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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
 

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

Author, Children & Nature Network
Richard Louv is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age (Algonquin). His books... 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... 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 →


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
 

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

Co-Founder and CEO Emerita, Children & Nature Network
Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., is an innovator, author, organizational executive and educator. Cheryl is Adjunct Faculty and founding Executive Director of the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England (AUNE). The vision of the Institute is a world in which all humans... 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

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 British Columbia
Scott Sampson is a dinosaur paleontologist, science communicator, and passionate advocate for reimagining cities as places where people and nature thrive. He has published numerous books and articles, and regularly speaks to audiences of all ages on topics ranging from dinosaurs and... 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
 

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

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
avatar for Rusty Keeler

Rusty Keeler

Earthplay
Over the past 20 years, Rusty Keeler has worked with hundreds of community, school, parks, university, and childcare 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 →


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

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)

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

Author, Children & Nature Network
Richard Louv is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age (Algonquin). His books... 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
 

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