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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
Environmental History as the Spark for Natural History FILLING
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Environmental History is a rich new field that can be especially effective in attracting and introducing youth to nature from kindergarten to undergraduates. In learning the history of places, including how they have been shaped by humans, youths can gain a better understanding of their role as stewards of nature as well as experience the joys of meaningful interactions with nature. History and environmental studies have traditionally been taught as separate disciplines, contributing one more disconnect to our understanding of nature. This workshop seeks to bridge this disconnect, adding a new tool to our Children and Nature toolkit. To demonstrate the power of this field we will be joined by some of our best authors and scholars who will introduce best practices of using environmental history to excite youths about various natural habitats.

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Steve Chase

Chief, Division of Education & Outreach, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Steve leads efforts at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center to build our next generation of conservation professionals. He also oversees the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service history/heritage program and has organized a number of historical symposia on important figures and... Read More →

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Mark Madison

Historian, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mark Madison is the national Historian for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He works out of the USFWS Museum/Archives at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. At NCTC he teaches classes on environmental history, ethics, and leadership and helps... Read More →
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Lisa Mighetto

executive director, American Society for Environmental History
Lisa Mighetto is the executive director of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), a non-profit educational organization, and serves as affiliate faculty at the University of Washington-Tacoma. She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington, where... Read More →
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Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle studied butterfly conservation at the Monks Wood Experimental Station in England as a Fulbright Scholar, leading to his founding of the Xerces Society in 1971. Xerces is now the largest pollination protection team in the world. Pyle earned his Ph.D. at Yale University, where he investigated Lepidoptera eco-geography and conservation under Charles Remington. Later he worked for the government of Papua New Guinea on giant birdwing butterfly cons... Read More →


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