2020 Texas Children in Nature Summit: Turning to Nature During Times of Change

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January 6, 2021 2pm

Dr. Christine Norton, PhD, will share her work with youth in public housing and the use of nature for promoting health and wellbeing

Youth living in public housing often face chronic risk factors, such as poverty, family violence, and addiction, and may benefit from more asset-building experiences in their lives (Forrest-Bank, et al, 2014). Too often, children from marginalized communities do not have access to the outdoors, yet...

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February 3, 2021 2pm

Workshop looking at nature journaling with Lari Jo Edwards

Together we will explore sketching and writing as a powerful observation tool that gives everyone the means to better connect with the flora and fauna. Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program will provide writing, sketching, mapping and mindfulness curriculum ideas that help to engage visitors in the natural and cultural history of their own communities. These activities are...

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March 3, 2021 2pm

Discussion about Austin's Green School Parks initiative and an innovative assessment tool the team has created.

Since 2016 Austin has been part of the Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative, a partnership initiative of the National League of Cities and the Children and Nature Network working towards more equitable access to nature for the children of Austin. One of the strategies CCCN Austin has incorporated is green school...

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April 7, 2021 2pm

Discussion with Gina LaMotte of EcoRise

What would it take to ensure that every child in Texas graduated high school environmentally literate and prepared to build healthy, sustainable and resilient communities for all? Gen:Thrive, is an initiative that uses GIS mapping and data visualization to track K-12 environmental education programs alongside equity and climate challenges. Our goal is to identify gaps in services, opportunities...

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May 5, 2021 2pm

Workshop with Amanda McMickle of the Will Smith Zoo School at the San Antonio Zoo

Connecting our youngest audiences with nature is so important and beneficial to families and to our world. Not only will parents continue to look for schools and programming for children up to age five, a relationship developed with nature at a young age results in proactive behaviors towards our vulnerable planet well into adulthood. Exposure to...

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June 2, 2021 2pm

Workshop with Rolando Balli of Ozadi

Do you remember the fun of recess at school or the times you would just look at the sky and imagine shapes in the clouds? Do you remember what it was like to be curious of nature and the universe? Many of us do not posses the level of curiosity we once had as children. Yet, the curiosity and awe that is inspired by nature provides mental and physical well-being to children…and adults. This session...


Teacher Workshops

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January 23, 2021 10am

With COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing, schools are looking for creative ways to address the needs of their students in the upcoming school year. Join experts in the field as they discuss the tips and tricks of taking your class outdoors. Also addressed will be best practices of outdoor lessons and how various subjects can be transitioned into outdoors learning. The workshop will feature breakout rooms and work with various experts...

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February 27, 2021 10am

Join Texas Children in Nature as we explore several Texas based statewide environmental education curriculums. Presenters from Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET, Texas Aquatic Science and the Texas Wildlife Association will be sharing information about their curriculums and why it might be a good fit for you and your program. This workshop will feature some great free activity ideas and how to explore more on each of these...

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March 25, 2021 7pm

Play is an essential activity across the lifespan, for all people. Active outdoor play in and with nature has benefits for our physical and emotional well-being, and also helps us to strengthen our relationships with nature and the planet we call home. With increases in urbanization, concerns with safety, and changes in the climate and environmental conditions in the US and globally, people are spending more time indoors. Educators have...


Virtual Meet-Ups

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February 4, 2021 5pm

Join partners across the state to network and share what we all have been up to.



Nature Events

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December 30, 2020 2pm

Join Texas Children in Nature and Author Julie Beever as she reads her newest children's book: A House for Wren

About this Event

Author Julie Beever will be reading her book "A House for Wren" live, and we will follow up with an activity.

You can get her book here if you want to read along:...

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January 14, 2021 6:30pm

oin Texas Children in Nature to Discuss the Benefits of Children Spending Time in Nature and Hear About Options to Spend Time Outdoors

About this Event

Panel discussion from Texas Children in Nature partners in San Antonio about the benefits of children spending time in nature, children who learn and play outdoors are healthier, happier and smarter. In addition partners from across the city will share how they are working in the...