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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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Tuesday, April 18
 

3:00pm

Registration and Check In Open
Check in to receive conference credentials and the latest conference schedule.

Tuesday April 18, 2017 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Bayshore Grand Foyer

5:30pm

Welcome Reception
Reconnect with colleagues and meet new friends at the CNC2017 kick off with brief remarks from leaders in the children and nature movement and cash bar.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Louv

Richard Louv

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Author, Last Child in the Woods, Children & Nature Network
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and most recently, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children... Read More →
avatar for Dep. Mayor Geoff Meggs

Dep. Mayor Geoff Meggs

Councillor Geoff Meggs was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. He is committed to working for a city in which eliminating homelessness, creating affordable housing, and expanding quality public transit are priorities, and believes that if you work in Vancouver, you should be able to live in Vancouver. An award-winning journalist and... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Moore

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 →


Tuesday April 18, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

7:00pm

Visit the Otters and Beavers
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Set out on a guided evening stroll and discover the habitat and behaviour of these semiaquatic mammals. Catch a beaver tail slap or glimpse an otter in the twilight!

Max Capacity: 20

Tuesday April 18, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TBA
 
Wednesday, April 19
 

7:00am

Registration and Check In
Check in to receive conference credentials and the latest conference schedule.

Registration and check in opens at 7 am and is available through out the day.   

Wednesday April 19, 2017 7:00am - 7:15am
Bayshore Grand Foyer

7:00am

Breakfast
Please note: Meals are listed on the schedule for your information only. You do not need to add it to your schedule. 

Wednesday April 19, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Conference Overview & Welcome
For the first time in human history, more people live in urban environments than in rural. As this global trend continues, how do we make sure that children experience the benefits of nature in their daily lives? This Summit will explore issues of justice and equity, urban design, policy, advocacy and community engagement to ensure safe, beautiful places for all children and families. Morning roundtable sessions will focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas. The afternoon will offer interactive walkshops and workshops.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Bates

Rick Bates

CEO/EVP, Canadian Wildlife Federation
Rick Bates is the CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canada’s largest conservation charity.  CWF has been a leader in experiential education and connecting people to nature for over 30 years. Through its educator professional development and youth involvement programs, CWF trained over a third of... Read More →
avatar for Pete Dominick

Pete Dominick

Pete Dominick is a Stand Up Comic, radio host, activist and staunch environmentalist.
Pete Dominick is a Stand Up Comic, radio host, activist and staunch environmentalist. He’s best known for his daily national public affairs show on SIRIUSXM, “Stand Up with Pete Dominick.” The daily 3-hour show has been airing for over eight years, which regularly features some of the biggest names in politics, journalism, academia and entertainment. In 2015 he created developed and launched the... Read More →
avatar for The Honourable Judith Guichon

The Honourable Judith Guichon

OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
The Honourable Judith Guichon was sworn-in as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on November 2, 2012. Prior to this appointment she owned and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in the British Columbia Interior. The Guichon family has ranched... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Milligan-Toffler

Sarah Milligan-Toffler

Executive Director, Children & Nature Network
Sarah Milligan-Toffler is Executive Director of the Children & Natura Network. She is a creative, energetic, and mission-driven leader who brings more than 25 years of experience in developing, funding, and implementing outdoor education and adventure programs that provide a deep... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

8:00am

Keynote - Creating Connections to Nature in an Urbanizing World: An International Perspective
Opening Plenary: Creating Connections to Nature in an Urbanizing World: An International Perspective

Moderator
avatar for Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa

Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa

Founder, 8- 80 Cities
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars. Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally-recognized nonprofit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created centred on a simple but powerful philosophy: if you create a great city for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm - Gil Penalosa... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jesús Aguirre

Jesús Aguirre

Superintendent Seattle Parks & Rec, Seattle Parks & Recreation
Jesús Aguirre has served as the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation since June 2015. Aguirre began his career as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles in the 1990s and most recently, served as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia... Read More →
avatar for Matilda van den Bosch

Matilda van den Bosch

Asst Prof, Dept of Forest & Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia
Matilda is a doctor in medicine as well as in landscape planning and public health. Since July 2016 she is an assistant professor at The University of British Columbia, Canada, where she holds a shared affiliation between the School of Population and Public Health and the Departm... Read More →
avatar for Lauraleigh Paul

Lauraleigh Paul

First Nations Ecology Programmer, Stanley Park Ecology Society
Lauraleigh is of Coast Salish, Interior Salish, and Carrier First Nations descent.  In spring 2016, Lauraleigh joined SPES via her environmental monitoring practicum.  She passionately offers us her invaluable indigenous life experiences and integral teachings about Coast Salish historical interpretation and relevant present day interpretations to directly facilitate positive relationship building and ecological stewardship practices. She also generously shares a wealth of local flora and fauna use, teaching us how to nurture ourselves with nature, whether it be medicinal or practical, to harmonize our wellbeing with the natural... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

9:30am

Networking break
Wednesday April 19, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
TBA

10:00am

Activating Youth Voices and Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

How can youth serve as leaders in getting people outdoors, advocating for natural places, and being stewards of natural places? This roundtable session will explore strategies for amplifying the role of young people in connecting communities to nature. 

Moderator
avatar for Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez

Director, Natural Leaders and Leadership Development
Juan is a nationally-recognized and award-winning environmental justice activist whose childhood was transformed by the power of nature. He is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ambassador for The North Face, and serves on the Wilderness Society Board of Directors.

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Stanley Salon 3 (2nd Floor)

10:00am

Designing Nature into the City
Limited Capacity seats available

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

How can we integrate nature into our urban spaces and plan for all children to have access to nature? This roundtable session will explore ways that children in cities can be immersed in nature in their everyday lives. 

Moderator
avatar for Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa

Guillermo (Gil) Penalosa

Founder, 8- 80 Cities
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars. Gil is the founder and chair of the board of the internationally-recognized nonprofit organization 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. The organization was created centred on a simple but powerful philosophy: if you create a great city for an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old, you will create a successful city for all people. Gil also runs his own international consulting firm - Gil Penalosa... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Cypress (2nd Floor)

10:00am

Emerging Strategies for Engaging City Government in Equitable Access to Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

What are the opportunities and strategies for leveraging city government leadership to connect children to nature? This roundtable session will explore ways that city government policies and programs can increase equitable access to nature. 

Moderator
avatar for Priya Cook

Priya Cook

Principal Associate, Connecting Children to Nature, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families National League of Cities
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Andrew Moore

Director, Youth & Young Adult Connections, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families National League of Cities

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Seymour (Ground Floor)

10:00am

Engaging Community Leadership from the Inside Out
Limited Capacity filling up

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

How can we move beyond “outreach” to deeply engage urban community-based leadership? This roundtable session will explore the power of grassroots efforts to empower local leaders and amplify the children and nature movement. 

 

Moderator
avatar for Carmen Harris

Carmen Harris

Chief of Social Impact and Strategic Partnerships, GirlTrek
Carmen is chief of GirlTrek's Social Impact and Strategic Partnerships team where she monitors the social, psychosocial, and behavioral impact of GirlTrek's program on African-American women and communities. Carmen is also charged with identifying and engaging national and intern... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)

10:00am

Health Equity: The Role of Nature in Improving Physical and Mental Health
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

How can we leverage efforts addressing health disparities for increasing children’s connection to nature? This roundtable session will explore the health benefits of time in nature and strategies for increasing the relevance of programming and policy to the health field. 

Moderator
avatar for Matilda van den Bosch

Matilda van den Bosch

Asst Prof, Dept of Forest & Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia
Matilda is a doctor in medicine as well as in landscape planning and public health. Since July 2016 she is an assistant professor at The University of British Columbia, Canada, where she holds a shared affiliation between the School of Population and Public Health and the Departm... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Stanley Salon 2 (2nd Floor)

10:00am

Learning Outdoors: Growing the Movement In and Out of School
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

What will make it possible for nature-based learning to go to scale? This roundtable session will explore policies, programs, and advocacy strategies that amplify the need and benefits of children learning outdoors on school grounds and in nearby nature. 

Moderator
avatar for Bill Kilburn

Bill Kilburn

Program Manager, Back to Nature Network
Bill Kilburn is the leader of the Back to Nature Network, Ontario’s provincial organization representing the international children and nature movement. Among achievements, Bill co-chaired the creation of the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter with Ontario’s provincial gove... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)

10:00am

People to the Parks: Activating Urban Green Space
Limited Capacity filling up

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

What strategies can be used to bring urban communities to parks and green spaces? This roundtable session will explore the ways in which barriers can be overcome to make parks part of the everyday lives of children, families and communities. 

Moderator
avatar for Jesús Aguirre

Jesús Aguirre

Superintendent Seattle Parks & Rec, Seattle Parks & Recreation
Jesús Aguirre has served as the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation since June 2015. Aguirre began his career as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles in the 1990s and most recently, served as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia... Read More →
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Amanda O'Rourke

Senior Advisor & Board Liaison, 8 80 Cities

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Oak (2nd Floor)

10:00am

Urban Stewardship to Foster a Sense of Place and Belonging
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Roundtable sessions focus on strategies for nature connection in urban areas for children, families and communities.

How do people come together on urban public lands to forge community connections through stewardship? This roundtable session will explore the ways in which stewardship fosters a sense of belonging among children, families and communities. 

Moderator
avatar for Cecil van den Bosch

Cecil van den Bosch

Professor, Dept of Forest Resource Mgmt, University of British Columbia
Cecil is a professor of urban forestry at the University of British Columbia. Research and education on the importance of nature to urban residents are his passion, with specific focus on the role of trees and forests. He has authored several books, including 'The City and the Fo... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Charles

Cheryl Charles

Consultant & CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl was recently named Research Scholar and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a... Read More →
avatar for Milton McClaren

Milton McClaren

Professor, Simon Fraser University
Environmental Education, Effective Communication about Environment Topics and issues, Urban Experiences for Children and Adults, Graduate Studies in Environmental Education and Research related to Children in Nature and EE in general

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)

10:00am

Community Based Partnerships: Connecting with Your Local Zoo or Aquarium
Limited Capacity filling up

Join us as we walk over to the Vancouver Aquarium to learn about how you can team up with your local zoo or aquarium to offer unique opportunities to connect children with nature in your community. As connecting to nature has become a priority for zoos and aquariums, community partnership opportunites abound. You will learn about the exciting nature play programs for families available through the Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium initiative — and then you can experience it first-hand at the aquarium. (The Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s initiative, Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium is supported by the Walt Disney Company.) 

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Chong

Stephanie Chong

Coordinator, Curriculum Programs, Vancouver Aquarium
My current interests are in inquiry-based learning, both in curricular and non-curricular programming in museum settings. I am passionate about increasing science literacy for students, families, and communities, particularly through conservation, stewardship, and citizen-scienti... Read More →
avatar for Heidi Faris

Heidi Faris

Grant Coordinator, Nature Play Begins, Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Heidi Faris is the Nature Play Begins Grant Coordinator for AZA, serving on the AZA Nature Club Task Force Committee. Heidi received her MEd. in EE with a focus on Fostering Attitudes of Empathy in Children through Play Experiences in a Zoo Setting. Over the past 10 years she con... Read More →
avatar for Megan Malaska Medley

Megan Malaska Medley

Curator of Bronx Zoo Education, Wildlife Conservation Society - Bronx Zoo
Megan Malaska Medley is the Manager of Bronx Zoo Education, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). She has worked at the Cape May County Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, and SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort before returning to WCS as Manager of Education at the... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Vancouver Aquarium

11:30am

Network, pick up lunch and transition to afternoon field trips and walkshops.
Reconvene for lunch and afternoon logistics.

Wednesday April 19, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

12:00pm

Lunch
Please note: Meals are listed on the schedule for your information only. You do not need to add it to your schedule. 

Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Field Trip: Green School Grounds in Metro Vancouver
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this field trip, travel to recently-greened school grounds in West and North Vancouver for on-the-ground inspiration and understanding of what it takes to develop a successful green school grounds program. You will have an opportunity to see outdoor classrooms, playgrounds, and food gardens in action at three schools, hearing from the teachers, administrators, and parents who helped create them. You will learn about the process of greening school grounds from design to installation. Hosted by Evergreen’s Executive Director Cameron Collyer and design consultant Caron Cheng, we will visit the outdoor classroom at École Pauline Johnson, the nature and active playground at Highlands Elementary, and the school ground market garden at Sutherland Secondary. 

Max Capacity: 30

Speakers
avatar for Cam Collyer

Cam Collyer

Executive Director, Programs, EVERGREEN
Cam is the Executive Director, Programs at Evergreen, overseeing and developing Evergreen’s evolving national suite of programs that connect Canadians with nature. This includes the award-winning national school ground greening program—Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds—as well as... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Field trip - Bus outside Westin

12:00pm

Field Trip: Modern Playgrounds in Natural Settings: A Gateway to Engaging Children with the Natural World
Limited Capacity seats available

Traditional playground equipment can be found in diverse settings, sometimes surrounded by natural elements and other times placed in cement blocks. All offer opportunities for children to connect to nature. Visit two urban playgrounds in Vancouver and join the conversation on the that role playground designers, parents, educators and park planners can play in creating links to the natural world through play. Parks feature play equipment built by Landscape Structures and Habitat Systems.

Max Capacity: 35 

Speakers
avatar for Shawna Babcock

Shawna Babcock

Co-ordinator / Executive Director, Outdoor Play Canada / KidActive
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Tim Barrett

Regional Sales Manager, Landscape Structures
avatar for Monica Lopez Magee

Monica Lopez Magee

Director, Natural Families, Children & Nature Network
Monica has turned a love of the outdoors into a career promoting nature exploration, environmental education, and stewardship. Through her sixteen years of nonprofit work, she has been involved in all stages of program implementation and development from spearheading youth educat... Read More →
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Jeffery Musson

Principal, Habitat Systems


Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Field trip - Bus outside Westin

12:00pm

Field Trip: Nature Connection through Outdoor Learning Gardens for All: Diversity and Inclusion
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

By their nature, gardens embody diversity. This field trip explores the cultural significance and value of learning gardens for diverse communities in restoring and reclaiming their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and resilience through stories, myths, nature connection, and practical examples. This on-site workshop will engage participants in dynamic, creative, community garden-based learning at the UBC Orchard Garden. Participants will leave with actionable strategies and inspiration for initiating community-collaborative, inclusive learning gardens. This workshop features garden researcher/practitioners bringing indigenous, multicultural, and urban perspectives from four different learning gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Participants will: (a) share cultural stories of hands-on engagement with garden-based learning; (b) practice the art of poem-making and cordage with the use of harvested site materials; and (c) use patterns from nature to capture permaculture-inspired wild design activities. Dress for the outdoors. An herbal tea will be served.

