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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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Wednesday, April 19 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Walkshop: Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Play FILLING
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"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Ever hear of those wild "adventure playgrounds" of Europe filled with loose parts, mud, fire, playworkers, and mess? Well, we’ve created a pop-up version in the nearby park and you are invited to get messy with us! Together we can build forts and dens, fairy huts and gnome homes, nature sculptures, obstacle courses and more with a variety of easy-to-come-by natural materials like logs, stumps, dirt, leaves, etc. You’ll remember how fun it is to be free and creative with natural stuff and see how easy it can be to create low-cost nature play zones like this for the children in your own community. We’ll also talk about the benefits of risk in play and how you can find new ways to say "yes" to children’s adventurous play in nature.

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Rusty Keeler

Over the past 20 years, Rusty Keeler has worked with hundreds of community, school, parks, university, and childcare leaders to dream, design, and construct beautiful outdoor environments for children in more than 30 states and throughout Canada, Europe, China, Australia, and New... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm PDT