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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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Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton

Miami County Park District
Director of Environmental Education
Miami County, Ohio
Known as “Cinda Wind~ the gentle breeze~” by those who join her for fun, frolic, and learning in the outdoors, Cinda has been creating exciting learning experiences connecting people to nature as director/naturalist/educator for four decades. She is honored to have been recognized numerous times at state and national levels for development of innovative, cross curricular, connect to nature programs as a classroom teacher as well as park director/ naturalist in partnerships with schools.

Her current passion, in collaboration with The Ohio Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside coalition, is encouraging schools to achieve the award: “BEST SCHOOL FOR CONNECTING KIDS TO NATURE where ‘KIDS ARE HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, AND SMARTER” (inspired by Richard Louv). This project incorporates schools participating in outdoor experiences on and off site, literature incorporation in school and at home as well as the incorporation of music and art to inspire kids, teachers and parents to go explore, play and connect with the outdoors.

Cinda currently directs environmental education programming at Miami County Park District involving over 12,000 school student contacts and their families and a staff of 25 teacher/naturalists. She co-chairs the Leave No Child Inside Connect-To-Nature Collaborative in Southwest Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies/Biology from Manchester College (University) and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Dayton. Favorite pastimes include “enjoying the moment”, outdoor adventuring while creating fun memories with her husband, kids, grandkids, dogs, cats, horses and friends!