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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
The Role of Play in Creating Meaningful Connections to Nature FILLING
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Playing in nature has essential benefits to children's health and well-being. Join voices from the play and nature movements in a discussion on strategies for scaling the connection between play and nature to create high quality outdoor experiences for children. This session will seek to forge new ground in turning nature play into a widespread concept for all communities. Session will include a short panel presentation and roundtable discussions.

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Margaret Lamar

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Children & Nature Network

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Christine Alden

Program Director, Lawson Foundation
Outdoor play - with its risks - is essential for healthy child development. The Lawson Foundation's Outdoor Play Strategy includes nature play and risky play as key elements. Environmental organizations and outdoor learning programs are among our diverse stakeholders. Talk to me... Read More →
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Allen Cooper

Director of Organizational Learning, National Wildlife Federation
Allen Cooper is Director of Learning at the National Wildlife Federation where he provides leadership and management training and coaching for conservation professionals. He is coauthor with Robin Moore of Nature Play and Learning Places: creating places where children engage with nature and a leading authority on risk in... Read More →
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Rusty Keeler

Over the past 20 years, Rusty Keeler has worked with hundreds of community, school, parks, university, and child care leaders to dream, design, and construct beautiful outdoor environments for children in more than 30 states and throughout Canada, Europe, China, Australia, and New Zealand. One of his favorite projects in the world is the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone at Ithaca... Read More →
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Fran Mainella

President, co- founder and co-chair of the US Play Coalition, Fran Mainella Consulting llc
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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Lisa Moore

SVP Corporate Strategic Services, Playcore
Lisa Moore is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Services for PlayCore, a leading play and recreation company. In this role she is responsible for the company’s strategic services which includes market analysis and strategic planning, corporate communications & marketing, e-business, and human resources... Read More →

MaryLynn Pulscher

Environmental Education Supervisor, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Anne-Marie Spencer

Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Playcore

Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Stanley Salon 2 (2nd Floor)