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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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Track 3: Driving Change: How young diverse leaders are reconnecting children to nature and creating community change [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20
 

9:45am

Cultivating and Supporting Culturally Relevant Leaders
Limited Capacity filling up

Using findings from the Green 2.0 report (2014) on racial composition in environmental organizations to strengthen our forward-thinking organizational support models, Youth Outside (Oakland) and Education Outside (San Francisco) have built programs that create opportunities for underrepresented communities in the outdoors, and strengthen the field's capacity to support staff that represent the shifting demographics of this country. 

This presentation will discuss Youth Outside’s Outdoor Educators Institute and the Rising Leaders Fellowship as responses to the "green ceiling." We will explore the challenges, triumphs, and takeaways of each program and the ways in which they build and support a culturally-relevant workforce. Participants will have an opportunity to learn from Youth Outside’s program creation and management, as well as leave with activities to address and strengthen cultural relevancy within their own organizations. Additionally, participants will learn how Education Outside not only hires a more representative corps, but develops educators to be culturally relevant so they have the tools to successfully engage and connect with their students in the outdoor classroom. 

Speakers
avatar for Kim Moore Bailey

Kim Moore Bailey

CEO, Youth Outside
Kim Moore Bailey, Oakland, CA, serves as the Executive Director for Youth Outside. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both professional and personal experiences, Kim focuses on Youth Outside’s strategic direction, grantmaking portfolio, and working to develop... Read More →
avatar for Marielle Narcisa

Marielle Narcisa

Volunteer Manager, Education Outside
avatar for Rena Payan

Rena Payan

Program Manager, Youth Outside
Youth Outside's Program Manager, Rena Payan is tasked with working toward equity and representation in the outdoor field by supporting young adults from diverse backgrounds through programs that will develop them into outdoor leaders, stronger community advocates, and more confident... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Simpson

Jimmy Simpson

Professional Development Manager, Education Outside
Jimmy is currently in his third year at Education Outside working as a Program Manager of science and garden education programs at multiple public elementary schools throughout San Francisco. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he studied Environmental Studies... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Seymour (Ground Floor)

11:15am

The Inspire Initiative: Empowering Colorado Youth to Develop Strategies for Strengthening Their Connections to Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

Great Outdoors Colorado launched the "Inspire Initiative" in 2015. This innovative grant program engages Colorado youth in identifying barriers to nature access in their communities and in developing localized strategies to address those barriers. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the ongoing planning processes in sixteen Colorado communities and the innovative strategies proposed for funding to date. As a case study, we will also look into the youth engagement and planning methods utilized in Garfield County, Colorado.

A diverse coalition of entities in Garfield county, including several nonprofit organizations that provide outdoor programming and services to children, formed to apply for "Inspire Initiative" planning funding. The grant funds an 18-month youth participatory planning effort through which the coalition must identify new or improved Places, Programs and Pathways for accessing nearby nature. In this presentation, we will examine the challenges and opportunities presented by employing a coalition-based, youth-led planning process to address access to nature.

We will also highlight how a partnership between GOCO and the Natural Leaders Network has supported the growth of some of these Inspire youth leaders through the Colorado Regional Legacy Camp.

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.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Miller

Jackie Miller

Director of Programs, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
Over the course of nearly two decades in the grant-making industry, including 13 years at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Jackie has created, managed, and directed initiatives to impact others’ lives. In 2015 she spearheaded the launch of Generation Wild, an unprecedented movement... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Colbert, PhD

Rebecca Colbert, PhD

Landscape Architect and Researcher, MIG Inc.
Rebecca Colbert is a licensed landscape architect and researcher at the design and planning firm MIG in Denver, Colorado. Her work centers on the development of innovative children’s environments in a broad range of settings from parks and zoos to schools and urban corridors. She... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Verheyen

Carolyn Verheyen

Vice President, MIG, Inc.
I'm passionate about helping people nurture a deep and caring connection with the natural world in all its forms and beauty. My work spans many areas that do just that, and our firm, MIG Inc, works all over the world creating children's (and all ages) environments that facilitate... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Seymour (Ground Floor)

2:45pm

Growth of the Natural Leaders Network: Fresh Tracks and the Regional Legacy Camp
Limited Capacity seats available
The Natural Leaders Legacy Camps convene young leaders, training them in community organizing, leadership development, and using personal narrative to create change. Find out how Regional Legacy Camps empower leaders close to home, working with local organizations to connect and support youth in their communities and regions. This session is an introduction to the growth and potential of the Natural Leaders Network through Fresh Tracks and the Regional Legacy Camp model. President Obama’s 2015 visit to Alaska spurred a call-to-action that, in turn, inspired Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions, a cultural exchange program that enables young adults from urban, rural, and indigenous communities to see the world through new eyes, to appreciate different perspectives, and to understand their own abilities to make a positive impact on their communities.



The Natural Leaders Legacy Camps convene young leaders, training them in community organizing, leadership development, and using personal narrative to create change. Find out how Regional Legacy Camps empower leaders close to home, working with local organizations to connect and support youth in their communities and regions.

This session is an introduction to the growth and potential of the Natural Leaders Network through Fresh Tracks and the Regional Legacy Camp model.

President Obama’s 2015 visit to Alaska spurred a call-to-action that, in turn, inspired Fresh Tracks Leadership Expeditions, a cultural exchange program that enables young adults from urban, rural, and indigenous communities to see the world through new eyes, to appreciate different perspectives, and to understand their own abilities to make a positive impact on their communities.

Speakers
avatar for CJ Goulding

CJ Goulding

Program Manager, Chldren & Nature Network
CJ is a passionate, creative, and energetic professional working to develop connections in and between people, and the connection between communities and the outdoors. As the Lead Organizer for the Natural Leaders Network, he strives to support a national network of over 330 millenial... Read More →
avatar for Martin LeBlanc

Martin LeBlanc

Principal, LBC Action
Co-Founder of the Children and Nature Network
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.


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Seymour (Ground Floor)