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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 7: Advancing the Movement: Campaigns and collaborations to fuel the children and nature movement worldwide [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20
 

9:45am

Creative Collaborations
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn about practical, successful approaches to collaborative efforts to advance the children and nature movement. #NatureForAll is a campaign launched by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature with more than 120 partners worldwide, and you can join. The Nature Playbook is one of the resources developed by #NatureForAll Partners, a model for others. State and provincial strategic plans offer another solid model, with Texas’ example a strong case study. Ontario’s and others’ efforts to establish charters for children’s rights to nature offer a vision and an approach to collaborative efforts that encourage a nature-rich future for all.

Moderator
avatar for Cheryl Charles

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bristol

Jennifer Bristol

Coordinator, Texas Children In Nature
Jennifer Bristol is the coordinator for the Texas Children in Nature Network, which brings the conservation, health, and education communities together to connect children and families to nature.  She is the former Program Director for Camp Fire Central Texas where she developed... Read More →
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Karen Keenleyside

Parks Canada
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 →
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Chloe Dragon Smith

Connecting a New Generation with Nature, Canadian Parks Council
Chloe Dragon Smith is a young Metis woman from the small northern city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Her nature-filled upbringing shaped her values today. Today, Chloe holds a degree in Earth Science from the University of Victoria. While educated in Science, she is keenly... Read More →

Sponsors

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

11:15am

All Children Need Nature: Examples from Around the World
Limited Capacity full
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Throughout the world, many if not most children are disconnected from direct experiences with nature in their everyday lives. The movement to reconnect children, families and communities to nature is worldwide. Hear how countries are finding ways for children to play, learn and grow in and about the natural world, and participate in creative discussions about how the movement can deepen and expand while honoring cultural differences, economic challenges, and social priorities.

Moderator
avatar for Cheryl Charles

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Janani Eswar

Janani Eswar

Co-Founder, Growing In Nature (GRIN)
Janani Eswar is the co-founder of GRIN (Growing in Nature) a social enterprise that in incubated by ArtyPlantz in Bangalore, India. She finds innovative ways of blending theatre, public speaking, art, photography, naturalist studies, playfulness, ecopsychology and entrepreneurship... Read More →
avatar for Gill Mulholland

Gill Mulholland

Education Specialist, Eden Project
Eden Project aims to connect people to each other and the living world through memorable experiences and transformational projects. I have worked at Eden since its conception in 1999. Initially, I developed the schools team and early education programme, which has now grown to welcome... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra O'Rourke

Alexandra O'Rourke

Founder, Urban Wild Calgary
Alex’s current passion and work has a focus on building a connection to the natural world for children in the early years with an emphasis on family based nature experiences. Motivated in her new role as a parent, she developed a simple curriculum to engage Calgary families in the... Read More →
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Simon Stroud

Manager Education and Interpretation, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
At NSW Office of Environment and Heritage I am fortunate enough to be involved in a number of advocacy and education programs that involved technology such as WilderQuest, Wild AboutWhales, self-guided tours and other campaigns that encourage people to connect with nature. Before... Read More →

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Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm
Stanley Salon 1 (2nd Floor)

2:45pm

Earth Is Home to Us All: Honoring Indigenous, Refugee and Urban Children & Youth
Limited Capacity full
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Life is complicated and filled with challenges. Some of those experiencing the most profound challenges are today’s displaced children and families: refugees from political, economic, and social unrest; victims of environmental degradation; survivors of lost cultural connections and lands; and urban dwellers. This session focuses on wisdom gained from respectful learning from indigenous people, inter-cultural experiences, innovative collaborations, and place-based approaches to connecting people with nature even in the most urban environments.

Moderator
avatar for Cheryl Charles

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Luis Alberto Camargo

Luis Alberto Camargo

Director, OpEPA
Luis Alberto Camargo focuses his work towards reconnecting youth to nature and people to the Earth in order to build more sustainable and peaceful communities. Luis is the founder and Director of OpEPA (Organization for Environmental Education and Protection) a nonprofit organization... Read More →
avatar for Lais Fleury

Lais Fleury

Program Coordinator, Instituto Alana
Laís Fleury is one of the Director of Alana Institute, a non-profit organization that has a solid and broad work related with childhood in Brazil, and coordinates its Children and Nature project. She founded Associação Vaga Lume, a non-profit organization that develops education... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Stanger

Nicholas Stanger

Assistant Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Nick currently shares his time between deep outdoor play and high-tech online multimedia projects. This paradoxical interest has helped form his understanding and embodiment of the human-digital-nature conundrum we currently face in our westernized social fabric. Nick works as an... Read More →

Sponsors

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