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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 4: Strengthening Families: building closer bonds through quality time together in nature [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20
 

9:45am

Strengthening Bonds: Understanding Family Dynamics, Habits and Bonding in Nature Play
Limited Capacity full
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As our time in interaction with significant others and in nature declines, mental health providers, educators, researchers, and parents are wondering what this may mean for children’s development and their ultimate wellbeing.

Anne Stewart, professor of psychology and practicing family and play therapist at James Madison University, Virginia, USA, will share the evidence for the negative impact of less play time and less time in nature for children, families, and communities. She will describe how attachment theory supports nature-based play activities to promote attachment and regulation. Theory will be coupled with Brad and Bree Rudner, two parents with a background as wilderness guides and teachers, personal account of having slipped away from nature break through the obstacles of young parenthood and lift the whole family by spending times outdoors. Finally, discover how Nature Play Queensland in Australia has embraced use of an app, developed by health and early education professionals, to help unlock the secrets of how and why playing in nature benefits children.

The organizational narrative, use of the app, and the personal account provide research and experience based knowledge to support time outdoors as a family health and bonding retreat.

Moderator
avatar for Monica Lopez Magee

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Hyahno Moser

Hyahno Moser

Program Manager, Nature Play Queensland
Like most children of his generation, Hyahno spent most of his leisure time outside, therefore it came as no surprise to his family when he choose a career in Outdoor Education. For 10 years, Hyahno was involved in devising, facilitating, teaching and leading young people through... Read More →
avatar for Brad Rudner

Brad Rudner

CEO & Co-Founder of Family by Nature, Curanex Inc.
Brad Rudner runs Curanex Inc., an agency specializing in health and wellness management consulting and team building. He leverages his diverse background and training to improve key performance indicators and enhance corporate culture. He is the co-founder of Family By Nature, which... Read More →
avatar for Bree Rudner

Bree Rudner

COO & Co-Founder of Family By Nature, Curanex Inc.
I've been a nature lover all my life, spending time outside with my family growing up. As a young adult, I worked as an outdoor educator, wilderness guide, canoe and kayak instructor and more. My journey took me away from nature for many years as my husband and I settled into life... Read More →
avatar for Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart

Professor, James Madsion University
Tell me how you developed a 'heart for children' and love of nature. Tell me about one of your favorite times in nature. Tell me your aspirations and plans to create opportunities for children to connect with others and with nature. | I am a child and family play therapist with... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Oak (2nd Floor)

11:15am

Across the Ages: Addressing Age-Appropriate Engagement in Family Nature Clubs
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the unique aspects of family nature programs is the intergenerational engagement. Facilitating age-appropriate (child development, tweens, and parent involvement) play and activities can be a challenge. Participants will gain an understanding of theoretical perspectives and practical applications for engaging children of all ages and parents in the same outdoor experience. Research, perspective, tips, and specific activities will assist you in your adventures to keep parents, children, and teens involved while also improving family relationships, outdoor learning, and teen leadership skills.

Moderator
avatar for Monica Lopez Magee

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Heather Kuhlken

Heather Kuhlken

Founder/Director, Families in Nature
Families in Nature is a non-profit organization that connects families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing and volunteering outdoors. Our vision is to inspire all families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists... Read More →
avatar for Tania Moloney

Tania Moloney

Founder, Nurture in Nature Australia
Tania Moloney is the Founder of Nurture in Nature Australia and The Nature Bus and she is passionate about helping kids, families, schools, early learning centres, communities and people of all ages connect with nature and with each other. She is a passionate Nature-prenuer, nature... Read More →
avatar for Kristine Webber

Kristine Webber

former Executive Director, NatureKids BC (formerly Young Naturalists\' Club of BC)
Kristine is the former Executive Director of NatureKids BC, a charity that since 2000 has been getting children and families outdoors exploring, learning about and stepping up for nature with a program of volunteer nature clubs. Each year NatureKids BC creates more than 4000 individual... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Oak (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

Migration and Me: Through the Telling of Migration Stories the Connection is Made Between Migratory Creatures, Humankind, and Earth Care
Limited Capacity seats available

Latino Outdoors and Faith in Place utilize narratives, interactive storytelling, and sharing process to describe the connection that exists between migratory creatures, humankind, and earth care. Migratory patterns illustrate how migrating beings utilize the same land, air and water, help us connect with one another and our community while fostering a sense of pride in our cultural history. Through this connection we embrace a responsibility and opportunity to care for our natural resources and each other. In the process, gain skills to lead your own story circle as a way to create opportunities for personal sharing that creates unforced opportunities for healing, equity and justice.

Speakers
avatar for José González

José González

Founder- Executive Director Emeritus, Latino Outdoors
José G. González is an experienced educator in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University... Read More →
avatar for Debra Williams

Debra Williams

Outreach Coordinator, Faith in Place
I am new to the environmental movement. However, having the wonderful opportunity to oversee the Migration and Me program has been an absolutely wonderful engagement experience intellectually , socially, and culturally. I have appreciated that I can freely express the awe that nature... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Oak (2nd Floor)