Max Capacity: 40 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gerofsky

Susan Gerofsky

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Pedagogy, UBC
I bring experience in a number of fields to an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to environmental education, curriculum theory and mathematics education. My embodied, arts-based approach to mathematics and environmental education is informed by my background in linguistics a... Read More →
avatar for Marna Hauk

Marna Hauk

Postdoctoral Scholar and Faculty, Prescott College and Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies
Dr. Marna Hauk is a permaculturist and regenerative designer catalyzing outdoor experiential engagement through sustainability education and the arts for more than three decades. She has worked with gifted learners in nature poem-making, modeling ecotopian communities out of recy... Read More →
avatar for Judy BlueHorse Skelton

Judy BlueHorse Skelton

Faculty, Portland State University Indigenous Nations Studies
Judy has worked with federal, state and local Native organizations and tribes throughout the Northwest for more than 20 years, creating cultural activities focusing on traditional and contemporary uses of native plants for food, medicine, ceremony, and healthy lifeways. She is a co-founder of the Inter-Tribal Gathering Gardens, http://gardenwarriorsgoodseeds.com/2014/10/14/native-america-youth-and-family-center-naya-indigenous-gardens-and-food-justice-and-the-intertribal-gathering-garden-portland-or/ Judy is author of six collections of essays for teachers, including Native America: A Sustainable Culture (1999), and Lewis... Read More →
avatar for Dilafruz Williams

Dilafruz Williams

Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Dilafruz Williams is Professor and cofounder of Leadership for Sustainability Education, a Master’s program and Learning Gardens Laboratory with dozens of partnerships. Dilafruz is passionate about gardening and connecting schools, students, teachers, and parents with soil and food. | | In 2014, she was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for Science in the Learning Gardens, for middle schools. Her second co-authored book is "Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life" (Routledge, 2012). Elected city-wide, she served on the Portland School Board, 2003-2011. | | Recipient of several prestigious awards, Dilafruz has degrees from Bombay, Syracuse, and Harvard Universities in the sciences, public administration, and philosophy of education... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Field trip - Bus outside Westin

12:00pm

Field Trip: Sustainable Communities Field School: Gardens for Green Cities
Limited Capacity filling up

This field trip offers an outdoor sensory exploration in a beautiful botanical garden on the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. The Sustainable Communities Field School (SCFS) is a community-based research and education program hosted at UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver. This innovative program is designed to engage local businesses, community groups and families to learn about sustainability and inspire them to adopt sustainable habits in their daily lives. Hosted in collaboration with the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation and the UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, the program has a significant research mandate to evaluate the impact of the education on people's values, behaviours and knowledge of sustainability.

Located on unceded Musqueam Territory of the Coast Salish First Nations, UBC Botanical Garden is home to a diverse plant collection which includes indigenous species and ecosystems representing the Pacific Northwest. Using an outdoor classroom in one of Vancouver's oldest food demonstration gardens and the Greenheart TreeWalk (a canopy walkway bridge), the curriculum addresses topics including sustainable food systems, biodiversity conservation, waterwise management and waste reduction. Focusing on a fun and interactive atmosphere, the tour includes hands-on activities that allow people of all ages to access nature. 

Max Capacity: 50 

Speakers
avatar for Tara Moreau

Tara Moreau

Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden


Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Field trip - Bus outside Westin

12:30pm

Walkshop: Engaging Students with Nature through Environmental Stewardship Projects
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Discover a step-by-step process that effectively leads teachers and students through project-based learning in the schoolyard, from identifying a testable environmental question to transforming it into research, testing to collect and analyze data, and conducting a student-designed intervention. Participants will visit near-by Stanley Park to explore and compare Coal Harbor and Lost Lagoon, investigate conditions and impacts, sample water quality, determine whether any problems exist, and develop a project that is specific to this location. Case studies of exemplary class projects will also be shared, and participants will gain tools and techniques to facilitate student-driven investigations and environmental stewardship. The session will be jointly presented by the Kwiaht Center for the Historic Ecology of the Salish Sea and the CPF Institute for Transformative Teaching.

Max Capacity: 40 

Speakers
avatar for Russel Barsh

Russel Barsh

Exec Director, Kwiaht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea
Russel Barsh studied human ecology and law at Harvard, where he studied with biologist Stephen Jay Gould and psychologist Jerome Bruner. He taught at the University of Washington, Dartmouth, and New York University; worked as an adviser to United Nations agencies; represented American Indian cultural and educational leaders as a lawyer and lobbyist; and served three Canadian Royal Commissions. In 2001 he returned to the Pacific Northwest and his roots in science and education, organizing... Read More →
avatar for Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel

Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is Board Chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on the boards of her... Read More →
avatar for Karan Wood

Karan Wood

Director, CPF Institute, Captain Planet Foundation
Karan launched and manages the CPF Institute at Captain Planet Foundation, the mission of which is to foster transformative change in science education that inspires, prepares, and empowers today's children to become the next generation of environmental stewards. The CPF Institu... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Seymour (Ground Floor)

1:00pm

Accepting Louv's Challenge! Make Your Local Schools-Your Community-The Best in the Nation in Connecting Kids to Nature!
Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Imagine your organization leading your community to recognition as “Best in the Nation for Connecting Kids to Nature.” This is the challenge Richard Louv issued to the world! Ohio Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Collaborative has accepted and is, in-turn, challenging schools nationwide to BE THE BEST SCHOOL FOR CONNECTING KIDS TO NATURE WHERE KIDS ARE HEALTHIER, HAPPIER AND SMARTER! Explore how Ohio is motivating schools to get kids outside putting the Ohio Outdoor Children's Bill of Rights to work. Imagine schools assigning homework to explore outside and get academic credit. Discover how this homework transforms families into bonding together outdoors. Imagine schools where every grade level has outdoor learning incorporating outdoor exploration, music, art. Imagine parks, libraries supporting this challenge providing outdoor play spaces and storybook trails. This interactive presentation will give you tools to lead schools in your community to be the BEST connecting kids to nature.

Max Capacity: 60

Speakers
avatar for Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton

Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton

Director of Environmental Education, Miami County Park District
Known as “Cinda Wind~ the gentle breeze~” by those who join her for fun, frolic, and learning in the outdoors, Cinda has been creating exciting learning experiences connecting people to nature as director/naturalist/educator for four decades. She is honored to have been recog... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Horvath

Douglas Horvath

Outdoor Education Coordinator, Five Rivers MetroParks
Presentation; "Accepting Louv's Challenge! Make Your Local Schools-Your Community-The Best in the Nation in Connecting Kids-Nature!" As a young child I had the good fortune to have parents that brought us camping, canoeing and sailing on many family outings around Huston Woods and Hocking Hills Ohio State Parks and to areas around Lake Michigan. Our family lived along the Wolf Creek near Brookville Ohio where I had woodlands, vegetable and flower gardens and a creek to play in while also Boy Scouts, friends and siblings all contributed to my sense of place and adventure... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)

1:00pm

Walkshop: Conducting an Outdoor Learning Resource Inventory at Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

In this workshop, participants will explore basic theory around outdoor and experiential learning, including how outdoor learning and outdoor education differ. Participants will venture outdoors to conduct an audit of outdoor spaces and consider how these spaces may be used by teachers (in/no/formal) for outdoor learning experiences to tie into the curriculum and pedagogy. By the end of the workshop, participants shall be prepared to return to their own schools, or learning contexts, and conduct an outdoor learning resource inventory with students, teachers, and administrators.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
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Hartley Banack

Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, UBC


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Discover How Educators Are Motivating Students and Families to Explore Nature Together!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Join the Canadian Wildlife Federation, National Geographic, and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre for a mini-BioBlitz experience. We’ll spend 10-15 minutes discussing what a BioBlitz is, then we'll walk to beautiful and diverse Stanley Park to explore several habitats: forest, pond, and intertidal. We’ll look for birds, insects, invertebrates, and more. Who can find the most critters? We’ll have BioBlitz kits on hand, and we’ll be showing participants how to use the iNaturalist app. Enthusiasts: download iNaturalist on your smartphone or tablet and try it out today! This adventure will take place rain or shine, so come prepared.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Mary Ford

Mary Ford

Senior Manager, Citizen Science, National Geographic
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Andrea Gardner

Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
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Jonathan R Hultquist

Manager of Public Programs, Vancouver Aquarium
Ocean conservation. Experiential education. Nature play. Fundraising. Collaboration.


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)

1:00pm

Walkshop: Emammal: Exploring Nature with Students through Camera Trapping
Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Curriculum-linked, outdoor, citizen science projects offer the dual benefits of getting students outside exploring, and increasing their academic achievements. The project eMammal takes students outside, exploring places to position camera traps in forest patches within local neighborhoods. They predict animal species, observe cover, and look for signs of human impact. Later, students retrieve the camera, download the images, and identify the animals photographed. After sharing images to a database, students ask deeper questions about the natural world, leading them back to reposition the camera. Project participants gain a deep understanding of their local natural world and become supporters of conservation efforts. Join us to try your hand at positioning a camera trap, examining camera trap images and exploring the outdoors near the conference site. This group, featuring a scientist, a teacher using the project, and a museum educator, will provide concrete examples from eMammal across North Carolina, India, and Mexico, over the past 3 years. This project can be used as a model for new curriculum linked to outdoor activities as well as curriculum being implemented in other settings such as parks and backyards.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
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Elizabeth D. Baird

Chief, School and Lifelong Education, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Cathy Belair

Teacher, Valley Springs Middle School
Experiential education is essential to students' learning. Discovering concepts through guided exploration and self-reflection is effective and builds long-term understanding. Spending time outdoors is good for the body, mind and soul and needs to be a priority among educators.
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Stephanie Schuttler

Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Stephanie Schuttler is a mammalogist with strong interests in animal behavior, molecular, and movement ecology, especially applied research that impacts the conservation of threatened and endangered species. She is working with North Carolina teachers under the Students Discover... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Exploring a Sense of Place - How to Create Your Own Local Program for Reconnecting with Nature
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Exploring a Sense of Place will help you with your own process of discovery and reconnection with the natural world where you live. You will gain an understanding of every ecosystem as having its own deep time geologic story and weather and climate patterns resulting in the particular plant and animal wildlife as well as indigenous wisdom from people living connected to place over thousands of years.

The session shows how Exploring a Sense of Place progresses through every season, in every weather — and how by doing this program together, we form community, deepen our roots with those around us and create new patterns of awareness in our lives.

Our time together includes an immersion experience in near-by Stanley Park with a naturalist and your own copy of an Exploring a Sense of Place guidebook that will deepen you in your own process of awakening to the place where you live.

Max Capacity: 20 

Speakers
avatar for Karen Harwell

Karen Harwell

Director, Exploring a Sense of Place
As an explorer of places where we live, I have become aware that we have oriented ourselves as a species ignoring our relationship with our fuller context - our ecosystem, which supports our living here. We did not come into this world. We came out of it, like buds out of branch... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Hands-On Stewardship: Service Project at Stanely Park
Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

The Stanley Park Ecological Society and C&NN's Natural Leaders invite you to join us in hands-on stewardship! By participating in this volunteer service project, you will learn about and make an important contribution to habitat and wildlife conservation efforts in Stanley Park, all while working in a beautiful outdoor setting. You will learn about Vancouver's invasive species and the important role of invasive species management. Most importantly, you will take action to promote biodiversity, creating valuable habitat for native wildlife by removing invasive species.

Max Capacity: 30

Speakers
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CJ Goulding

Lead Organizer, Natural Leaders Network
CJ is a passionate, creative, and energetic professional working to develop connections in and between people, and the connection between communities and the outdoors. As the Lead Organizer for the Natural Leaders Network, he strives to support a national network of over 250 mill... Read More →
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Kari Pocock

Stewardship Coordinator, Stanley Park Ecology Society
Kari is the Stewardship Coordinator with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), where her passion for environmental sustainability and collaborative problem-solving drives her to connect people with nature through mindful stewardship and creative engagement. She studied Environ... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Play
Limited Capacity filling up

"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.

Max Capacity: 40 

Speakers
avatar for Rusty Keeler

Rusty Keeler

Earthplay
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 →

Sponsors

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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Hike it Baby Urban Stroll Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Hike it Baby is an organization dedicated to getting families with birth to school age on trails and into parks from the youngest age possible. Our crowdsourced hike experience can be found in 300 cities around North America. The structure of the hikes create a safe and supported hiking experience for everyone with babies and little children to get outdoors. We support freeunstructured play and creative outdoor experiences with little ones.

For the Children & Nature Network Hike it Baby experience we will be doing a 4KM urban stroll/hike to Stanley Park. This will be lead by Hike it Baby Founder, Shanti Hodges and local Hike it Baby Branch Ambassadors Yazmin Vasquez and Catherine Gutzbrenner.

Max Capacity: 25 

Speakers
avatar for Shanti Hodges

Shanti Hodges

Founder, Hike it Baby
A few years ago I had a baby and suddenly I found myself on a new path in life and I realized I had to make new friends quickly. But how does one make new friends with a newborn in tow? I asked a few women to hike with me and then more and more showed up every week. Now I have a... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Indigenous Plant Use
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Walk through the forest with an experienced First Nation guide of Coast Salish descent and learn about the traditional and present-day indigenous relationships with local flora and fauna. While there will be no collecting on these tours, Vancouver's Stanley Park offers a perfect setting to learn about sustainable harvesting. Join us on this walking tour to nurture yourself with nature and harmonize your well-being with the natural world.

Max Capacity: 20 

Speakers
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Lauraleigh Paul

First Nations Ecology Programmer, Stanley Park Ecology Society
Lauraleigh is of Coast Salish, Interior Salish, and Carrier First Nations descent.  In spring 2016, Lauraleigh joined SPES via her environmental monitoring practicum.  She passionately offers us her invaluable indigenous life experiences and integral teachings about Coast Salish historical interpretation and relevant present day interpretations to directly facilitate positive relationship building and ecological stewardship practices. She also generously shares a wealth of local flora and fauna use, teaching us how to nurture ourselves with nature, whether it be medicinal or practical, to harmonize our wellbeing with the natural... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Nature Education throughout the Seasons
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

The average child spends more than seven and a half hours in front of a glowing screen and less than 20 minutes per day engaged in unstructured outdoor play. Children today are more likely to remember the names of dozens of corporate logos than to identify even just a few local plant and mammal species. In this interactive workshop, educators Drew Monkman and Jacob Rodenburg will offer up examples of fun, hands-on strategies for reconnecting children to nature throughout each of the seasons. We’ll dance like bees, sing like frogs and learn how to become "bird whisperers.” These are just some of the ideas that can be found in Monkman and Rodenburg’s award winning new “Big Book of Nature Activities,”which will be featured in this workshop.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Drew Monkman

Drew Monkman

Nature writer
Drew Monkman (dmonkman1@cogeco.ca) is a retired French immersion teacher, naturalist and writer whose nature column, “Our Changing Seasons,” appears regularly in the Peterborough Examiner. He is the author of three books. Two explore what is happening in the natural world eac... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Rodenburg

Jacob Rodenburg

Executive Director, Camp Kawartha & the Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre
Jacob is the Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award winning outdoor education centre and summer camp. He holds a teaching certificate and a Master’s in Education. Jacob has worked in the field of outdoor education and camping for more than 25 years. Jacob received the On... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Risky Play: Part 1
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

This will be a valuable, introductory, two-part workshop for anyone who views children as competent, curious and capable and hopes to bring this value into how they support children’s outdoor play, with it’s inherent risks.This workshop is ideal for nature-based educators, early childhood educators, professionals in the recreation and camping sector, community developers, parents, playworkers, and grandparents.

