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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 9: Digging Deep: In-depth sessions on policy advocacy and growing effective inclusive networks [clear filter]
Thursday, April 20

9:45am PDT

International Policy and Advocacy on Children and Nature: The Growing Political Movement to Connect all Youth to Nature
Limited Capacity full
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There is a growing political movement to connect children and youth to nature, from the Obama’s Administration’s Every Kid in a Park initiative to numerous examples across the globe. Today's policymakers are seeing a budding constituency that wants to make sure that the next generation of youth have access to green space, a healthy environment and are inspired to become the next stewards. Please join this session to see examples of how this movement is taking shape across the globe

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Martin LeBlanc

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

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Rick Bates

Executive Vice-President and CEO, Canadian Wildlife Federation
Rick Bates is the CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canada’s largest conservation charity.  CWF has been a leader in experiential education and connecting people to nature for over 30 years. Through its educator professional development and youth... Read More →
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Griffin Longley

CEO, Nature Play WA
Griffin Longley, Bio Chief Executive Officer, Nature Play WA Griffin Longley is the CEO of Nature Play WA, an inaugural Board Member of the WA Parks Foundation, an award winning journalist, a former weekly columnist with The West Australian Newspaper, and the founder of a program... Read More →
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Jackie Ostfeld

Director, Nearby Nature & Chair, OAK, Sierra Club & OAK

Thursday April 20, 2017 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)

11:15am PDT

Bringing Vibrancy and Health to Urban Settings
Limited Capacity filling up

This session highlights three creative, innovative projects with practical ideas for replicating them in your community. Partners in the Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative developed a Create-With-Nature Cart as a prototype for a San Francisco Festival in an area in flux, filled with people from diverse backgrounds, often alienated from each other and the natural world, affecting their social, emotional, and physical well-being.  The Create-With-Nature Cart was created as a portable oasis for the public of all ages to collaboratively create, using natural materials. The Cart is a replicable model for bringing nature to city dwellers in a way that promotes a connection with the natural world, as well as human connections that foster vibrancy and health. Even among participants with no spoken language in common, the language of collaborative creativity and the natural world speaks clearly. Today the Create-With-Nature Cart is a structural anchor for a Create-With-Nature Zones in natural areas including a table-top surface for universal access by people with and without mobility limitations.

Jose Gonzalez will share the story of the making of "Estamos Aqui: A Celebration of Nature y Cultura." The film made its premiere at The White House in Washington DC and is being screened in National Parks across the country. The film celebrates the many ways the Latino culture overlaps with nature and conservation, and offers renewed excitement for encouraging diversity in the outdoors along with clear ideas and answers for entreating diverse communities in nature programming.

To demonstrate how green space can be used by healthcare professionals as an effective teaching and health promotion tool, the National Environmental Education Foundation, the US Forest Service, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and a large group of community partners formed a dynamic partnership in Conroe, TX. Together they created a nature-rich outdoor Nature Explore Classroom at the Lone Star Family Health Center. This is the first health center in the country to have a Nature Explore Classroom on its property.

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Sara Espinoza

Managing Dir. Research & Best Pract., National Environmental Education Foundation
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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 →
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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 →
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Mary Roscoe

Coordinator, Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative
I coordinate the Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative and am currently involved in network design. I am exploring the possibility with others of mapping summit participants to help contribute to meaningful connections to weave the social fabric of our movement and create a collective... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)

2:45pm PDT

Engaging Constituents on Public Lands
Limited Capacity seats available

It is a top priority for public lands and waters, national parks, wildlife refuges and land trusts to develop strategies to effectively and meaningfully engage diverse groups and new generations of constituents to visit and protect wild places. This panel will examine strategies implemented by U.S. and Canadian Parks systems designed to connect new communities to the natural world. This is an excellent opportunity for you to discuss ways that your program, policies or people can participate in these efforts.

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Fran Mainella

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Fran Mainella is a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She is also President of Fran Mainella Consulting,LLC.  Director Mainella served nearly six years as the 16th Director and the first woman to lead the U. S. National... Read More →

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Élisabeth Lacoursière

Director, Outreach & Marketing, Parks Canada
Having joined Parks Canada in 2010, Élisabeth Lacoursière now manages national office leadership and support for marketing, promotion, outreach, and events as Director, Outreach and Marketing Branch. Prior to her arrival at Parks Canada, Élisabeth worked at the National Capital... Read More →

Susan Newton

Senior VP, Grants & Programs, National Park Foundation

Erica Thompson

Senior National Director, Conservation Engagement, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm PDT
Marine (Ground floor towards the Spa)