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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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Wednesday, April 19

8:00am PDT

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

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Gil Penalosa

Founder & Chair, 8 80 Cities
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. He 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... Read More →

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Jesús Aguirre

Superintendent, Seattle Parks and 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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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 Department... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

4:15pm PDT

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.

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

4:15pm PDT

Keynote Address
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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 4:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
Bayshore Grand Ballroom