Connecting Children and Nature:
Conference & Workshop
Natural Play Space in Your Community: An Interactive Workshop
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - University of Minnesota, Crookston
Workshop Agenda (PDF)
Please join us for a day of discussion and presentations on creating natural play spaces. Wherever you and your community are at in the process, this workshop will have something for you.
In the morning, we will offer plenary presentation by U of M staff and local partners that will cover the planning, installation, and programming aspects of natural play spaces with examples of what has been done in the region. The afternoon will consist of break-out discussions that will address exactly what is needed to move your project forward. Read the full news release
2010 ConferenceConference slideshow (PDF)
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
University of Minnesota, Crookston Campus
Featuring keynote by Cheryl Charles,
co-founder of the Children and Nature Network
Registration Fee: $20* (includes lunch)
Student Registration Fee: $5 (does not include lunch)
Simple steps can create mass movement to reconnect young children with nature. Learn and discuss how interactions in nature can improve health and wellness in every child.
* The registration fee will be $21 for those paying by credit card.
SponsorsUS Fish & Wildlife Services | Rydell Wildlife Refuge | Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
Extension Environmental Science Education | University of Minnesota, Crookston
NW Statewide Health Improvement Program Cluster | Northwest Regional Development Commission
U of M Regional Extension - Crookston | MN Chapter of the Wildlife Society
MN Prairie Chicken Society
|Time||Connecting Children and Nature - September 29, 2010
"This day will be a success if people have the information they need to truly understand the importance of connecting children and nature, and tools to make it happen." David Bennett
|8:30 - 9:20 am||Registration in hallway to Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center
Meet the champions from the region - poster session and environmental education fair in Bede.
Tables and handouts with resources available from agencies and organization.
|10 min||Move to Kiehle Auditorium, Kiehle Building|
|9:30 am - 11:00 am||Plenary Session in Kiehle Auditorium - Dan Svedarsky, Master of Ceremony
Welcome by Tom Baldwin, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, U of M, Crookston
Opening Remarks: Rick Schultz, USFWS Regional Chief - National Wildlife Refuge System
Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Charles, co-founder of Children and Nature Network
"The Ecology of Hope: Building a Movement to Reconnect Children and Nature"
|15 min||Move to Breakout Rooms|
|11:15 am - 12:00 pm||
Breakout Session 1 (choose one of the following)
1a. Nature-Engaged Families: A Research Overview
1b. Getting in Touch with Nature: Using digital media technology to connect students to nature (for grades 5 -12)
1c. Walkable Communities: Explore your community and nature
|12:00 pm - 1:20 pm||Lunch in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center
At 12:30, Emily Giese will introduce the Champions. Please take time to visit with them.
|10 min||Move to Breakout Rooms|
|1:30 -pm - 2:20 pm||
Breakout Session 2 (choose one of the following)
2a. Seasons of nature and family traditions
2b. Eyes on Wildlife: Following Wolves from the Classroom
2c. Three Ways Back Into Nature: PWLC, PSC, and NatureWorks
|10 min||Move to Breakouts|
|2:30 pm - 3:20 pm||
Breakout Session 3 (choose one of the following)
3a. Sampler of nature-based learning materials and resources
3b. Making good use of environmental field days - preparation and reflection.
3c. Engaging Your Community - getting started with the resources in your community
|10 min||Move to Plenary Session in Kiehle Auditorium, Kiehle Building|
|3:30 pm - 4:30 pm||Plenary Session - Kiehle Auditorium
Panel of participants providing reflection, summary and wrap-up. Pull together and synthesize the key ideas of the day. Moderated by Dan Svedarsky.
Meet the Champions:
- White Earth Academy of Math and Science - Deborah Zak
- SHIP - Sara Reese and Guy Griebe
- Waubun School Forest - Ray Thorkildson
- Challenger Elementary School Prairie - Tom Schafer
- River Watch - Wayne Goeken
- From AWLS to a School Forest - Doug Sandstrom
- Fun and Natural Kids Nutrition, how to eat and sustain ourselves naturally - Carol Robinson
- Science Camp Stephen/Argyle - Gary Kotts
- Rydell NWR Discover Area - Emily Giese
- Monarch Monitoring - Laura Bell