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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.

Please note: Schedules are now locked from being changed. If you would like to make changes to your schedule, please come see us at the registration desk. See you in Vancouver!
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Adam Bienenstock

Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds
Founder & Principal Designer
Dundas, Ontario

“Connecting children to nature when and where they play”

Adam is an award winning consultant on design, construction, policy, risk and regulatory process for connecting children to nature in our cities. His partners and clients include Parks Canada, ParticipACTION, Right to Play, CBC, The Canadian Wildlife Federation, the US Army, US Forestry Service, Head Start, World heritage sites, nature centres, zoos, hospitals, childcares, schoolyards and backyards across the US and Canada. 

He serves as a board director at the Child and Nature Alliance (www.childnature.ca), where he founded Nature Play Day (www.natureplayday.ca), is a regular collaborator with Richard Louv’s US based Children and Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org), sits on the Ministers Round Table for Parks Canada, and teaches as part of the CPSA (Certified Playground Safety Academy). 

A prolific writer and speaker on the importance of the child/nature connection in our built environment, Adam has delivered keynote speeches and workshops at the AECEO, NAEYC, ARPA, OPA, LEAD Gmbh, Humber College, Seneca College, Ryerson University, University of Guelph, and more across North America.

Adam lives and works with his wife and two young children in a heritage home surrounded by an ever changing experimental natural playground in Dundas, Ontario.