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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
Engaging Constituents on Public Lands LIMITED
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It is a top priority for public lands and waters, national parks, wildlife refuges and land trusts to develop strategies to effectively and meaningfully engage diverse groups and new generations of constituents to visit and protect wild places. This panel will examine strategies implemented by U.S. and Canadian Parks systems designed to connect new communities to the natural world. This is an excellent opportunity for you to discuss ways that your program, policies or people can participate in these efforts.

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Fran Mainella

vice chair founders' council, fran mainella consulting
Fran Mainella is a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She is also President of Fran Mainella Consulting,LLC.  Director Mainella served nearly six years as the 16th Director and the first woman to lead the U. S. National... Read More →

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Élisabeth Lacoursière

Director, Outreach & Marketing, Parks Canada
Having joined Parks Canada in 2010, Élisabeth Lacoursière now manages national office leadership and support for marketing, promotion, outreach, and events as Director, Outreach and Marketing Branch. Prior to her arrival at Parks Canada, Élisabeth worked at the National Capital... Read More →

Susan Newton

Senior VP, Grants & Programs, National Park Foundation

Erica Thompson

Senior National Director, Conservation Engagement, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)