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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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Cheryl Charles

IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
Co-Founder and CEO Emerita
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 live, learn, lead and serve in healthy balance with the natural world. AUNE's Nature Based Leadership Institute applies nature’s lessons to achieve economic, environmental and social justice. A student of natural systems, Cheryl has applied nature-based leadership principles to her work to facilitate social change for the past four decades. Cheryl is author, editor and designer of a wide variety of publications including books, articles, and educational materials. Cheryl has given hundreds of public presentations including scores of keynote addresses; and has facilitated a wide variety of civic, business and educational meetings on a range of topics from developing community leadership to leading the worldwide effort to reconnect children with nature. Cheryl is the Co-Founder, President and CEO Emerita of the Children & Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org) and currently coordinates the Network’s international activities. Recipient of numerous awards for her leadership, she served as founding National Director of the pioneering K-12, interdisciplinary environment education programs, Project Learning Tree and Project WILD. She co-founded and served as the chief executive for the Center for the Study of Community and Windstar Land Conservancy and also served as CEO of John Denver’s Windstar Foundation and the Sol y Sombra Foundation. Cheryl is Co-Founder and Principal of Hawksong Associates (www.hawksongassociates.com), a consulting practice focused on innovation, community building, leadership and educational program development.