Part One (Wednesday): The first workshop will focus on the evidence-base and philosophy of risk in children’s outdoor play. We will define “risky play”, examine the benefits of children having freedom in their play from an evidence-based perspective, and explore our ‘duty of care’ while supporting children to navigate risk. Part Two (Friday): [Prerequisite Wednesday workshop]

Max Capacity: 30

Speakers
avatar for Marlene Power

Marlene Power

Executive Director, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
Marlene Power founded the Carp Ridge Forest Preschool, Canada’s first outdoor, nature-based Forest Preschool, and created Forest School Canada, a national initiative to promote nature-based education through Forest School training, policy and research. Marlene first developed Forest School Canada as an initiative under the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada (CNAC). In December 2014 she was appointed Executive Director of the CNAC and she continues to lead Forest School Canada as a key program of CNAC. She also runs the Ottawa Forest and Nature School, the headquarters for CNAC, delivering Forest School programs to the Ottawa Carleton District School Board as well as the community. | Marlene studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dalhousie University, and is currently pursuing her... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: Stanley Park: Restoration Highlights
Limited Capacity filling up

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Take a tour of highlights of the restoration work taking place in Stanley Park including a mowed lawn-turned-wetland and a restored stand of native trees in the heart of the park. Your hosts, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, will take you on a five km (three miles) loop past iconic ocean vistas and ecologically significant features in Vancouver's most well-known park.

Max Capacity: 20

Speakers
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Dana McDonald

Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
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Nick Page

Biologist, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: The Floating Classroom: Academic Engagement through Outdoor Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

This workshop will help educators explore the options for integrating outdoor education with traditional classroom learning in their own communities. Wilderness Inquiry offers outdoor learning programs to schools, and works with districts and teachers to offer academic credit for students. Students deficient in content-area coursework engage with materials through outdoor place-based learning to recover missing credits in math, science, English, social studies, and physical education. Workshop attendees will learn strategies to implement outdoor education and work with schools/districts to develop place-based curricula. 

Max Capacity: 40 

Speakers
avatar for Meg Krueger

Meg Krueger

Wilderness Inquiry, Wilderness Inquiry
Meg Krueger is the Education Programs Manager at Wilderness Inquiry, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Meg has over ten years of experience in education and a lifetime love for outdoor adventures; she has found a happy marriage of the two through her work... Read More →
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Julie Storck

Associate Director, Wilderness Inquiry
Julie Storck is the Associate Director for Wilderness Inquiry leading development and program initiatives to make the outdoors accessible to all. She brings great perspective to the intersection of education, inclusion, and the outdoors. In addition to her work at Wilderness Inquiry, Julie has worked on statewide education initiatives with the Commission of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans and as a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing students. She also has experience with operations at Teach For America and served as an advisory board member for Minnesota Hands... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop: The Xwaaqw’um Project (Burgoyne Bay, Salt Spring Island)
Limited Capacity seats available
A sustainable vision is being developed to support a Coast Salish cultural learning hub at Xwaaqw’um as we strengthen our reciprocal relationships to the land (and sea). The focal point of the project is Indigenous youth mentorship as taught by local Hul’q’umi’num and Coast Salish Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Watch two five-minute films that highlight summer youth camps, student-based cultural days and community gatherings that have taken place at Xwaaqw’um over the last two years. Discussion will focus on how you can better understand and support local culturally appropriate learning in your classroom and community.

Max Capacity: 40
A sustainable vision is being developed to support a Coast Salish cultural learning hub at Xwaaqw’um as we strengthen our reciprocal relationships to the land (and sea). The focal point of the project is Indigenous youth mentorship as taught by local Hul’q’umi’num and Coast Salish Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Two five-minute films will highlight summer youth camps, student-based cultural days and community gatherings that have taken place at Xwaaqw’um over the last two years. Discussion will focus on how you can better understand and support local culturally appropriate learning in your classroom and community. Indoor/Outdoor

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
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Joe Akerman

Project Lead, Xwaaqw'um Project
Joe is of Cowichan and European descent. In his work with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), and as a leader of the Protect Grace Islet Group and Xwaaqw'um Project on Saltspring Island, he has incorporated grassroots leadership, inclusivity and cultural connections to effectively mobilize and reach out to Indigenous communities, the public... Read More →
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Hwiemtun (Fred Roland)

Elder, Xwaaqw'um Project
Born and raised in Khowutzun (the ‘Warm Land’) by a Coast Salish mother and Hawaiian lineage father, Hwiemtun (Fred Roland) received many teachings of his Coast Salish culture. Through spending many years with elders of his territory, Hwiemtun learned the cultural and spiritual traditions of his ancestors... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Stanley Salon 2 (2nd Floor)

1:00pm

Walkshop: Youth-Led Nature Adventures
Limited Capacity seats available

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

Scouts Canada offers youth from ages 5 to 26 opportunities to experience new things, have more adventures, and develop into confident and capable individuals better prepared for success in the world. Discover the simplicity of how we engage youth in "Learn by Doing" activities. Some of which are STEM-based while others are focused on self-exploration of our natural world and how youth understand their role within it. 

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Marc Chamberland

Marc Chamberland

Director of Program development, Scouts Canada
Having worked with children and youth since my teen years. I always love to hep our young people find a passion for the outdoors. As a scouter, I find myself lucky to help create a movement of youth inspiring other youth to get outside!
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Caitlyn Piton

National Youth Commissioner, Scouts Canada
I am 23 years old and the National Youth Commissioner for Scouts Canada. I also Chair the National Youth Network and am an Officer on the Board of Governors. I'm currently working towards a degree in Child and Youth Care and plan on pursuing Child Protection. I believe in the pow... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Walkshop:The CHANGE Adventure Camp - Building Life Skills by Going Outside
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

In the past, children and adults would spend several hours each week outdoors. This is no longer the case. The lure of technology and television, combined with longer work hours and busier schedules has created a problem. The CHANGE Adventure Camp was created to re-connect families with nature and each other through a range of outdoor adventure activities. During this highly interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the best of a CHANGE Adventure. Results of the evaluation and resources will be shared. Come outside and find your adventure!

Max Capacity: 25

Speakers
avatar for Doug Klein

Doug Klein

Family Physician
I am a family physician and researcher with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada. I am interested in the area of nutrition, physical activity and the health benefits of nature for both children and adults. I currently lead the research team CH... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Working at the Intersection of Social Justice and Environmental Education
"Walkshops" and workshops provide hands-on opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for connecting urban children to nature.

The session will engage participants in considering the new possibilities for environmental programming in urban areas by looking at the nature OF the city and how educators can leverage the complexities to promote stewardship. IslandWood's M.A.Ed in Urban EE prepares educational leaders with innovative approaches to navigate the intersection of social justice, socio-ecological well-being and education in cities. The program is committed to educating a diverse cadre of educational leaders who engage urban youth in place-based transformational learning and culturally responsive learning within a complex urban ecology.

Speakers
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Jaime Chong

Student/Urban Programs Educator, Islandwood
Jaime is currently residing on Bainbridge Island and completing her M.A. Ed in Urban Environmental Education with Islandwood in partnership with Antioch University Seattle. She believes in a life full of adventure, exploration, creative pursuits and getting outdoors as much as po... Read More →
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James King

Student, Antioch University/IslandWood
James E. King Jr has more than 9 years of experience coordinating environmental stewardship projects throughout the United States. Through his work, he has engaged and inspired well over 10,000 people to be active in outdoor recreation, sustainability, and environmental justice i... Read More →
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Cynthia Thomashow

Co-Director of Urban Environmental Education, IslandWood and Antioch University


Wednesday April 19, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)

3:00pm

3:00pm

Early Childhood Resource Hub - Open House
Network, share resources, and inform the development of a common agenda for helping young children connect to nature and care for the environment. Stop by the Coquitlam Room to pick up or drop off information about early childhood resources, share your interests or needs with other conference participants on the Early Childhood Message Board, and add your location and contact information to the Early Childhood Network Map.

Wednesday April 19, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Coquitlam Room (2nd Floor)

3:45pm

FILM TRAILER SHOWCASE

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.

Love Thy Nature

In the Light Productions, Inc.

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature, taking viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our vital relationship with the natural world. The film shows that a renewed connection with nature is key both to our health and to solving our environmental crisis. http://www.lovethynature.com

Children and Nature
Isabel Barros, Instituto Alana (Brazil)

This 5’20” film intends to present the issue of children and nature. It explores, in such a delicate and delightful way, the benefits of connecting children with nature-- for both children and for nature. https://vimeo.com/199354828

All The Time In The World
Drift Productions Inc.

The multi-award winning All The Time In The World is an inspiring, humorous and family-friendly documentary that chronicles life's natural unfolding when a family tries to live by the seasons instead of by the clock. Featuring the insights for three children (aged 10, 8 and 4), a family leaves the comforts of home to live for 9 months in the remote wilderness of the Canadian North.  They spend the long northern winter living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, no internet and not a single watch or clock. http://allthetimeintheworld.ca

Wednesday April 19, 2017 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

4:00pm

Brandwein Award presented to Robert Bateman
Robert Bateman, acclaimed artist, educator and advocate for the worldwide children and nature movement, will receive the prestigious Brandwein Award for his lifetime of work to connect people with nature. Brandwein Institute board members, Drs. Cheryl Charles and Bill Hammond, will present the award. Mr. Bateman will make a few remarks during this brief ceremony.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Charles

Cheryl Charles

Consultant & CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl was recently named Research Scholar and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a... Read More →
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William Hammond

Consultant, Natural Context
Taught in Lee County Schools and then Florida Gulf Coast University for 35 years. Received Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. Recently have been acting as volunteer Executive Director for the Calusa Nature Ceter and Planetarium in Fort Myers, FL. Have taught courses and summers... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

4:15pm

Keynote Address - From Rising Tide to Tsunami: Scaling the New Nature Movement

The emotional disconnect between people—especially children—and nature is one of the most pressing, overlooked crises of our time. Today the health of humans and the places they live is now under direct threat. Ecological sustainability—humanity living in a mutually enhancing relationship with the rest of nature—may well be impossible unless people care for the places they live. Yet here in the high-tech 21st Century, we’ve become more alienated from nearby nature than ever before. At this perilous moment in history, how can we broker a new human-nature relationship, one that embraces both technology and the natural world?

The answer, says Scott Sampson, is a dramatic scaling of the New Nature Movement. And this scaling, he argues, will occur only through deep, cross-sector collaborations encompassing K-12 schools, higher education, non-profits, government, and business. In particular, the recent trend toward place-based “learning ecosystems” has tremendous potential to redefine education and carry humanity toward a “rewilding” of both places and minds. At the heart of this transformation will be a much-needed mindshift, in which we transition from seeing ourselves as outside, above, and in control of nature to being embedded inside, and collaborating with, the natural world. In this presentation, Sampson outlines the key elements of this revolution, including promising examples and ways that we can all participate.


Speakers
avatar for Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson

President & CEO, Science World
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive.Scott’s scientific research has focused on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, and he has conducted fiel... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

5:15pm

Book Signing - Scott Sampson, Author, How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature.
Please note: This is for information only. You do not need to add this to your schedule to attend. Books will be available for purchase. 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson

President & CEO, Science World
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive.Scott’s scientific research has focused on the ecology and evolution of Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, and he has conducted fiel... Read More →


Wednesday April 19, 2017 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Bayshore Grand Foyer

7:30pm

Celebrate #NatureForAll!
All conference participants are invited to a nature-inspired event in celebration of the recently launched IUCN #NatureForAll movement. This fun-filled evening is the perfect opportunity to unwind and connect with conference participants and invited guests in a fun and relaxed setting. Join us for light snacks and drink, great dance music as well as themed hands-on nature and cultural activities for all to enjoy. You won’t want to miss it! #NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire love of nature. At its core is a very simple idea: the more that people experience, connect with, and share their love of nature, the more support and action there will be for nature's conservation.

Learn more at www.natureforall.global.

Wednesday April 19, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom
 
Thursday, April 20
 

7:00am

Registration and Check In
Check in to receive conference credentials and the latest conference schedule.

Registration and check in opens at 7 am and is available through out the day.  

Thursday April 20, 2017 7:00am - 7:15am
Bayshore Grand Foyer

7:00am

Breakfast
Following the Summit, dive into the premier gathering of the children and nature movement, designed to help you transform ideas into action. The conference features 9 dynamic tracks, inspiring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and opportunities to network with peers, activists and thought leaders.

Please note: Meals are listed on the schedule for your information only. You do not need to add it to your schedule. 

Thursday April 20, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

8:00am

FILM TRAILER SHOWCASE

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?
www.10summersdocumentary.com

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

8:15am

Plenary - Growing the Movement - Funders Panel
Funders will share current trends, funding priorities and challenges that impact the work of connecting children to nature. The intention of this session is to provide the funder's perspective in an informative way.

Moderator
avatar for Angie Chen

Angie Chen

Director, Blue Sky Funders Forum
Angie Chen is director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum. Prior to this role, she was an advisor to the Pisces Foundation. Angie previously managed a crosscutting environmental literacy program at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and oversaw grantmaking to connect California's youth... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kim Moore Bailey

Kim Moore Bailey

Executive Director, Youth Outside
Kim Moore Bailey, Oakland, CA, serves as the Executive Director for Youth Outside. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both professional and personal experiences, Kim focuses on Youth Outside’s strategic direction, grantmaking portfolio, and working to develop the critical connections required to engage underrepresented youth to nature and to encourage the capacity building of the organizations supported. Prior to joining Youth Outside, Kim served as Vice President for Outward Bound Inc., Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver, and was a Regional Manager for the Chicago Parks District. In these roles, she led programs to engage urban youth in the outdoors in new ways... Read More →
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Meriko Kubota

MEC
Meriko Kubota is the Director of Sponsorships and Community Investment at MEC, Mountain Equipment Co-op.  She oversees national sponsorships and new store opening activations, community investment programs including granting, partnerships and the Outdoor Nation program which inspires 18-35 years to be more active outdoors... Read More →
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Jason Morris

Senior Program Officer, Pisces Foundation
Jason is a Senior Program Officer at the Pisces Foundation, focusing on Environmental Education. In this role, Jason leads the Foundation’s grantmaking in environmental education and implements strategies to shape environmental education initiatives nationally. Jason was most recently Interim President and CEO at NatureBridge, which provides hands-on environmental education programs for children and teens. In that role, and previously as Executive Vice President of the organization, Jason oversaw all aspects of... Read More →
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Laura Turner Seydel

Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation
Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. Laura is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, which promotes hands-on environmental education projects worldwide. She is a director of and works with the Environmental Working Group to limit the toxic chemicals in food, air, water and consumer products. In 2004, she co-founded and is Board Chair of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, an official program of the American Lung Association Southeastern Region. In 1994, she and her husband co-founded Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on the boards of her... Read More →
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Karen Shelstad

Program Director, The Lawson Foundation
Karen leads program development for four of the Lawson Foundation’s funding programs and was instrumental in developing a strategic approach to its grant making. Karen also provides leadership for the Foundation’s nascent Impact Investing program. She has over 20 years experience in the not-for-profit sector working with foundations and national arts organizations. Prior to joining the Lawson Foundation, she held senior management positions at the Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As Associate Director at the London Community Foundation, Karen contributed to its growth and community impact by developing and managing strategic granting programs, financial systems and an investment management program for local charities. In addition to a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Toronto, Karen completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Western Ontario and post-graduate studies at the internationally renowned Hochschule... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 8:15am - 9:15am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

9:15am

Networking Break
Thursday April 20, 2017 9:15am - 9:45am
TBA

9:45am

Learning to Use Behavior Mapping to Capture and Assess Children’s Nature Play in Outdoor Environments
Limited Capacity filling up

Dramatic declines in outdoor and nature play have inspired initiatives to (re)design and (re)naturalize children’s environments. Installing appropriate natural play environments requires a better understanding of how children playfully interact with outdoor settings, and the features that are most conducive to developmentally-supportive play. Behavior mapping is a highly effective field observation method for studying children’s outdoor and nature play behaviors. This workshop provides a foundation in behavior mapping, covering effective strategies for preparing and conducting behavior mapping and selecting appropriate measures, and offering hands-on experience in coding and mapping children’s play behavior through mock observations.

Speakers
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Adina Cox

HumanNatureDesign Consultation
Dr. Adina Cox received her PhD in Design from North Carolina State University. Her dissertation was completed under the direction of Professor Robin Moore, and examined children and families’ use of pathways along greenways and in public parks. She holds degrees in Landscape Arch... Read More →
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Sarah Little

Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
Dr. Sarah Little is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, a registered landscape architect in the state of North Carolina, and holds a Ph.D. in Design from North Carolina State University. In her research, Sarah works to understand the ef... Read More →
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Janet Loebach

Environmental Design & Research Consultant, Thrive Design Consulting
I am an environmental design researcher and consultant based in Ontario, Canada, specializing in evidence-based, user-centred programming, design and evaluation of environments for special users, including children, seniors, and minority and Indigenous communities. My research... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

9:45am

Health-Promoting, Nature-Based, Urban Design Policy: Living Playgrounds, Community School Grounds, and Playful Pathways Networks
Limited Capacity filling up

What if families with children were the focus of health-promoting, nature-based, urban design policy? The strong, empirical link between children’s experiences in nature and their psychological well-being and overall development supports the need for intentional, evidence-based design of natural, free play spaces for children and families. Urban environments for children need to be high quality and compelling enough to motivate healthy, active lifestyles. Three relevant, policy-sensitive urban land uses serving children and families will be showcased: playgrounds; shared-use school grounds; and pathway networks (streets, greenways, and trails) connecting to residential neighborhoods. Infusing play along shared use urban pathways, green streets, greenways, rails-to-trails, and in parks can support active lifestyles of children and families. The session will feature recently-published resources containing best practice design principles, present case examples, offer implementation strategies (including partnerships for creating naturalized environments, and reflect on policy implications). Discover how naturalized spaces can attract children and families outdoors, promote physical activity, provide unique learning opportunities, increase play value, and reconnect children to the wonders of nature. Participants will leave with valuable design guidebooks to inspire action back home.

Speakers
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Nilda Cosco

Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University
Nilda Cosco, PhD, Research Associate Professor and Director of Programs, Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University. Dr. Cosco holds a degree in Educational Psychology, Universidad del Salvador, Argentina and a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, Heriot-Watt University / Edinburgh University, Scotland. In 2000, she cofounded the Natural Learning Initiative with Professor Robin Moore. She developed the statewide Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) project that she has co-directed since 2007... Read More →
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Robin Moore

Professor of Landscape Achitecture, NC State University
I’m co-founder (with Dr. Nilda Cosco)/director of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University. I have degrees in architecture (London) and city and regional planning (MIT). Since 2000, NLI has developed an environment & behavior, interdisciplin... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)

9:45am

Cultivating and Supporting Culturally Relevant Leaders
Limited Capacity filling up

Using findings from the Green 2.0 report (2014) on racial composition in environmental organizations to strengthen our forward-thinking organizational support models, Youth Outside (Oakland) and Education Outside (San Francisco) have built programs that create opportunities for underrepresented communities in the outdoors, and strengthen the field's capacity to support staff that represent the shifting demographics of this country. 

This presentation will discuss Youth Outside’s Outdoor Educators Institute and the Rising Leaders Fellowship as responses to the "green ceiling." We will explore the challenges, triumphs, and takeaways of each program and the ways in which they build and support a culturally-relevant workforce. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from Youth Outside’s program creation and management, as well as leave with activities to address and strengthen cultural relevancy within their own organizations. Additionally, participants will learn how Education Outside not only hires a more representative corps, but develops educators to be culturally relevant so they have the tools to successfully engage and connect with their students in the outdoor classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Moore Bailey

Kim Moore Bailey

Executive Director, Youth Outside
Kim Moore Bailey, Oakland, CA, serves as the Executive Director for Youth Outside. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both professional and personal experiences, Kim focuses on Youth Outside’s strategic direction, grantmaking portfolio, and working to develop the critical connections required to engage underrepresented youth to nature and to encourage the capacity building of the organizations supported. Prior to joining Youth Outside, Kim served as Vice President for Outward Bound Inc., Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Denver, and was a Regional Manager for the Chicago Parks District. In these roles, she led programs to engage urban youth in the outdoors in new ways... Read More →
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Marielle Narcisa

Volunteer Manager, Education Outside
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Rena Payan

Program Manager, Youth Outside
Youth Outside's Program Manager, Rena Payan is tasked with working toward equity and representation in the outdoor field by supporting young adults from diverse backgrounds through programs that will develop them into outdoor leaders, stronger community advocates, and more confid... Read More →
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Jimmy Simpson

Professional Development Manager, Education Outside
Jimmy is currently in his third year at Education Outside working as a Program Manager of science and garden education programs at multiple public elementary schools throughout San Francisco. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he studied Environmental Studies... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Seymour (Ground Floor)

9:45am

Strengthening Bonds: Understanding Family Dynamics, Habits and Bonding in Nature Play
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

As our time in interaction with significant others and in nature declines, mental health providers, educators, researchers, and parents are wondering what this may mean for children’s development and their ultimate wellbeing.

Anne Stewart, professor of psychology and practicing family and play therapist at James Madison University, Virginia, USA, will share the evidence for the negative impact of less play time and less time in nature for children, families, and communities. She will describe how attachment theory supports nature-based play activities to promote attachment and regulation. Theory will be coupled with Brad and Bree Rudner, two parents with a background as wilderness guides and teachers, personal account of having slipped away from nature break through the obstacles of young parenthood and lift the whole family by spending times outdoors. Finally, discover how Nature Play Queensland in Australia has embraced use of an app, developed by health and early education professionals, to help unlock the secrets of how and why playing in nature benefits children.

The organizational narrative, use of the app, and the personal account provide research and experience based knowledge to support time outdoors as a family health and bonding retreat.

Moderator
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Monica Lopez Magee

Director, Natural Families, Children & Nature Network
Monica has turned a love of the outdoors into a career promoting nature exploration, environmental education, and stewardship. Through her sixteen years of nonprofit work, she has been involved in all stages of program implementation and development from spearheading youth educat... Read More →

Speakers
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Hyahno Moser

Program Manager, Nature Play Queensland
Like most children of his generation, Hyahno spent most of his leisure time outside, therefore it came as no surprise to his family when he choose a career in Outdoor Education. For 10 years, Hyahno was involved in devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through... Read More →
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Bree Rudner

COO & Co-Founder of Family By Nature, Curanex Inc.
I've been a nature lover all my life, spending time outside with my family growing up. As a young adult, I worked as an outdoor educator, wilderness guide, canoe and kayak instructor and more. My journey took me away from nature for many years as my husband and I settled into l... Read More →
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Brad Rudner

CEO & Co-Founder of Family by Nature, Curanex Inc.
Brad Rudner runs Curanex Inc., an agency specializing in health and wellness management consulting and team building. He leverages his diverse background and training to improve key performance indicators and enhance corporate culture. He is the co-founder of Family By Nature, wh... Read More →
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Anne Stewart

Professor, James Madison University
Tell me how you developed a 'heart for children' and love of nature. Tell me about one of your favorite times in nature. Tell me your aspirations and plans to create opportunities for children to connect with others and with nature. | I am a child and family play therapist wit... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Oak (2nd Floor)

9:45am

Diapers In the Forest: Fostering Learning Skills for Success Beginning In the Early Years
Limited Capacity filling up

Forest schools for toddlers as a fertile ground for developing learning skills such as grit, curiosity and self-regulation.

Academic skills are being taught to increasingly younger students. The current educational climate, which stresses the importance of rigorous learning in the preschool years in a traditional indoor setting, is impacting the mental, physical, and emotional health of the young child, while impeding the role of nature in children’s lives.

Educators from Raintree School believe in the critical role of forest schools and wild play in promoting academic achievement, and advocate for the importance of forest school, beginning in nursery, to foster learning skills that author Paul Tough calls noncognitive or “soft” skills. Skills such as grit, curiosity, and self-regulation, which are strongly cultivated during nature play, are gaining prominence as indicators fundamental for success. Recent research in neuroscience detailing the plasticity of toddler brains supports the high value of rich, sensory nature play in creating an environment that best supports learning success in young children.

Speakers
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Genevieve Ploch

Early Childhood Educator, Raintree School
Genevieve Ploch spent her childhood playing in creeks, trekking through the forest, and building snow forts during Midwestern winters. This love of nature is now shared with young children as an educator at Raintree School, a Reggio-Inspired Forest School in St. Louis, Missouri... Read More →
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Jenn Thrasher

Early Childhood Educator, Raintree School

Sponsors

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)

9:45am

Using Experiential Education to Advance a Conservation Ethic Across the Spectrum
Limited Capacity filling up
This session will highlight best practices around using experiential education as a way to advance a conservation ethic. It will include some of the programs that the Candian Wildlife Federation runs. CWF is very interested in hearing your ideas, experiences and stories. Bring your thinking caps and come prepared to learn and share.
This session will highlight best practices around using experiential education as a way to advance a conservation ethic. It will include some of the programs that the Canadian Wildlife Federation runs. CWF is very interested in hearing your ideas, experiences and stories. Bring your thinking caps and come prepared to learn and share.

Moderator
avatar for Mike Bingley

Mike Bingley

Director of Education (Acting), Canadian Wildlife Federation
Mike has been working to connect Canadians to Nature for more than 20 years. Mike has developed programs that have connected hundreds of thousands of Canadians with nature, including CWF’s Brighter Futures for Wildlife programming. | | Over the course of Mike’s career... Read More →

Speakers
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Andrea Gardner

Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
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Melissa Lefebvre

Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
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Jon Wiersma

Education Project Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation

Sponsors

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Stanley Salon 2 (2nd Floor)

9:45am

Creative Collaborations
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn about practical, successful approaches to collaborative efforts to advance the children and nature movement. #NatureForAll is a campaign launched by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature with more than 120 partners worldwide, and you can join. The Nature Playbook is one of the resources developed by #NatureForAll Partners, a model for others. State and provincial strategic plans offer another solid model, with Texas’ example a strong case study. Ontario’s and others’ efforts to establish charters for children’s rights to nature offer a vision and an approach to collaborative efforts that encourage a nature-rich future for all.

Moderator
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Cheryl Charles

Consultant & CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl was recently named Research Scholar and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a... Read More →

Speakers
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Jennifer Bristol

Director, Texas Children in Nature
Jennifer Bristol is the state director for Texas Children in Nature which connects over 375 organizations with the children in nature movement in Texas. She created award-winning conservation education curriculum and youth development programs for Camp Fire. She served as a natu... Read More →
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Karen Keenleyside

Parcs Canada/Parks Canada
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Bill Kilburn

Program Manager, Back to Nature Network
Bill Kilburn is the leader of the Back to Nature Network, Ontario’s provincial organization representing the international children and nature movement. Among achievements, Bill co-chaired the creation of the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter with Ontario’s provincial gove... Read More →
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Chloe Dragon Smith

Connecting a New Generation with Nature, Canadian Parks Council
Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman from the small northern city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her nature-filled upbringing shaped her values today. Today, Chloe holds a degree in Earth Science from the University of Victoria. While educated in Science, she is kee... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Cypress 2 (2nd Floor)

9:45am

Amplifying Voices on the Outside: Highlighting Equitable Engagement of Youth in Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

Setting the stage around equity and inclusion, attendees will learn about specific tools to equitably engage youth in nature. The session will highlight youth engagement programs that give voice to foster youth and queer youth in the nature movement, voices that are often underrepresented.

Moderator
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Mikaela Randolph

Director, Cities and Nature, Children & Nature Network
Mikaela is the Director of Cities and Nature with the Children & Nature Network. In this role, she provides technical assistance to cities across the country to address equitable access to nature.

