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2024 Summit

December 11, 2024 12pm - December 13, 2024 12:30pm

2024 Texas Children in Nature Network Summit

December 11-13, 2024 at the Waco Convention Center in Waco, Texas

Presented by H-E-B.

Location: 100 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701

During this three-day Summit, TCiNN will bring together health, education, built environment, faith, conservation, and community leaders to shape an even brighter future for the children of Texas. Over 300 community leaders from across the state will gather to strengthen the network and develop opportunities and policies that will connect more children and families in nature.

Conference at a Glance

  • Wednesday

    • 10-11:30: Regional Collaborative Meetings

    • 1-4: Workshops around Waco

    • 5-6:30: Summit Happy Hour

  • Thursday

    • 8-6: Conference Sessions

    • 6 -9: Evening Event

  • Friday

    • 8-12:30:Conference Sessions

    Keynote Speakers:

    • David Vela: David Vela retired from the National Park Service in September 2020 after 30 years with the agency, most recently serving as Deputy Director, Exercising the Authority of the Director. He also served as Chair of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. David was the first Latino to be nominated by the President of the United States to serve as Director of the National Park Service.

      David held numerous leadership and executive-level assignments in the National Park Service including serving as a Superintendent, Regional Director, and Associate Director. In addition, he served as Director of the Texas Child Support program under the Attorney General of Texas. In retirement, David serves on several national nonprofit boards and is the founder and president of Vela Heritage Consulting, LLC.

    • Adam Bienenstock: Adam is an internationally acclaimed designer, builder, and researcher of nature-based play spaces and the founder of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Adam has traveled globally to advocate for children’s rights and nature play and to design spectacular natural parks and playgrounds. Adam lives and works at the forefront of the movement to connect children to nature. His bold, charismatic personality sets the tone for the entire company. His comprehensive experience in design, advocacy, education, research, and construction makes Adam one of the most thoroughly seasoned veterans in the nature play industry.

    Chasing the Tide

    • Presentation from Jay Kleberg and his new project Chasing the Tide: In October 2023, Chrissy and Jay Kleberg were the first to walk every inch of Texas’ seven barrier islands - more than 370 miles in just 21 days. A team of cinematographers and photographers joined them. This film series tells the story of that journey along a vibrant and resilient coast. Join us to watch two episodes of the special and a panel discussion with experts from the film