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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 • 8:00am - 8:15am

In our Nature Connection Film Trailer Showcase, we will share some of the many amazing films that tell the story of the children and nature movement from different perspectives.

Estamos Aqui!
Latino Outdoors * Nature Kids Institute

Estamos Aqui! We are here! The Latino population is the fastest growing American demographic. They are also among the most under-represented groups in conservation, outdoor recreation, and environmental education organizations. What are the causes and consequences of this divide? What are the challenges and opportunities? But most importantly, how do we recognize and celebrate this? In this feature-length documentary film we will follow Jose Gonzalez (Founder of Latino Outdoors) on a journey across the nation to discover what it means have a Latino identity in relation to nature. Latino families and individuals from all over the United States are already connecting with their history, their culture, their communities and the planet through powerful, meaningful and culturally relevant nature and outdoor activities. In Estamos Aqui we will meet these inspiring people and hear their stories. Estamos Aqui premiered in September 2016 at a special screening organized by The White House. | http://estamosaquimovie.com

10 Summers
Ellen Moore & Andy Lawless

10 Summers is a personal documentary about the life, death, and rebirth of a unique unstructured summer camp for kids. The camp exposes urban children to nature and allows them freedom outdoors, in a tribal and communal setting. Separated from technology and their highly structured home environments, the child’s true nature emerges. Freedom outdoors is the birthright of the child and it’s being lost as technology is touted as an educational panacea and children’s lives are increasingly monitored and controlled by adults. What effect is our increasing reliance on structure and technology during childhood having on our children? Is the natural world a dangerous place for children? Why do children need free time outdoors and what does freedom outdoors provide the growing child?

Thursday April 20, 2017 8:00am - 8:15am PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom