Join the Texas Children in Nature network at the annual Summit and Champions Luncheon. The Summit will bring together leaders from the conservation, education, health, faith and built-environments to share best practices and new innovations that will inspire others to take action.

Texas Children in Nature (TCiN) is a program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. TCiN supports the network of over 500 partner organizations who are dedicated to creating equitble access to nature for children and families. Research shows that children who learn and play in nature are healthier, happier and smarter. Join us this year at the Summit and find out why Texas continues to lead the children in nature movement to connect over 3 million children with nature each year. 

Location:  Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina, 707 North Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Register for this event by clicking on the Ticket button below. Once you are registered you can manage your schedule and networking events.

Registration includes: Access to all sessions, breakfast on Dec. 6 & 7 and access to the Champions Luncheon.


Janice Ainbinder

South Texas Master Naturalist and Flour Bluff ISD
Master Naturalist
avatar for Melody Alcazar

Melody Alcazar

City of Austin
Program Manager
avatar for Melissa Alderson

Melissa Alderson

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Conservation Education Manager
avatar for Megan Arnold

Megan Arnold

YMCA of Austin
VP of Development
avatar for Nitakuwa Barrett

Nitakuwa Barrett

Dell Medical School
Program Manager
avatar for Michelle Bertelsen

Michelle Bertelsen

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Patric Beyer

City of Austin

Whitney Bishop

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Social Media Coordinator

Carly Blankenship

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
avatar for Louie Bond

Louie Bond

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
avatar for Jennifer Bristol

Jennifer Bristol

Texas Children In Nature

Peggy Carnahan

Our Lady of the Lake University

Katie Chennisi

Harris County Public Health
Public Health Analyst
avatar for Katie Coyne

Katie Coyne

Asakura Robinson
User-Adapted Designer for Communities and Regions

Dr. John Crompton

Texas A&M University

Rob Dussler

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Chief Education Officer

James Faerber

Explore Austin
Program Director
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Marya Fowler

National Wildlife Federation, South Central Region
Director of Education - Outreach Programs
avatar for Rodney Franklin

Rodney Franklin

Texas Parks and Wildlife- State Parks
Division Director for State Parks
avatar for Terri Garth

Terri Garth

The Parish School
Director of Integrated Arts and Sciences

Dakus Geeslin

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,
Policy and Education Program Team Leader, Coastal Fisheries Division
avatar for Liz Geisler

Liz Geisler

East Central ISD
District Special Education Instructional Specialist
avatar for Jaime González

Jaime González

The Nature Conservancy in Texas
Houston Urban Conservation Programs Manager
avatar for Kendrick Gray

Kendrick Gray

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Community Archery Training Specialist
avatar for Caleb Harris

Caleb Harris

Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve
Education Coordinator

Richard Heilbrun

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Conservation Outreach Program Leader
avatar for Nancy Herron

Nancy Herron

TCiNN Board Member
avatar for Niki Lake

Niki Lake

Audubon Texas / Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Education Manager
avatar for Margaret Lamar

Margaret Lamar

Children & Nature Network
avatar for Jeff Lindstrom

Jeff Lindstrom

Creative Director / Senior Designer
avatar for Monica Lopez Magee

Monica Lopez Magee

Children & Nature Network
Senior Vice President, Cities and Community Engage
avatar for Lauren Zappone Maples

Lauren Zappone Maples

Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability
Executive Director

Karen Marks

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Aquatic Education Manager
avatar for Martha McLeod

Martha McLeod

Aransas County ISD
5th grade science lab instructor
avatar for Meade Mitchell

Meade Mitchell

TBG Partners
avatar for Anne Muller

Anne Muller

Austin ISD
Outdoor Learning Specialist

Kimberly Ogden

avatar for Marisa Oliva-Rodriguez

Marisa Oliva-Rodriguez

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

Patrick Olsen

Lower Colorado River Authority
Parks Program Coordinator Sr

Thea Platz

North East ISD -all
Director Environmental Outdoor Education
avatar for Dr. Stephen Pont

Dr. Stephen Pont

Texas Department of State Health Services
Medical Director

Nicole Poulson

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve
Education Specialist
avatar for Amy Rampy

Amy Rampy

TBG Partners
Senior Associate

Lisa Reznicek

State Park Interpreter
avatar for Russell Roe

Russell Roe

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Magazine editor in chief

Rachel Rommel

Texas Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife
Statewide Coordinator
avatar for Kenneth Saintonge

Kenneth Saintonge

Texas Parks and Wildlife- VISTA
avatar for Kassi Scheffer-Geeslin

Kassi Scheffer-Geeslin

Texas Wildlife Association
Director of Formal Education

Cappy Smith

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
CO-OP Grant Manager
avatar for Johnnie Smith

Johnnie Smith

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Director of Outreach and Education
avatar for Amalia Sollars

Amalia Sollars

Northside Independent School District
K-8th Enrichment Programs Coordinator
avatar for Walter Stankiewicz

Walter Stankiewicz

Texas Parks and Wildlife- VISTA
AmeriCorps - VISTA
avatar for Molly Stevens

Molly Stevens

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
Executive Director and CEO
avatar for Haily Summerford

Haily Summerford

Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Executive Director
avatar for Gail Sutton

Gail Sutton

Harte Research Institute
Associate Director for Institutional Initiatives, Finance and...

Blyth Swartsfager

Odem ISD
avatar for Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor

UT Marine Science Institute and Mission- Aransas NERR
Education Specialist

Louisa Torrance

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Ambassador Program Coordinator
avatar for Miranda Wait

Miranda Wait

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Deputy Director of Spring Lake Operations
avatar for Kristen Weil

Kristen Weil

The Trust for Public Land
Manager of Urban Analytics
avatar for Linda Welsh, PhD

Linda Welsh, PhD

Early Childhood/Higher Education Consultant
avatar for Caley Zuzula

Caley Zuzula

Travis Audubon
Program Manager