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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 8: Connecting Communities: Exploring nature’s role in community building and healing justice and equity [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20
 

9:45am

Amplifying Voices on the Outside: Highlighting Equitable Engagement of Youth in Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

Setting the stage around equity and inclusion, attendees will learn about specific tools to equitably engage youth in nature. The session will highlight youth engagement programs that give voice to foster youth and queer youth in the nature movement, voices that are often underrepresented.

Moderator
avatar for Mikaela Randolph

Mikaela Randolph

Director, Cities and Nature, Mikaela
Mikaela is the Director of Cities and Nature with the Children & Nature Network. In this role, she provides technical assistance to cities across the country to address equitable access to nature.

Speakers
avatar for Maddie Dineen

Maddie Dineen

Graduate Student, Huxley College of the Environment
Currently I am the Environmental Education Program Coordinator at Camp Fire Samish in Bellingham, WA as well as a staff member of Western Washington University conducting work study with Dr. Nicolas Stanger. My work with Camp Fire Samish involves curriculum development of an environmental... Read More →
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Ava Holliday

Founding Partner, The Avarna Group
Ava believes in this work because she believes a more sustainable future is dependent on simultaneously working towards social and environmental justice. As a result, she has devoted the last six years to researching and working in this field. Currently a Ph. D. candidate at the University... Read More →
avatar for Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Aparna Rajagopal-Durbn

Cofounder, The Avarna Group, PGM ONE
We build capacity within organizations in the outdoor, conservation, environmental education, youth development, and camp space to engage in meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Talk to me about DEI training, presentations, webinars, resources, climate/culture... Read More →
avatar for Elyse Rylander

Elyse Rylander

Executive Director, OUT There Adventures
Elyse has worked outside with people from all walks of life since she was 16. Her passion for creating nature-based experiences that increase accessibility, interest and fun for every person has taken shape in many projects. Most recently Elyse has undertaken the co-creation of the... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am
Cypress 1 (2nd Floor)

11:15am

Transforming Urban Spaces through Co-creation with the Community
Limited Capacity filling up

Too often, community engagement paints community organizations and residents as consumers rather than collaborators. This session highlights the creative work of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Great Urban Parks Campaign where initiatives are co-created with the community.

Moderator
avatar for Mikaela Randolph

Mikaela Randolph

Director, Cities and Nature, Mikaela
Mikaela is the Director of Cities and Nature with the Children & Nature Network. In this role, she provides technical assistance to cities across the country to address equitable access to nature.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Bohr

Stephanie Bohr

Director, Community Innovation and Collaboration, Lincoln Park Zoo
Stephanie’s passion is using research and evaluation to develop innovative, impactful experiences that encourage diverse and marginalized audiences to explore nature with full access and measurable benefits. At Lincoln Park Zoo, she leads three distinct yet interrelated teams: Community... Read More →
avatar for Angelou Ezeilo

Angelou Ezeilo

Founder, Greening Youth Foundation
Angelou’s love for the environment stretches far back to when she was a little girl who had the chance to escape the dense urban streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, to summer in upstate New York. | | After a brief stint of practicing law, it was through her work as a Legal Specialist... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Hyatt

Lisa Hyatt

Manager, Community Engagement, Lincoln Park Zoo
avatar for Lori Robertson

Lori Robertson

Director of Conservation, National Recreation and Park Association
As Director of Conservation Lori oversees NRPA’s conservation portfolio at NRPA. With background as a science educator in both public school and residential programming, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world. She comes to NRPA from the... Read More →


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

2:45pm

Hand in Hand: Community and City Leadership Working Together to Address Equitable Access to Nature
Limited Capacity seats available

The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) Initiative pairs city leadership with intentional community engagement efforts to address equitable access to nature. Hear from representatives from key U.S. cities that are participating in a seven-city CCCN cohort as they talk about strategies they employed to address nature access in urban environments. Among the strategies they will discuss: green schoolyards, out-of-school time, early childhood, and school/park partnerships. Learn about successes and challenges and access tools to assist your city in addressing nature inequities.

Moderator
avatar for Mikaela Randolph

Mikaela Randolph

Director, Cities and Nature, Mikaela
Mikaela is the Director of Cities and Nature with the Children & Nature Network. In this role, she provides technical assistance to cities across the country to address equitable access to nature.

Speakers
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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Bennett Knox

Parks Administrator, Louisville Parks and Recreation/Natural Areas
avatar for Margaret Lamar

Margaret Lamar

Children & Nature Network
avatar for Damien Raffa

Damien Raffa

Community Programs, Presidio Trust
For the past 25 years, Damien has designed and implemented projects and programs to provide urban children, youth and families engaging experiences and encounters with "nature in the city" (San Francisco). He's a lead collaborator with the San Francisco's participation nation-wide... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Cypress 1 (2nd Floor)