Friday, April 21 • 9:45am - 11:45am
Walkshop: From Infants to Grandparents: Nurturing Wonder-full Ecological Literacy in a Single Program FULL
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Research shows that adults who care about nature and take action to protect it have spent a significant amount of their childhood playing in nature. Why is that? Is it the time spent outdoors, or just playing, that is an important factor in inspiring conservation? What roles do curiosity, learning facts and the self-discovery play? Building a relationship with nature is more than just learning the names of trees, bugs and birds. These simple terms don't represent nature's complexity, but may inspire curiosity and serve as a tool for future learning. Relationships, whether to humans or to nature, flourish best with attention, thoughtfulness, respect and love. In thid session we will discuss educational strategies and present a myriad of fun, interactive ways for all family members to deepen their relationship to the natural world, in hopes for a beneficial future for all.

We will demonstrate a family program ​called "Wild Things" ​that has been exploring nature ​in nearby parks ​every week​, all year round,​ for seven years. ​You will learn about this program from the provider, Holly Roger, as well as through the unique perspective of a founding and frequent participant, Nicole Junell. "​Wild Things" is designed to foster participants' relationships with nature and each other, and encourages all participants to learn about, and respectfully engage with, nature at a level that is appropriate for their age. In this walking workshop in Stanley Park, we will share our games, ​​educational strategies ​for structuring seasonal and safe programs, ​and techniques for engaging age-diverse participants.​ ​Bring your tips for fostering a sense of wonder and connection to nature​, and b​e prepared for playing and exploring outdoors!

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Nicole Junell

Founding Member, Wild Things, Wild Whatcom
I am a founding mama of the Wild Things program, as I showed up at the park in the rain with my six month old baby in a carrier. Why? Because I wanted to be more of a nature nerd than my husband. That was nearly 7 years ago, and I've been a frequent flyer of this program. I can give... Read More →
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Holly Roger

Community Programs Coordinator, Wild Whatcom
I've been wondering about bugs and birds for as long as I can remember. I read field guides for fun and as bedtime stories to my kids. Nature is my source for continual inspiration, connection and reflection, and my laboratory for observation, exploration, investigation and play... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am PDT