Speakers
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Maddie Dineen

Graduate Student, Huxley College of the Environment
Currently I am the Environmental Education Program Coordinator at Camp Fire Samish in Bellingham, WA as well as a staff member of Western Washington University conducting work study with Dr. Nicolas Stanger. My work with Camp Fire Samish involves curriculum development of an envi... Read More →
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Ava Holliday

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
Ava believes in this work because she believes a more sustainable future is dependent on simultaneously working towards social and environmental justice. As a result, she has devoted the last six years to researching and working in this field. Currently a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Washington in the department of Anthropology, Ava designed and implemented a research project that investigates diversity and inclusion efforts in American environmentalism, specifically in outdoor education at the National Outdoor Leadership School. In addition to her research, she has designed and taught several of her own university level courses, which cover topics such as power, identity, environmentalism, health, and wilderness. Beyond her academic life, Ava puts her knowledge into practice by working as an outdoor educator and consultant for organizations that have a focus on diversity and inclusion. Ava is constantly excited about this work, whether it is being done at universities, in the field, or in an office. In particular, she enjoys that this work requires intentional community building and knowledge gathering. She is grateful to everyone who has contributed to her learning and is excited to contribute to... Read More →
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Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
We build capacity within organizations in the outdoor, conservation, environmental education, youth development, and camp space to engage in meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Talk to me about DEI training, presentations, webinars, resources, climate/cultu... Read More →
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Elyse Rylander

Executive Director, OUT There Adventures
Elyse has worked outside with people from all walks of life since she was 16. Her passion for creating nature-based experiences that increase accessibility, interest and fun for every person has taken shape in many projects. Most recently Elyse has undertaken the co-creation of t... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Cypress 1 (2nd Floor)

9:45am

International Policy and Advocacy on Children and Nature: The Growing Political Movement to Connect all Youth to Nature
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

There is a growing political movement to connect children and youth to nature, from the Obama’s Administration’s Every Kid in a Park initiative to numerous examples across the globe. Today's policymakers are seeing a budding constituency that wants to make sure that the next generation of youth have access to green space, a healthy environment and are inspired to become the next stewards. Please join this session to see examples of how this movement is taking shape across the globe

Moderator
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Martin LeBlanc

Children & Nature Network

Speakers
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Rick Bates

CEO/EVP, Canadian Wildlife Federation
Rick Bates is the CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canada’s largest conservation charity.  CWF has been a leader in experiential education and connecting people to nature for over 30 years. Through its educator professional development and youth involvement programs, CWF trained over a third of... Read More →
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Griffin Longley

CEO, Nature Play WA
Griffin Longley, Bio | Chief Executive Officer, Nature Play WA | Griffin Longley is the CEO of Nature Play WA, an inaugural Board Member of the WA Parks Foundation, an award winning journalist, a former weekly columnist with The West Australian Newspaper, and the founder of a... Read More →
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Jackie Ostfeld

Director, Nearby Nature & Chair, OAK, Sierra Club & OAK


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)

11:00am

Networking Break
Thursday April 20, 2017 11:00am - 11:15am
TBA

11:15am

The Health Benefits of Nature: An Evidence-Based Medical Review of the Literature
Limited Capacity full
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There is increasing literature on the connections between nature and human health. This is particularly relevant as our cities—and the Earth—struggle with the increased pressures of an urbanized landscape. Scientific evidence is important for informing policy decisions on educational programming, community initiatives, and urban design of the built environment. We therefore present a comprehensive, critical review of the possible human health benefits of nature exposure, including: increased physical activity in children with associated decreased obesity; improved social cohesion and community well-being; healthier pregnancies and birth weights; decreases in myopia rates; improvements in cognitive/academic functioning, attention, personal resiliency, and psychological wellness; decreased lengths of hospital admissions; and spiritual re-connection with our world at the end-of-life. The Hygiene Hypothesis and the Biodiversity Hypothesis are discussed as overarching themes that are being considered to tie these nature-health benefits together. Finally, we will discuss knowledge gaps and next research steps to address them.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Klein

Doug Klein

Family Physician
I am a family physician and researcher with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada. I am interested in the area of nutrition, physical activity and the health benefits of nature for both children and adults. I currently lead the research team CH... Read More →
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Clark Svrcek

Family Physician
I am currently a locum family physician recently graduated from the University of Calgary, but I also wear the hats of environmental engineer, explorer, husband, and father. I have interests in both qualitative and quantitative research, the most recent being the role that ‘to... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

11:15am

Connecting Nature to the Walking Movement: Policies and Programs to Expand Your Reach
Limited Capacity seats available

Until recently, nature connections and the walking movement didn’t overlap. There are now many organizations, policies and programs merging the two to create culturally relevant, health-promoting and equitable access to nature. Come hear how some of these organizations bringing these two sectors together through an engaging dialogue to mutually advance the nature and walking movements.

Moderator
avatar for Jaime Zaplatosch

Jaime Zaplatosch

Director, Green Schoolyards, Children & Nature Network

Speakers
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Carmen Harris

Chief of Social Impact and Strategic Partnerships, GirlTrek
Carmen is chief of GirlTrek's Social Impact and Strategic Partnerships team where she monitors the social, psychosocial, and behavioral impact of GirlTrek's program on African-American women and communities. Carmen is also charged with identifying and engaging national and intern... Read More →
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Katherine Kraft

Executive Director, America Walks
Kate is the Executive Director for America Walks. She is a recognized expert in how structural environments impact health, and serves as a spokesperson for the emerging “Active Living” movement. Her past work resulted in collaboration between transportation, planning, design, and public health professionals to identify new methods of place-making for health. A hallmark of... Read More →


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

11:15am

The Inspire Initiative: Empowering Colorado Youth to Develop Strategies for Strengthening Their Connections to Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

Great Outdoors Colorado launched the "Inspire Initiative" in 2015. This innovative grant program engages Colorado youth in identifying barriers to nature access in their communities and in developing localized strategies to address those barriers. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the ongoing planning processes in sixteen Colorado communities and the innovative strategies proposed for funding to date. As a case study, we will also look into the youth engagement and planning methods utilized in Garfield County, Colorado.

A diverse coalition of entities in Garfield county, including several nonprofit organizations that provide outdoor programming and services to children, formed to apply for "Inspire Initiative" planning funding. The grant funds an 18-month youth participatory planning effort through which the coalition must identify new or improved Places, Programs and Pathways for accessing nearby nature. In this presentation, we will examine the challenges and opportunities presented by employing a coalition-based, youth-led planning process to address access to nature.

We will also highlight how a partnership between GOCO and the Natural Leaders Network has supported the growth of some of these Inspire youth leaders through the Colorado Regional Legacy Camp.

Moderator
avatar for Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez

Director, Natural Leaders and Leadership Development
Juan is a nationally-recognized and award-winning environmental justice activist whose childhood was transformed by the power of nature. He is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ambassador for The North Face, and serves on the Wilderness Society Board of Directors.

Speakers
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Rebecca Colbert

Landscape Architect and Researcher, MIG Inc.
Rebecca Colbert is a licensed landscape architect and researcher at the design and planning firm MIG in Denver, Colorado. Her work centers on the development of innovative children’s environments in a broad range of settings from parks and zoos to schools and urban corridors. Sh... Read More →
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Jackie Miller

Director of Youth Initiatives, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
Jackie has worked to implement GOCO’s mission for more than a decade. Through various roles, Jackie implemented GOCO’s park and trail development programs and designed special initiatives such as the School Yard Initiative. Most recently, Jackie led GOCO’s 2015 statewide st... Read More →
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Carolyn Verheyen

Principal, MIG, Inc.
Social impact networks, policy and strategic planning, children's museums and zoos, organizational development, urban planning, collaborative support.


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Seymour (Ground Floor)

11:15am

Across the Ages: Addressing Age-Appropriate Engagement in Family Nature Clubs
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the unique aspects of family nature programs is the intergenerational engagement. Facilitating age-appropriate (child development, tweens, and parent involvement) play and activities can be a challenge. Participants will gain an understanding of theoretical perspectives and practical applications for engaging children of all ages and parents in the same outdoor experience. Research, perspective, tips, and specific activities will assist you in your adventures to keep parents, children, and teens involved while also improving family relationships, outdoor learning, and teen leadership skills.

Moderator
avatar for Monica Lopez Magee

Monica Lopez Magee

Director, Natural Families, Children & Nature Network
Monica has turned a love of the outdoors into a career promoting nature exploration, environmental education, and stewardship. Through her sixteen years of nonprofit work, she has been involved in all stages of program implementation and development from spearheading youth educat... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Heather Kuhlken

Heather Kuhlken

Founder/Director, Families in Nature
Families in Nature is a non-profit organization that connects families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing and volunteering outdoors. Our vision is to inspire all families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists... Read More →
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Tania Moloney

Founder, Nurture in Nature Australia
Tania Moloney is the Founder of Nurture in Nature Australia and she is passionate about helping families connect with nature and with each other. As a dairy farmers daughter, her childhood was filled with opportunities for outdoor adventures and she made (and ate) LOTS of mud p... Read More →
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Kristine Webber

former Executive Director, NatureKids BC (formerly Young Naturalists\' Club of BC)
Kristine is the former Executive Director of NatureKids BC, a charity that since 2000 has been getting children and families outdoors exploring, learning about and stepping up for nature with a program of volunteer nature clubs. Each year NatureKids BC creates more than 4000 indi... Read More →


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

11:15am

Get Outside and Play San Antonio!
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2011, a blue ribbon taskforce was convened by former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to identify the most effective method for improving the quality of education in San Antonio. In 2012, residents of San Antonio voted “yes” to the development of a program focused on delivering high-quality education to 22,400 Pre-Kindergarten four-year-old children that includes outdoor learning as a crucial component. This session will take participants through the journey of promoting the importance of the natural environment in the daily experiences of children, creating a nature movement in the community. Important features of the program include creating replicable, low-cost outdoor learning environments, and offering curriculum and professional learning opportunities for educators and community members. Participants will learn how four early childhood urban schools have extended their classrooms into the outdoor learning environment, while connecting children and their families to nature. In addition, participants will learn how to inspire and design experiential learning opportunities for educators to implement in schools.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lesley Balido-McClellan

Dr. Lesley Balido-McClellan

Assistant Director of Research and Innovation, City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Lesley Balido McClellan is an educational leader specializing in research and innovation to promote a holistic approach to the healthy development of the mind, body and spirit of all children in order to close achievement gaps in social-emotional well-being and academics. McClell... Read More →
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Adriana Becerra

Assistant Director, City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Adriana Becerra is a bilingual educational leader specializing in developing start ups into high quality programs through strategic planning, professional learning, research and innovation. She has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, 11 years of experience in the field... Read More →
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Sandy Weser

Director, City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Sandy Weser is an educational leader specializing in working with preschool children. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and 30 years of experience working with young children in both private and public schools in the San Antonio community. Weser was part of... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)

11:15am

Environmental History as the Spark for Natural History
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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.

Moderator
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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... Read More →

Speakers
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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 h... 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, wher... Read More →
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Robert Michael Pyle

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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 conservation and was Northwest Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy. Bob has since been active in the conservation of monarchs, Northwest wilderness and forest protection, and reconnecting children with nature. | | A professional writer for many years, Bob lives and studies butterflies in southwest Washington. His twenty books include the John Burroughs... Read More →

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

11:15am

All Children Need Nature: Examples from Around the World
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Throughout the world, many if not most children are disconnected from direct experiences with nature in their everyday lives. The movement to reconnect children, families and communities to nature is worldwide. Hear how countries are finding ways for children to play, learn and grow in and about the natural world, and participate in creative discussions about how the movement can deepen and expand while honoring cultural differences, economic challenges, and social priorities.

Moderator
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Cheryl Charles

Consultant & CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl was recently named Research Scholar and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a... Read More →

Speakers
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Janani Eswar

Founder, Growing in Nature (GRIN)
Janani Eswar is the co-founder of GRIN (Growing in Nature) a social enterprise that in incubated by ArtyPlantz in Bangalore, India. She finds innovative ways of blending theatre, public speaking, art, photography, naturalist studies, playfulness, ecopsychology and entrepreneurshi... Read More →
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Gill Mulholland

Education Specialist, Eden Project
Eden Project aims to connect people to each other and the living world through memorable experiences and transformational projects. I have worked at Eden since its conception in 1999. Initially, I developed the schools team and early education programme, which has now grown to we... Read More →
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Alexandra O'Rourke

Graduate Student, Royal Roads University
Alex’s current passion and work has a focus on building a connection to the natural world for children in the early years with an emphasis on family based nature experiences. Motivated in her new role as a parent, she developed a simple curriculum to engage Calgary families in... Read More →
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Simon Stroud

Manager Education and Interpretation, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
At NSW Office of Environment and Heritage I am fortunate enough to be involved in a number of advocacy and education programs that involved technology such as WilderQuest, Wild AboutWhales, self-guided tours and other campaigns that encourage people to connect with nature. Before... Read More →

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Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)

11:15am

Transforming Urban Spaces through Co-creation with the Community
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Too often, community engagement paints community organizations and residents as consumers rather than collaborators. This session highlights the creative work of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Great Urban Parks Campaign where initiatives are co-created with the community.

Moderator
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Mikaela Randolph

Director, Cities and Nature, Children & Nature Network
Mikaela is the Director of Cities and Nature with the Children & Nature Network. In this role, she provides technical assistance to cities across the country to address equitable access to nature.

Speakers
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Stephanie Bohr

Director, Community Innovation and Collaboration, Lincoln Park Zoo
Stephanie’s passion is using research and evaluation to develop innovative, impactful experiences that encourage diverse and marginalized audiences to explore nature with full access and measurable benefits. At Lincoln Park Zoo, she leads three distinct yet interrelated teams: Co... Read More →
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Angelou Ezeilo

Founder, Greening Youth Foundation
Angelou’s love for the environment stretches far back to when she was a little girl who had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, to summer in upstate New York. | | After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist for the New Jersey State Agriculture and Development Committee that Angelou embarked upon a career as an environmentalist. | | Angelou further honed her skills as a Project Manager for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) in both its New Jersey and Georgia offices. In her position, Angelou acquired land for preservation and worked on the New York/New Jersey Highlands Program, Parks for People-Newark, the New York/New Jersey Harbor Program in New Jersey, the Atlanta Beltline and the 20 County Regional Greenspace Initiative in Georgia. While at TPL, Angelou realized the disconnect between the land that was being preserved and the education of people about that... Read More →
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Lisa Hyatt

Manager, Community Engagement, Lincoln Park Zoo
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Lori Robertson

Director of Conservation, National Recreation and Park Association
As Director of Conservation Lori oversees NRPA’s conservation portfolio at NRPA. With background as a science educator in both public school and residential programming, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world. She comes to NRPA from the Student Conservation Association where she led... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Cypress 1 (2nd Floor)

11:15am

Bringing Vibrancy and Health to Urban Settings
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This session highlights three creative, innovative projects with practical ideas for replicating them in your community. Partners in the Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative developed a Create-With-Nature Cart as a prototype for a San Francisco Festival in an area in flux, filled with people from diverse backgrounds, often alienated from each other and the natural world, affecting their social, emotional, and physical well-being.  The Create-With-Nature Cart was created as a portable oasis for the public of all ages to collaboratively create, using natural materials. The Cart is a replicable model for bringing nature to city dwellers in a way that promotes a connection with the natural world, as well as human connections that foster vibrancy and health. Even among participants with no spoken language in common, the language of collaborative creativity and the natural world speaks clearly. Today the Create-With-Nature Cart is a structural anchor for a Create-With-Nature Zones in natural areas including a table-top surface for universal access by people with and without mobility limitations.

Jose Gonzalez will share the story of the making of "Estamos Aqui: A Celebration of Nature y Cultura." The film made its premiere at The White House in Washington DC and is being screened in National Parks across the country. The film celebrates the many ways the Latino culture overlaps with nature and conservation, and offers renewed excitement for encouraging diversity in the outdoors along with clear ideas and answers for entreating diverse communities in nature programming.

To demonstrate how green space can be used by healthcare professionals as an effective teaching and health promotion tool, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the US Forest Service, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and a large group of community partners formed a dynamic partnership in Conroe, TX. Together they created a nature-rich outdoor Nature Explore Classroom at the Lone Star Family Health Center. This is the first health center in the country to have a Nature Explore Classroom on its property.

Speakers
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Sara Espinoza

Managing Dir. Research & Best Pract., National Environmental Education Foundation
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José González

Executive Director, Latino Outdoors
José G. González is an experienced educator in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources... Read More →
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Damien Raffa

Environmental and Outdoor Education Manager, The Presidio Trust
For the past 25 years, Damien has designed and implemented projects and programs to provide urban children, youth and families engaging experiences and encounters with "nature in the city" (San Francisco). He's a lead collaborator with the San Francisco's participation nation-wid... Read More →
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Mary Roscoe

Coordinator, Children in Nature Collaborative
Mary Roscoe was part of the design team for the Create-with-Nature Cart for San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival in October 2016. In 2011 she was a project leader for the Natural Learning Project using create-with-nature as part of outside learning in an early chi... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)

12:30pm

Book Signing - Rusty Keeler, Author, Season of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder
Please note: This is for information only. You do not need to add this to your schedule to attend. Books will be available for purchase. 

Speakers
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Rusty Keeler

Earthplay
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 →


Thursday April 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bayshore Grand Foyer

12:30pm

Lunch
Please note: Meals are listed on the schedule for your information only. You do not need to add it to your schedule. 

Thursday April 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

12:30pm

Early Childhood Resource Hub - Open House
Network, share resources, and inform the development of a common agenda for helping young children connect to nature and care for the environment. Stop by the Coquitlam Room to pick up or drop off information about early childhood resources, share your interests or needs with other conference participants on the Early Childhood Message Board, and add your location and contact information to the Early Childhood Network Map.

Thursday April 20, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Coquitlam Room (2nd Floor)

1:00pm

Early Childhood Discussion: Leveraging Network Resources for Collective Impact
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Join us for a roundtable conversation about opportunities and challenges for leveraging network resources — including ideas, research, and expertise — for collective action at the early childhood level. This is also an opportunity to network, share resources, and inform the development of a common agenda for helping young children connect to nature and care for the environment. Organized by the Children & Nature Network in partnership with the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Moderator
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Emilian Geczi

Director, Natural Start Alliance, NAAEE
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Cathy Jordan

Director of Research, Children & Nature Network
Cathy Jordan, PhD is the consulting Research Director for the Children & Nature Network. She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Extension at the University of Minnesota. As C&NN's Research Director, Cathy leads the Research Library, which curates and makes accessible the scientific literature about kids and nature. Cathy leads a National Science Foundation project in collaboration with... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cowichan Room (2nd Floor)

1:00pm

Early Childhood Discussion: Best Practices
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Join us for a roundtable discussion of best practices in the nature-based early childhood field, using the Guidelines for Excellence in Early Childhood Environmental Education as a framework. This is also an opportunity to network, share resources, and inform the development of a common agenda for helping young children connect to nature and care for the environment. Organized by the Children & Nature Network in partnership with the North American Association for Environmental Education.

Moderator
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Sheila Williams Ridge

Lab School Director, University of Minnesota

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)

1:00pm

Poster Session
Visit the curated selection of 50+ posters showcasing cutting-edge research, innovative projects and inspring educational programs. Presenters will be onsite informally presenting their work, as well as answering questions about lessons learned and promising practices from around the globe. A list of the poster presentations will be made availabe at the conference.

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Stanley Salon 3 (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

Mixed Method Evaluations for the Real World
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Documenting program impact is critical but can also be challenging. In this session, presenters will explore the effective use of mixed methods in evaluating program success. The first presenter will discuss the RE-AIM framework (reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance), describing its application to a multi-method evaluation of Chicago’s Space to Grow, and discussing results from three low-income, urban elementary schools’ post-schoolyard transformations. During the second presentation, participants will learn how mixed methods techniques and results can be used by environmental education organizations and K-12 schools to garner funding and to improve the match between program goals and outcomes related to environmental stewardship, civic engagement, and academic motivation. Survey data and interviews of diverse campers from the 1940's to 2010's will be used to illustrate interpretation of data and unexpected findings.

Speakers
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Carolyn Bates

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
Carolyn Bates is a doctoral student at Loyola University Chicago specializing in child clinical psychology. Her research interests include environmental factors that influence health behaviors in children, particularly in relation to obesity. As a member of Dr. Amy Bohnert's Acti... Read More →
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Amy Bohnert

Associate Professor, Loyola University Chicago
Amy Bohnert is a leading scholar on how various out-of-school contexts serve a protective role in psychological and health-related outcomes, including obesity and obesogenic behaviors. Collectively, her work suggests that out-of-school contexts are essential targets of obesity-pr... Read More →
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Amy Frame

Graduate Researcher, UCLA
I love nature, coffee, and research, in that order. I'm a long-time K-12 urban public school teacher and administrator. I've helped thousands of kids get into California's mountains, deserts, and oceans. My vision is that school accountability and finance systems make it easy fo... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

Changing the Paradigm: Connecting the Health and Environmental Sectors to Help our Children Thrive
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Connecting children, families, and communities to nature is one of the most important ways we can improve the health and well-being of children and youth. This session will outline the broad principles of childhood growth and development that make connection to nature so important. It will also explore the reality that exists when such a key health determinant falls outside the direct influence of traditional health care systems. In these cases, it becomes important not only to innovate within the health care world, but to find ways to collaborate across sectors to amplify the success of other groups and organizations working to connect children with nature. Leaders from the Intertwine Alliance will describe how they’ve turned these ideas into two on-the-ground, regionally-scaled projects: one focusing on the greening of schoolyards; the other on prescription play. Both use the power of the network and their strategic positioning as a backbone organization. In addition, attendees will explore barriers and opportunities to building these collaborations in their regions through interactive conversations.

Speakers
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David Cohen

Program Manager, The Intertwine Alliance
The Intertwine Alliance, focusing on better integrating nature into the urban sphere is a backbone organization supporting the work of our 152 cross-sector partners. We do this by developing a range of platforms and convenings with the goal of nurturing and catalyzing collaborati... Read More →
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Heather Davis

Pediatrician / Public Health Professional
Heather Davis is a general pediatrician and public health professional with a background in community recreation. This has led to a broad view of child development and the ways that we must work together to make it easier for children to grow up healthy. Specific interests includ... Read More →
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Philip Wu

Physician, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region
Philip is a pediatrician and member of the Community Benefit team at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. After retiring from a 33-year clinical practice, he now works to promote healthy, equitable communities utilizing the framework of the “social determinants of health.” As a fo... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)

2:45pm

Growth of the Natural Leaders Network: Fresh Tracks and the Regional Legacy Camp
Limited Capacity seats available
The Natural Leaders Legacy Camps convene young leaders, training them in community organizing, leadership development, and using personal narrative to create change. Find out how Regional Legacy Camps empower leaders close to home, working with local organizations to connect and support youth in their communities and regions. This session is an introduction to the growth and potential of the Natural Leaders Network through Fresh Tracks and the Regional Legacy Camp model. President Obama’s 2015 visit to Alaska spurred a call-to-action that, in turn, inspired Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions, a cultural exchange program that enables young adults from urban, rural, and indigenous communities to see the world through new eyes, to appreciate different perspectives, and to understand their own abilities to make a positive impact on their communities.



The Natural Leaders Legacy Camps convene young leaders, training them in community organizing, leadership development, and using personal narrative to create change. Find out how Regional Legacy Camps empower leaders close to home, working with local organizations to connect and support youth in their communities and regions.

This session is an introduction to the growth and potential of the Natural Leaders Network through Fresh Tracks and the Regional Legacy Camp model.

President Obama’s 2015 visit to Alaska spurred a call-to-action that, in turn, inspired Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions, a cultural exchange program that enables young adults from urban, rural, and indigenous communities to see the world through new eyes, to appreciate different perspectives, and to understand their own abilities to make a positive impact on their communities.

Speakers
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CJ Goulding

Lead Organizer, Natural Leaders Network
CJ is a passionate, creative, and energetic professional working to develop connections in and between people, and the connection between communities and the outdoors. As the Lead Organizer for the Natural Leaders Network, he strives to support a national network of over 250 mill... Read More →
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Martin LeBlanc

Children & Nature Network
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Juan Martinez

Director, Natural Leaders and Leadership Development
Juan is a nationally-recognized and award-winning environmental justice activist whose childhood was transformed by the power of nature. He is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Ambassador for The North Face, and serves on the Wilderness Society Board of Directors.


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Seymour (Ground Floor)

2:45pm

Migration and Me: Through the Telling of Migration Stories the Connection is Made Between Migratory Creatures, Humankind, and Earth Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Latino Outdoors and Faith in Place utilize narratives, interactive storytelling, and sharing process to describe the connection that exists between migratory creatures, humankind, and earth care. Migratory patterns illustrate how migrating beings utilize the same land, air and water, help us connect with one another and our community while fostering a sense of pride in our cultural history. Through this connection we embrace a responsibility and opportunity to care for our natural resources and each other. In the process, gain skills to lead your own story circle as a way to create opportunities for personal sharing that creates unforced opportunities for healing, equity and justice.

Speakers
avatar for José González

José González

Executive Director, Latino Outdoors
José G. González is an experienced educator in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources... Read More →
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Debra Williams

Outreach Coordinator, Faith in Place
I am new to the environmental movement. However, having the wonderful opportunity to oversee the Migration and Me program has been an absolutely wonderful engagement experience intellectually , socially, and culturally. I have appreciated that I can freely express the awe that... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Oak (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

Success Stories from the Field: Innovative Programs Across the Ages
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Education has a critical role to play in helping children develop a positive environmental identity and promote an environmentally-responsible way of relating to the natural world. Educators in formal and nonformal settings are finding unique and effective ways to provide rich, outdoor place-based learning opportunities for children of all ages. This panel of speakers will share their insights and experiences on how they successfully addressed barriers and challenges they faced in planning and implementing programs and initiatives connecting children with nature.

Moderator
avatar for Bill Kilburn

Bill Kilburn

Program Manager, Back to Nature Network
Bill Kilburn is the leader of the Back to Nature Network, Ontario’s provincial organization representing the international children and nature movement. Among achievements, Bill co-chaired the creation of the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter with Ontario’s provincial gove... Read More →

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Lisa Frey

Principal, Departure Bay Eco-School
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Dolf De Jong

General Manager, Vancouver Aquarium
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Sheila Williams Ridge

Lab School Director, University of Minnesota
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Ruth Wilson

Research Library Curator, Children & Nature Network
Ruth Wilson, PhD has been an educator and teacher educator for over thirty years and has devoted most of her career to connecting young children with nature. She currently works as curator for the Children & Nature Network Research Library, an online resource of scientific lite... Read More →

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Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

2:45pm

A New Zealand Community Perspective on Enhancing Positive Risk Taking Outdoors
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This presentation will document a journey of the children and families at the YMCA Early Learning Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, based on the observations of the children taking more risks in the environment through their play. It will also consider how adults react to the increase of risk-taking behavior in children.
Vsits to the local bush enhance children's understanding of moving in this space with, and alongside, others. Everyone learns how to keep ourselves safe and be good stewards of this land including how to respect, listen, interact within these natural spaces confidently and competently.
The session will highlight:
1: The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum: Te Whaariki.
2: How learning and development is supported in the natural environment through a New Zealand perspective.
3: How Appreciative Inquiry delights, inspires and respects the process of review.

Speakers
avatar for Lorraine Duncumb

Lorraine Duncumb

Group Manager ECE, YMCA Auckland Region
I am still inspired by children and how they see their world. Their curiosity opens up many conversations for us all to learn from. My passion is providing nature rich experiences for children to build resilience and knowledge of stewardship of the environments we interact with... Read More →
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Shannon Keane

Centre Manager, YMCA Auckland
Kia Ora/Hello, | My name is Shannon Keane and I have been a passionate Early Childhood advocator/Teacher for the past 16+ years. I have been in different roles throughout my career in and around early childhood environments. I was born in New Zealand and I am very proud of... Read More →

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Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Stanley Salon 2 (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

WE PROTECT WHAT WE LOVE – The Power of Creativity in a Natural Environment
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Learn how you can actively engage children with nature through environmental art activities and foster a deep love for the natural world.

In this hands-on workshop, Marghanita Hughes will share activities on how to nurture a deep love and respect for the natural world through creative expression. Participants will create their very own meaningful nature art and learn how storytelling with nature can bring about powerful change and attitude. We will explore how nature art can be integrated in your programming to instill an everlasting love and appreciation for the natural world. Nature Art develops a connection to all forms of life in the places in which we play and learn, which leads to a desire to live more sustainably in these places now, and in the future. These simple activities are powerful and inspire us all to be good stewards for the environment and to take action in our school, home, office and community. Max 20

Speakers
avatar for Marghanita Hughes

Marghanita Hughes

Nature Art Educator, Educating the Heart with Nature Art
Marghanita Hughes specializes in reconnecting children with nature through meaningful art. Marghanita's nature-art activities are based on the spirit of sharing and caring and connecting with our natural world. Owner of "Educating the Heart with Nature Art” an online and offlin... Read More →

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Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Outside

2:45pm

Earth Is Home to Us All: Honoring Indigenous, Refugee and Urban Children & Youth
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Life is complicated and filled with challenges. Some of those experiencing the most profound challenges are today’s displaced children and families: refugees from political, economic, and social unrest; victims of environmental degradation; survivors of lost cultural connections and lands; and urban dwellers. This session focuses on wisdom gained from respectful learning from indigenous people, inter-cultural experiences, innovative collaborations, and place-based approaches to connecting people with nature even in the most urban environments.

Moderator
avatar for Cheryl Charles

Cheryl Charles

Consultant & CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl was recently named Research Scholar and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a... Read More →

Speakers
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Luis Alberto Camargo

Executive Director, OpEPA - Organization for Environmental Education and Protection
Luis Alberto Camargo focuses his work towards reconnecting youth to nature and people to the Earth in order to build more sustainable and peaceful communities. Luis is the founder and Director of OpEPA (Organization for Environmental Education and Protection) a nonprofit organization working since 1998 in Colombia and USA (501c3) focusing on developing environmental social entrepreneurs that can work collaboratively to reconnect children and youth to nature so they can act in an environmentally responsible manner. Luis has been a speaker... Read More →
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Laís Fleury

Project Coordinator, Instituto Alana
Laís Fleury is one of the Director of Alana Institute, a non-profit organization that has a solid and broad work related with childhood in Brazil, and coordinates its Children and Nature project. She founded Associação Vaga Lume, a non-profit organization that develops education... Read More →
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Nicholas Stanger

Assistant Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Nick currently shares his time between deep outdoor play and high-tech online multimedia projects. This paradoxical interest has helped form his understanding and embodiment of the human-digital-nature conundrum we currently face in our westernized social fabric. Nick works as an... Read More →

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Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cypress 2 (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

Hand in Hand: Community and City Leadership Working Together to Address Equitable Access to Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) Initiative pairs city leadership with intentional community engagement efforts to address equitable access to nature. Hear from representatives from key U.S. cities that are participating in a seven-city CCCN cohort as they talk about strategies they employed to address nature access in urban environments. Among the strategies they will discuss: green schoolyards, out-of-school time, early childhood, and school/park partnerships. Learn about successes and challenges and access tools to assist your city in addressing nature inequities.

Moderator
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Mikaela Randolph

Director, Cities and Nature, Children & Nature Network
Mikaela is the Director of Cities and Nature with the Children & Nature Network. In this role, she provides technical assistance to cities across the country to address equitable access to nature.

Speakers
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Priya Cook

Principal Associate, Connecting Children to Nature, Institute for Youth, Education, and Families National League of Cities
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Bennett Knox

Parks Administrator, Louisville Metro Government
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Margaret Lamar

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Children & Nature Network
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Damien Raffa

Environmental and Outdoor Education Manager, The Presidio Trust
For the past 25 years, Damien has designed and implemented projects and programs to provide urban children, youth and families engaging experiences and encounters with "nature in the city" (San Francisco). He's a lead collaborator with the San Francisco's participation nation-wid... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cypress 1 (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

Engaging Constituents on Public Lands
Limited Capacity seats available

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.

Moderator
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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 →

Speakers
avatar for Élisabeth Lacoursière

Élisabeth Lacoursière

Director, Outreach and 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 Commission for ten years as part of the Public Affairs team where she was responsible for public consultations and community... Read More →
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Susan Newton

Senior VP, Grants & Programs, National Park Foundation
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Erica Thompson

Senior National Director, Conservation Engagement, Nature Conservancy of Canada


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

4:00pm

Networking Break
Thursday April 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:15pm
TBA

4:15pm

Keynote Address
Speakers
avatar for Richard Louv

Richard Louv

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Author, Last Child in the Woods, Children & Nature Network
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and most recently, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

5:00pm

Poster Session
Thursday April 20, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Stanley Salon 3 (2nd Floor)

5:00pm

Book Signing - Rich Louv, Author, Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle, Vitamin N
Please note: This is for information only. You do not need to add this to your schedule to attend. Books will be available for purchase. 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Louv

Richard Louv

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Author, Last Child in the Woods, Children & Nature Network
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of nine books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age, and most recently, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Bayshore Grand Foyer

6:00pm

TICKETED EVENT: Exclusive Evening @ Vancouver Aquarium
 THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT FOR AN ADDITIONAL COST.

Join us for an exclusive evening event hosted by the Vancouver Aquarium. Ocean Educators will showcase several engaging, multi-sensory programs designed to amaze and inspire. Roll up your sleeves in the wet lab, enjoy live programming throughout the galleries and socialize while exploring marine exhibits. Food and drinks available for purchase at the onsite cafe. Guests welcome. Tickets required for all participants for $15.75 advance or $20 at the door.

Don't miss out on this fin-tastic opportunity -- PURCHASE YOUR TICKET NOW!



Thursday April 20, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Vancouver Aquarium
 
Friday, April 21
 

7:00am

Registration and Check In
Check in to receive conference credentials and the latest conference schedule.

Registration and check in opens at 7 am and is available through out the morning.

Friday April 21, 2017 7:00am - 7:15am
Bayshore Grand Foyer

7:00am

Breakfast
Please note: Meals are listed on the schedule for your information only. You do not need to add it to your schedule. 

Friday April 21, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

8:00am

FILM TRAILER SHOWCASE

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.

Nature Matters

Through a Glass Productions

Arts & Science Council
Nature Matters tells the story of ten teenaged digital natives who discover their sense of place in the natural world. In this documentary, Richard Louv (Vitamin N and Last Child in the Woods) and Mark Tercek (The Nature Conservancy) frame the national crisis of children and youth spending less time outside engaged with nature and provide a simple solution in which we can all take part. http://www.naturemattersfilm.com

Playing with Nature in the City
Isabel Barros, Instituto Alana (Brazil)

This 2'30" movie shows how we can find nature play in big cities, just looking at the spaces in a different way. https://vimeo.com/159959623

Earth Seasoned
Wondering Wolverine Productions/ Coyote Trails School of Nature

Beautifully crafted and often deeply moving, Earth Seasoned is the inspiring story of five young women who spend a gap year living in a remote mountainside wilderness in Oregon. Told mainly through the story of Tori Davis, a teenager with learning difficulties, the film chronicles the group’s four seasons in the woods as part of the Caretaker nature program. As the seasons succeed, the group has to adapt to what the wilderness provides and to what it withholds. Through lyrical live action footage and smartly paced animation, the film reveals how separately and together the girls learn ancient skills of craftsmanship and teamwork and forge deep powers of resilience and self-reliance. http://fivewomenfourseasons.com


The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his annoying sister Avila)
Treehouse Mafia Productions
After surviving a car crash deep in the woods, a six-year-old boy is forced to leave his electronics behind as he and his sister try to make it home alive; encountering hobos, wolves and raging rivers along the way. www.incrediblejojo.com

NaturePlay - Take Childhood Back
Daniel Stilling & Aimie Stilling

This stunning, award-winning documentary takes the viewer on an inspiring education journey to the Nordic North in a cinematic portrait of childhood, education and play. Filmed in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the USA, NaturePlay portrays the Scandinavian method of teaching, living and enjoying nature, juxtaposed with the high stakes testing/high stress edu culture of "rigor.” The film has won seven international awards, including one for cinematography and a Global Humanitarian Award. Including Matt Damon. | www.natureplayfilm.com


 

Friday April 21, 2017 8:00am - 8:15am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

8:15am

Plenary - Young Leaders: Inspiration to Action
Moderator
avatar for José González

José González

Executive Director, Latino Outdoors
José G. González is an experienced educator in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kelsey Leonard

Kelsey Leonard

Natural Resources Committee, Shinnecock Indian Nation
Kelsey Leonard serves on behalf of the Shinnecock Indian Nation as Tribal Co-Lead for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body. She also sits on the Natural Resources Committee for the Shinnecock Indian Nation leading tribal ocean protection efforts. Kelsey has previously worked f... Read More →
avatar for Chloe Dragon Smith

Chloe Dragon Smith

Connecting a New Generation with Nature, Canadian Parks Council
Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman from the small northern city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her nature-filled upbringing shaped her values today. Today, Chloe holds a degree in Earth Science from the University of Victoria. While educated in Science, she is kee... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker

Executive Director, Come Alive Outside


Friday April 21, 2017 8:15am - 9:15am
Bayshore Grand Ballroom

9:15am

Networking Break
Friday April 21, 2017 9:15am - 9:45am
TBA

9:45am

Exploring Change through Social Enterprise
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you create change in a country that is 1.33 billion strong, with over 2000 ethnic groups when you can't bank on the government for support? Can a 21-year-old drive change? Join us in exploring how social enterprise can spread change through existing systems virally, yet effectively. Let's talk about how we can make business beautiful. Let's talk about how community and culture can support you in this. We will use simple theatre and role-play to explore cultural barriers and catalysts for nature connection in a facilitated open forum. Speaker Janani Eswar will share highlights from ways in which the organization she leads, Growing in Nature, has explored these strategies in India followed by a world cafe-style dialogue and idea-building session.

Max Capacity: 20 

Speakers
avatar for Janani Eswar

Janani Eswar

Founder, Growing in Nature (GRIN)
Janani Eswar is the co-founder of GRIN (Growing in Nature) a social enterprise that in incubated by ArtyPlantz in Bangalore, India. She finds innovative ways of blending theatre, public speaking, art, photography, naturalist studies, playfulness, ecopsychology and entrepreneurshi... Read More →


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

9:45am

Family Nature Clubs: Theory into Practice
Limited Capacity filling up

Family Nature Clubs are sprouting up throughout the nation, and the world, offering a way for families to get time in nature back on the calendar. Join the Children & Nature Network and leaders who have started successful Family Nature Clubs to gain a deeper understanding of Family Nature Club models and dig into specific strategies for forming and sustaining a family nature club. During the action lab, you will also take action-oriented steps in planning and leading a Family Nature Club and have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in lively discussions regarding Family Nature Clubs.

Max Capacity: 60 

Speakers
avatar for Heather Kuhlken

Heather Kuhlken

Founder/Director, Families in Nature
Families in Nature is a non-profit organization that connects families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing and volunteering outdoors. Our vision is to inspire all families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists... Read More →
avatar for Monica Lopez Magee

Monica Lopez Magee

Director, Natural Families, Children & Nature Network
Monica has turned a love of the outdoors into a career promoting nature exploration, environmental education, and stewardship. Through her sixteen years of nonprofit work, she has been involved in all stages of program implementation and development from spearheading youth educat... Read More →
avatar for Nette Pletcher

Nette Pletcher

Founder, Beez Kneez Creative
Nette Pletcher is Founder of Beez Kneez Creative, offering independent contracting for conservation education leadership with an emphasis on education strategic planning and evaluation, project management, workshop facilitation, and curriculum design and development. She is serving as a Family Nature Clubs Advisor for the Children... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Straughan

Nicole Straughan

Children & Youth Program Manager, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre


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

9:45am

Grappling with Bias for More Inclusive Youth Programs
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this workshop, participants will be able to define and distinguish between diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Participants will then learn how unconscious bias may impede our efforts to be inclusive of youth from different backgrounds. We examine ways that bias manifests in three lenses: (1) our individual thoughts and actions; (2) within our organizations; and (3) in the outdoor and youth development sectors as a whole. Using activities and scenarios, we introduce and practice using tools for mitigating and interrupting bias in ourselves and challenging bias in others and within our organizations' poicies, programs, and procedures. Participants will leave with new language and concepts, as well as concrete examples of how bias could negatively impact the work they do and some ways to navigate bias.

Max Capacity: 20

Speakers
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Ava Holliday

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
Ava believes in this work because she believes a more sustainable future is dependent on simultaneously working towards social and environmental justice. As a result, she has devoted the last six years to researching and working in this field. Currently a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Washington in the department of Anthropology, Ava designed and implemented a research project that investigates diversity and inclusion efforts in American environmentalism, specifically in outdoor education at the National Outdoor Leadership School. In addition to her research, she has designed and taught several of her own university level courses, which cover topics such as power, identity, environmentalism, health, and wilderness. Beyond her academic life, Ava puts her knowledge into practice by working as an outdoor educator and consultant for organizations that have a focus on diversity and inclusion. Ava is constantly excited about this work, whether it is being done at universities, in the field, or in an office. In particular, she enjoys that this work requires intentional community building and knowledge gathering. She is grateful to everyone who has contributed to her learning and is excited to contribute to... Read More →
avatar for Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
We build capacity within organizations in the outdoor, conservation, environmental education, youth development, and camp space to engage in meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Talk to me about DEI training, presentations, webinars, resources, climate/cultu... Read More →


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

9:45am

Maintaining Momentum for the Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

Texas has seen unprecedented population growth over the past few years. However, the state remains stuck at just 4% public lands for children and families to connect with. Now more than ever, it is necessary to forge partnerships and collaborations to come up with creative, local-based solutions to meet the needs of the the state. Texas Children in Nature has been achieving its goals since 2010 to reach the diverse population of the state through our eight regional collaboratives that service 97 counties, reaching over 3.1 million youth and 7.8 million adults in 2015.

We want to share our successes and challenges to help other state and local movements grow. In this workshop, we would like to share our recent survey results, our newly redrafted strategic plan and regional success stories within our own state movement.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bristol

Jennifer Bristol

Director, Texas Children in Nature
Jennifer Bristol is the state director for Texas Children in Nature which connects over 375 organizations with the children in nature movement in Texas. She created award-winning conservation education curriculum and youth development programs for Camp Fire. She served as a natu... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Herron

Nancy Herron

C&NN Board Member
I am honored to serve on the C&NN Board and with Texas Children in Nature. Newly retired after nearly 23 years at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. I was the Outreach and Education Director. Many years of non-profit work, volunteer management, teaching preschoolers through col... Read More →


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

9:45am

Master Class: Outreach and Engagement Strategies for Connecting Children and Youth with Nature
Limited Capacity filling up

Join Parks Canada and partners for an exciting hands-on “master class” during which you will learn about and experience leading-edge outreach and engagement programming for reaching children, youth, urbanites, and other new audiences— inspiring them to experience and connect with Canada’s treasured natural places.

To remain relevant, Parks Canada must actively build and maintain a strong base of support for its places and its mandate of protecting and presenting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. Recognizing that this support is grounded on strong personal connections, the Agency and its partners have developed a variety of outreach and engagement programs targeted at specific audiences. Whether it is reaching young children through Parka the mascot, delivering “learn to” programming for urban families, or establishing Campus Clubs for young adults, innovative programs are making a difference.

This workshop will demonstrate several successful outreach and engagement programs, allowing participants to experience them for themselves. Discussion will focus on factors for success and key elements to consider in developing and implementing similar programming elsewhere.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Élisabeth Lacoursière

Élisabeth Lacoursière

Director, Outreach and 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 Commission for ten years as part of the Public Affairs team where she was responsible for public consultations and community... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)

9:45am

Natural Leaders in Action: Today's Leaders Working to Create a Better Tomorrow
Limited Capacity seats available

Natural Leaders are a network of young leaders working to increase equitable access to nature in their communities. They do this work both officially and as volunteers in various organizations all over the country, from nonprofit to government agencies. This panel of Natural Leaders will highlight the work several Natural Leaders are doing in their communities. It will also shed light on the benefits and ways they are encouraged/supported as a result of being a part of the Network.

Max Capacity: 50

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Garrott

Lauren Garrott

Consultant, Shockey Consulting Services
Lauren Garrott is a Consultant at Shockey Consulting Services. Prior to Shockey Consulting she worked in park planning, urban planning, and served as a DOI/VISTA at Heartland Conservation Alliance. While serving as a DOI/VISTA, she was selected to be a part of the Natural Leade... Read More →
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Karolina Kukulka

Founder and Educator, Nature Discovery Club
avatar for Toyya Mahoney

Toyya Mahoney

Program Support Assistant, Bureau of Reclamation
Toyya is an energetic and passionate professional working to connect the next generation to public lands. As a member of the Natural Leaders Network (class of 2015), she supports environmental and recreation education in the communities of Southern Nevada. She is employed with t... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)

9:45am

Strategies for Activating the Research: Brainstorming Creative Mechanisms for Disseminating Research in Ways that Spark Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Evidence-based information is likely critical to your work to enhance the quality and rigor of your practice, advocacy, communications and decision-making about connecting children to nature. Evidence, generated through research and evaluation, is typically disseminated through scientific publications and other mechanisms not easily accessible, or useful, to C&NN’s constituents. In this Action Lab, C&NN’s directors of research and communications will engage you in lively brainstorming to generate ideas for creative and effective ways that C&NN can 1) collect information from you about ongoing needs for evidence-based information, and 2) translate and disseminate research in ways that help you activate that evidence through your work. 

