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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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Summit on Nature for an Urban World - Field Trip [clear filter]
Wednesday, April 19

12:00pm PDT

Field Trip: Green School Grounds in Metro Vancouver
Limited Capacity full
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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

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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 Evergreen’s programs that engage Canadians in restoring health to public lands and communities. He has overseen the establishment of a national network of school ground design professionals, the creation of a large suite of print and web-based publications, the esta... Read More →

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

12:00pm PDT

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 

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Shawna Babcock

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

Tim Barrett

Regional Sales Manager, Landscape Structures
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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 →

Jeffery Musson

Principal, Habitat Systems

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

12:00pm PDT

Field Trip: Nature Connection through Outdoor Learning Gardens for All: Diversity and Inclusion
Limited Capacity full
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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 

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Susan Gerofsky

Associate 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 and... Read More →
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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 recycled... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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

12:00pm PDT

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 

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Tara Moreau

Associate Director, UBC Botanical Garden

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