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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 [clear filter]
Wednesday, April 19
 

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

Vice President, Children & Nature Network
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 Gil Penalosa

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 →

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

Program Director, National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative, now in 18 cities with tools and lessons available to still more 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 international... 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 Department... 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 government... 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 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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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 Forest... Read More →
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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 →
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)

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 recognized... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Horvath

Douglas Horvath

Naturalist, 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... Read More →


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

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
avatar for Jaime Chong

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 possible... Read More →
avatar for James King

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)