Max Capacity: 40 

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Jordan

Cathy Jordan

Director of Research, Children & Nature Network
Cathy Jordan, PhD is the consulting Research Director for the Children & Nature Network. She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Extension at the University of Minnesota. As C&NN's Research Director, Cathy leads the Research Library, which curates and makes accessible the scientific literature about kids and nature. Cathy leads a National Science Foundation project in collaboration with... Read More →
avatar for Laura Mylan

Laura Mylan

Director Marketing & Communications, Children & Nature Network


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Oak 1 (2nd Floor)

9:45am

The Perfect Nature Program
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What is the perfect program? Well, “it depends.” As creative people, many of us have no shortage of ideas for nature programming, but aiming to turn all of our ideas into programs is the surest path to one thing—burn out. Amongst all the possibilities, which programs do we choose to implement? The perfect program is one that best achieves YOUR goals with the resources available to you. This workshop introduces Stanley Park Ecology Society's program scoring tool that you can customize to draw out the diamond in the rough.

Speakers
avatar for Celina Starnes

Celina Starnes

Public Education and Outreach Manager, Stanley Park Ecology Society
With infectious enthusiasm, Celina inspires the people around her to connect to the natural world. She attended the McGill School of Environment where she learned about our amazing and vital interconnections we have with the natural world. Celina has worked as an environmental educator in numerous settings... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Seymour (Ground Floor)

9:45am

The Role of Play in Creating Meaningful Connections to Nature
Limited Capacity filling up

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.

Moderator
avatar for Margaret Lamar

Margaret Lamar

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Children & Nature Network

Speakers
avatar for Christine Alden

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 →
avatar for Allen Cooper

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 →
avatar for Rusty Keeler

Rusty Keeler

Earthplay
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 →
avatar for Fran Mainella

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 →
avatar for Lisa Moore

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 →
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MaryLynn Pulscher

Environmental Education Supervisor, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
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Anne-Marie Spencer

Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Playcore


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

9:45am

Walkshop: Dancing (with) Nature: How young student teachers help children to build community and connect with nature though Interdisciplinary Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

Many young, student elementary teachers are concerned about studies linking time spent indoors and away from nature with obesity, hyperactivity and other learning problems in children. At Quebec's Sherbrooke University, an optional course in Interdisciplinary Dance is offered to regular fourth-year elementary student teachers to learn how to teach all the school subjects through movement and dance. Loosely based on the principles of “Dance your PhD,” the intention of the course is that, by regularly bringing the dance outside and into the natural world, the dancers are allowed to literally travel though time and space all the while forming a bond between themselves and connecting with nature. This workshop will involve dancing the water cycle, exploring the land freely as hunter-gatherers and building community though dance and nature.

Max Capacity: 20

Speakers
avatar for Anne Catherine McConnell

Anne Catherine McConnell

Lecturer, University of Sherbrooke
Anne Catherine McConnell lectures to students in the Elementary Education Department at Sherbrooke University. Her courses often involve hands on learning, adapting education to the special needs of children and teaching across the curriculum that is, linking different subjects... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: Designing a Natural Playground
Limited Capacity filling up

‘Designing a Natural Playground’ will cover what a natural playground is, why it is important, the most relevant data and research, and some of the best examples of natural playgrounds from around the world. Most importantly, participants will be able to create their own natural playground designs, present their models to the group and receive feedback from experts guiding them through the entire experiential process. We will start off the design by using 5 basic elements: changing topography; creating pathways; adding boulders; logs; and large trees. Next, natural playground components will be included in the designs to create areas that include art/creative play, dramatic play, science concepts, and areas that enhance social skills and collaboration. To close out the session, participants will join in a goal-setting exercise.

Max Capacity: 50

Speakers
avatar for Adam Bienenstock

Adam Bienenstock

President, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds
“Connecting children to nature when and where they play” Adam is an award winning consultant on design, construction, policy, risk and regulatory process for connecting children to nature in our cities. His partners and clients include Parks Canada, ParticipACTION, Right to Play, CBC, The Canadian Wildlife Federation, the US Army, US Forestry Service, Head Start, World heritage sites, nature centres, zoos, hospitals, childcares, schoolyards and backyards across the US and... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: Exploring Our Places Together: Using "Exploration Roles" to Create Outdoor Learning Content
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join students of the Pender Island Ecological Education Community (PEEC) as we immerse in the discovery and facilitation of more than two-dozen “Exploration Roles” designed to encourage outdoor learners to experience and respond to the world through a variety of place-based adventures. Exploring side-by-side with grade 4-9 students, you’ll discover first-hand how small groups of learners can collaborate and embark on an exploration of their surroundings to become aware, observe, record, process, create and reflect. Each group will share in the responsibility of fulfilling their various roles by designing a hands-on, minds-on learning activity centered on one aspect of their place, then sharing their work and understanding with others at the end of the exploration period. Exploration Roles dis"cover" many different parts of the provincial curriculum, integrating language arts, science, fine arts, math, social studies, fine arts, physical education and personal planning goals and objectives. More importantly, we have found that they can lead to the development of learners who are curious, responsible, active, thoughtful, creative, positive, knowledgeable, considerate and respectful of themselves, others and their surroundings.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Dunsmuir

Steve Dunsmuir

Ecological Educator, School District 64 Gulf Islands
Steve Dunsmuir is a teacher in the Pender Ecological Education Community (PEEC) and was also the founder and principal educator at the Saturna Ecological Education Centre (SEEC) high school program and the Middle Years Shared Ecological Education Community (MYSEEC) on Salt Spring... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: From Infants to Grandparents: Nurturing Wonder-full Ecological Literacy in a Single Program
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Research shows that adults who care about nature and take action to protect it have spent a significant amount of their childhood playing in nature. Why is that? Is it the time spent outdoors, or just playing, that is an important factor in inspiring conservation? What roles do curiosity, learning facts and the self-discovery play? Building a relationship with nature is more than just learning the names of trees, bugs and birds. These simple terms don't represent nature's complexity, but may inspire curiosity and serve as a tool for future learning. Relationships, whether to humans or to nature, flourish best with attention, thoughtfulness, respect and love. In thid session we will discuss educational strategies and present a myriad of fun, interactive ways for all family members to deepen their relationship to the natural world, in hopes for a beneficial future for all.

We will demonstrate a family program ​called "Wild Things" ​that has been exploring nature ​in nearby parks ​every week​, all year round,​ for seven years. ​You will learn about this program from the provider, Holly Roger, as well as through the unique perspective of a founding and frequent participant, Nicole Junell. "​Wild Things" is designed to foster participants' relationships with nature and each other, and encourages all participants to learn about, and respectfully engage with, nature at a level that is appropriate for their age. In this walking workshop in Stanley Park, we will share our games, ​​educational strategies ​for structuring seasonal and safe programs, ​and techniques for engaging age-diverse participants.​ ​Bring your tips for fostering a sense of wonder and connection to nature​, and b​e prepared for playing and exploring outdoors!

Max Capacity: 20 

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Junell

Nicole Junell

Founding Member, Wild Things, Wild Whatcom
I am a founding mama of the Wild Things program, as I showed up at the park in the rain with my six month old baby in a carrier. Why? Because I wanted to be more of a nature nerd than my husband. That was nearly 7 years ago, and I've been a frequent flyer of this program. I can g... Read More →
avatar for Holly Roger

Holly Roger

Community Programs Coordinator, Wild Whatcom
I've been wondering about bugs and birds for as long as I can remember. I read field guides for fun and as bedtime stories to my kids. Nature is my source for continual inspiration, connection and reflection, and my laboratory for observation, exploration, investigation and play... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: Like Wildfire! The Model of Public School in the Forest Sparked in Vermont
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In 2013, two teachers in a small socio-economically diverse school in Vermont, USA took their kindergarten class outside one day, every week, all year. Three years later, dozens of classrooms across the country follow a similar model. Join this session to experience the flow of our outdoor day and learn that you too can take your class outside to play and learn. We'll follow our outdoor routines(sit-spots, morning meeting, teacher stations and more) and discuss the infrastructure (toilets! fires!) and gear that we use. We'll do this all outside, come with appropriate clothing and enthusiasm!

Max Capacity: 20 

Speakers
avatar for Eliza Minnucci

Eliza Minnucci

Kindergarten Teacher / Forest Educator, Forest Kinder
Eliza Minnucci, formally a pre-K and K teacher for ten years, is currently a full-time mom and a part-time forest teacher in Vermont, USA. In 2013 she founded the Ottauquechee School Forest Kindergarten Program in which she took her public school students outside one day, every w... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: Mystery on the Trails: Events with Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

As nature lovers and advocates, it is a dream to hear the words “this is better than a video game!” said at an outdoor event. This happened to us at Metro Vancouver Regional Parks… and it can happen for you too! We’ve discovered that trail-based, station style family events make spending time in nature fun, accessible and creates lasting impacts. This walkshop will use our Critter Capers event series as example of how this style of event works.

Now is your chance become the detective, solve the mystery, and experience Critter Capers through the eyes of a visitor. Learn from our trials and triumphs and discuss how you can use a similar style of events to connect families with nature.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Duncan

Michelle Duncan

Park Interpretation Leader, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Michelle Duncan is the Park Interpretation Leader for Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. She plans interpretive nature-based events, facilitates professional development workshops, park tours and field trips. She has been on the executive of Interpretation Canada BC Conference for... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Holloway

Melissa Holloway

Park Interpretation Leader, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
Melissa Holloway is a west coast native, spending her childhood in the forest and on the beach. These experiences led her to a career as a nature Interpreter and for the last 11 years, Melissa has been developing programs and events that connect children to nature. Melissa has s... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: Outdoor Classroom 2.: What Can the Forest School Ethos Look like in Traditional Schoolyards?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

"We know the why, what's the how?" Participants will get a primer on, participate in, and take a few minutes to work together on their own prototype of highly participatory, stimulating, ecological learning activities that can be conducted in a traditional schoolyard.
Looking at the equipment, props and resources from the Calgary Board of Education's Outdoor Classroom 2.0 pilot program, we will address the the complexities and roadblocks that restrict students and school staff from leaving school property and cosider if the ethos of forest school can genuinely live in a schoolyard. This session focuses on mobile equipment and pedagogy necessary to create activities to make schoolyards come alive during the school day in any weather or season.

Max Capacity: 20

Speakers
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Paul Kelba

Consultant, Calgary Board of Education
@PaulKelba | #enviroed #susty #playoutdoors #outdoorlearning


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: Risky Play: Part 2
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Part Two: Friday [Prerequisite Wednesday workshop]
This workshop is designed as an exploration of the tools and practical resources needed to support children to safely navigating risk in their outdoor play. We will use the ‘Risk Benefit Assessment Framework” being used by Forest School Canada, a program of the Child and Nature Alliance. Practical suggestions and stories will be used to enhance participants understanding of HOW we begin to accept and support risk in children’s play, while still maintaining our ‘duty of care’. This workshop is ideal for nature-based educators, early childhood educators, professionals in the recreation and camping sector, community developers, parents, playworkers and grandparents.

Max Capacity: 30

Speakers
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Marlene Power

Executive Director, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada
Marlene Power founded the Carp Ridge Forest Preschool, Canada’s first outdoor, nature-based Forest Preschool, and created Forest School Canada, a national initiative to promote nature-based education through Forest School training, policy and research. Marlene first developed Forest School Canada as an initiative under the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada (CNAC). In December 2014 she was appointed Executive Director of the CNAC and she continues to lead Forest School Canada as a key program of CNAC. She also runs the Ottawa Forest and Nature School, the headquarters for CNAC, delivering Forest School programs to the Ottawa Carleton District School Board as well as the community. | Marlene studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Dalhousie University, and is currently pursuing her... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: The Art of Nature: Using Art to Build a Conservation Ethic
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Are you looking to explore and capture the beauty of nature through the arts? Throughout this session, we will explore incorporating nature journaling into your programming to instill an appreciation for, and understanding of, the natural world. Additionally, you will learn how working with pastel, pencil and unique art techniques can enhance a nature experience. Through this hands-on session, registrants will learn how to help youth develop their observation and drawing skills, as well as think critically about the artistic process.

Max Capacity: 20 

Speakers
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Marlis Eaton

Education Supervisor, Calgary Parks
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Chris Hicks

Program Advisor, City of Calgary


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: The Nature Playbook – Take Action to Connect a New Generation of Canadians with Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

Connecting a new generation with nature can be a complex challenge, so where do we start? The Nature Playbook project comes from the belief that no single person, policy, government department, organization, or program can do it alone. There are endless ways to connect with nature, as many ways as there are people in the world. The Nature Playbook emphasizes the importance of everyone knowing themselves, and connecting on their own terms.

The creators behind The Nature Playbook want to work with CNC 2017 attendees on the quest to reach outside traditional spheres of parks and conservation, to share our message with a wider audience. In this outdoor, interactive session, we will work together to come up with new ways to embody a culture-changing mindset, and tackle this challenge together as a team.

Max Capacity:40

Moderator
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Chloe Dragon Smith

Connecting a New Generation with Nature, Canadian Parks Council
Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman from the small northern city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her nature-filled upbringing shaped her values today. Today, Chloe holds a degree in Earth Science from the University of Victoria. While educated in Science, she is kee... Read More →

Speakers
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Guylaine Chabot

Professor, Université du Québec en Outaouais
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Bill Kilburn

Program Manager, Back to Nature Network
Bill Kilburn is the leader of the Back to Nature Network, Ontario’s provincial organization representing the international children and nature movement. Among achievements, Bill co-chaired the creation of the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter with Ontario’s provincial gove... Read More →
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Samantha Matters

Outreach Coordinator, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton
I am an environmental scientist with a passion for education! Currently working as an outreach educator, I am also a member of the Canadian Parks Council working group that has created The Nature Playbook; a guide for connecting youth with Nature. Drawing on my previous experienc... Read More →
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Chúk Odenigbo

Étudiant à la maîtrise, Université de Montréal
As an aspiring change-maker, I have been working with the Canadian Parks Council on creating a Nature Playbook with the aim of reconnecting the current generation with nature. As a result of this work, I attended the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, where I met some... Read More →
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Denis Thibeault

Counselor, Cariboo Action Training Society


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

9:45am

Walkshop: Workshopping Barriers while Walking
Limited Capacity seats available

 In this walking walkshop, we work in pairs and small groups, discussing the barriers your communities may face in connecting to nature. While many of the barriers will be obvious to us, our biases may hide some barriers from us. We'll brainstorm and discuss those hidden, or not-so-obvious barriers, along with many promising solutions. There will be a focus on those solutions that empower and build community capacity to connect young people to nature in culturally relevant ways.

Max Capacity: 40

Speakers
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Alison Paul

Youth Conservation Action Manager, The Field Museum
Alison Paul is an environmental educator, outdoor enthusiast, and The Field Museum's Youth Conservation Action Manager. Alison has more than a decade of experience working in formal and informal educational settings from Colombia to Chicago in order to support the next generation... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am
Outside

12:00pm

Plenary - Moving Forward
Friday April 21, 2017 12:00pm - 12:15pm
Bayshore Grand Ballroom