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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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Drew Monkman

Nature writer
Peterborough, ON, Canada
Drew Monkman (dmonkman1@cogeco.ca) is a retired French immersion teacher, naturalist and writer whose nature column, “Our Changing Seasons,” appears regularly in the Peterborough Examiner. He is the author of three books. Two explore what is happening in the natural world each month of the year. They are "Nature's Year in the Kawarthas: A guide to the unfolding seasons" (2002) and "Nature’s Year: Changing seasons in Central and Eastern Ontario" (2012) Drew also co-authored "The Big Book of Nature Activities: A year-round guide to outdoor learning" (2016) with Jacob Rodenburg, executive director of Camp Kawartha in Peterborough, ON. The book is a comprehensive guide for parents, grandparents and educators to help youth of all ages - as well as adults - develop a greater appreciation for the natural world. It contains more than 100 seasons-based nature activities, phenological events for each season, an introduction to evolution, stories, games and observations.

For over 20 years, Drew oversaw the development of a schoolyard naturalization project and outdoor classroom at Edmison Heights Public School Peterborough. In 2015, he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Trent University. Drew also maintains a website (drewmonkman.com) where he posts past columns (450+), recent wildlife sightings, his daily "what's happening today in nature" Tweets and information on climate change in the Kawarthas region of Ontario.