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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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Valerie Close

Lane Cove Council
Lane Cove Bush Kids
Sydney, Australia
G'day from Australia! It started with a nature club in my home when I was a child .... now, with over 20 years experience in environmental education and natural heritage interpretation, I'm just as passionate to share my love of the natural world.

Over the years, I've created the Families in Nature Network (FINN), Ku-ring-gai Bush Kids and been the inspiration for and am now working with Lane Cove Bush Kids.
My consulting business Ecolinks has created a number of programs that encourage people of all ages to connect with their local natural world including; Bush Birthday Parties, Nature for the Very Young , Making Connections school bush excursions and the Discovering Biodiversity Excursion Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities.

Australia is blessed with unique flora and fauna, and I'm lucky to have the opportunity to encourage both children and adults to develop a love and connection with our natural heritage. At all these programs, we turn off the technology and tune into the sounds, sights and smells of nature!
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Friday, April 21