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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Friday, April 21
 

9:45am

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

Co-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 entrepreneurship... 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, cities and nature, Children & Nature Network
Monica is dedicated to developing programs, policies, and partnerships that advance equity, academic achievement, and children’s health while fostering a love and stewardship of the natural world. She currently serves as the Director of Cities and Nature for the Children & Nature... Read More →
avatar for Nette Pletcher

Nette Pletcher

Education Consultant, 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 has served... 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... Read More →
avatar for Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Cofounder, The Avarna Group, PGM ONE
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/culture... 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

Coordinator, Texas Children In Nature
Jennifer Bristol is the coordinator for the Texas Children in Nature Network, which brings the conservation, health, and education communities together to connect children and families to nature.  She is the former Program Director for Camp Fire Central Texas where she developed... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Herron

Nancy Herron

Board Member, C&NN and TCiN Board
Nancy Herron is a co-founder of TCiN and a board member of both Texas Children in Nature and the Children and Nature Network. She is co-chairing C&NN's health action strategy with Dr. Stephen Pont. Nancy retired after 23 years at Texas Parks and Wildlife and serving as their Outreach... 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 & Marketing, Parks Canada
Having joined Parks Canada in 2010, Élisabeth Lacoursière now manages national office leadership and support for marketing, promotion, outreach, and events as Director, Outreach and Marketing Branch. Prior to her arrival at Parks Canada, Élisabeth worked at the National Capital... Read More →


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
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 Leaders... Read More →
avatar for Karolina Kukulka

Karolina Kukulka

Founder/ Educator, Nature Discovery Club
I offer an environmental education program to local early childhood education centers. Nature Discovery is a program designed to enrich children's experiences with nature both inside and outside of the typical classroom! The curriculum is one I created myself and the lessons are in... Read More →
avatar for Toyya Mahoney

Toyya Mahoney

Environmental Protection Specialist, 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 the... 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... Read More →
avatar for Laura Mylan

Laura Mylan

VP External Relations, 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... 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

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 about... 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... 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... Read More →
avatar for Fran Mainella

Fran Mainella

president, Fran Mainella Consulting
Fran Mainella is a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She is also President of Fran Mainella Consulting,LLC.  Director Mainella served nearly six years as the 16th Director and the first woman to lead the U. S. National... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

Sr. Vice President, 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... Read More →
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MaryLynn Pulscher

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

Anne-Marie Spencer

Corporate VP 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 together... 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

Founder & Principal Designer, 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... 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 give... 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 week... 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 shared... 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
avatar for Paul Kelba

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
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... 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
avatar for Marlis Eaton

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
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 keenly... Read More →

Speakers
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Guylaine Chabot

Professor, Université du Québec en Outaouais
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 government... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Matters

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 experience... Read More →
avatar for Chúk Odenigbo

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 incredible... 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
avatar for Alison Paul

Alison Paul

Youth Conservation Action Manager, The Field Museum of Natural History
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
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