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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 6: Lighting the Spark: Connecting children to nature to inspire environmental stewardship [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20
 

9:45am

Using Experiential Education to Advance a Conservation Ethic Across the Spectrum
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This session will highlight best practices around using experiential education as a way to advance a conservation ethic. It will include some of the programs that the Candian Wildlife Federation runs. CWF is very interested in hearing your ideas, experiences and stories. Bring your thinking caps and come prepared to learn and share.
This session will highlight best practices around using experiential education as a way to advance a conservation ethic. It will include some of the programs that the Canadian Wildlife Federation runs. CWF is very interested in hearing your ideas, experiences and stories. Bring your thinking caps and come prepared to learn and share.

Moderator
avatar for Mike Bingley

Mike Bingley

Director of Education (Acting), Canadian Wildlife Federation
Mike has been working to connect Canadians to Nature for more than 20 years. Mike has developed programs that have connected hundreds of thousands of Canadians with nature, including CWF’s Brighter Futures for Wildlife programming. | | Over the course of Mike’s career he... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Gardner

Andrea Gardner

Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
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Melissa Lefebvre

Education Program Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation
avatar for Jon Wiersma

Jon Wiersma

Education Project Coordinator, Canadian Wildlife Federation

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

11:15am

Environmental History as the Spark for Natural History
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Environmental History is a rich new field that can be especially effective in attracting and introducing youth to nature from kindergarten to undergraduates. In learning the history of places, including how they have been shaped by humans, youths can gain a better understanding of their role as stewards of nature as well as experience the joys of meaningful interactions with nature. History and environmental studies have traditionally been taught as separate disciplines, contributing one more disconnect to our understanding of nature. This workshop seeks to bridge this disconnect, adding a new tool to our Children and Nature toolkit. To demonstrate the power of this field we will be joined by some of our best authors and scholars who will introduce best practices of using environmental history to excite youths about various natural habitats.

Moderator
avatar for Steve Chase

Steve Chase

Chief, Division of Education & Outreach, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Steve leads efforts at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center to build our next generation of conservation professionals. He also oversees the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service history/heritage program and has organized a number of historical symposia on important figures and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Madison

Mark Madison

Historian, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mark Madison is the national Historian for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He works out of the USFWS Museum/Archives at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. At NCTC he teaches classes on environmental history, ethics, and leadership and helps... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Mighetto

Lisa Mighetto

executive director, American Society for Environmental History
Lisa Mighetto is the executive director of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), a non-profit educational organization, and serves as affiliate faculty at the University of Washington-Tacoma. She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington, where... Read More →
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Robert Michael Pyle

author
Robert Michael Pyle studied butterfly conservation at the Monks Wood Experimental Station in England as a Fulbright Scholar, leading to his founding of the Xerces Society in 1971. Xerces is now the largest pollination protection team in the world. Pyle earned his Ph.D. at Yale University, where he investigated Lepidoptera eco-geography and conservation under Charles Remington. Later he worked for the government of Papua New Guinea on giant birdwing butterfly cons... Read More →

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

2:45pm

A New Zealand Community Perspective on Enhancing Positive Risk Taking Outdoors
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This presentation will document a journey of the children and families at the YMCA Early Learning Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, based on the observations of the children taking more risks in the environment through their play. It will also consider how adults react to the increase of risk-taking behavior in children.
Vsits to the local bush enhance children's understanding of moving in this space with, and alongside, others. Everyone learns how to keep ourselves safe and be good stewards of this land including how to respect, listen, interact within these natural spaces confidently and competently.
The session will highlight:
1: The New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum: Te Whaariki.
2: How learning and development is supported in the natural environment through a New Zealand perspective.
3: How Appreciative Inquiry delights, inspires and respects the process of review.

Speakers
avatar for Lorraine Duncumb

Lorraine Duncumb

Group Manager ECE, YMCA Auckland Region
I am still inspired by children and how they see their world. Their curiosity opens up many conversations for us all to learn from. My passion is providing nature rich experiences for children to build resilience and knowledge of stewardship of the environments we interact with. I... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Keane

Shannon Keane

Centre Manager, YMCA Auckland
Kia Ora/Hello, | My name is Shannon Keane and I have been a passionate Early Childhood advocator/Teacher for the past 16+ years. I have been in different roles throughout my career in and around early childhood environments. I was born in New Zealand and I am very proud of our... Read More →

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

2:45pm

WE PROTECT WHAT WE LOVE – The Power of Creativity in a Natural Environment
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Learn how you can actively engage children with nature through environmental art activities and foster a deep love for the natural world.

In this hands-on workshop, Marghanita Hughes will share activities on how to nurture a deep love and respect for the natural world through creative expression. Participants will create their very own meaningful nature art and learn how storytelling with nature can bring about powerful change and attitude. We will explore how nature art can be integrated in your programming to instill an everlasting love and appreciation for the natural world. Nature Art develops a connection to all forms of life in the places in which we play and learn, which leads to a desire to live more sustainably in these places now, and in the future. These simple activities are powerful and inspire us all to be good stewards for the environment and to take action in our school, home, office and community. Max 20

Speakers
avatar for Marghanita Hughes

Marghanita Hughes

Nature Art Educator, Educating the Heart with Nature Art
Marghanita Hughes specializes in reconnecting children with nature through meaningful art. Marghanita's nature-art activities are based on the spirit of sharing and caring and connecting with our natural world. Owner of "Educating the Heart with Nature Art” an online and offline... Read More →

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Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
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