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

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Thursday, December 6 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Exploring Nature Connection Through Research: The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

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The Meadows Center is headquartered at Spring Lake on the Texas State University Campus – an environmentally, culturally and archaeologically significant resource which serves as a living laboratory, community center and irreplaceable educational resource. We engage approximately 32,000 school children annually in outdoor experiential education programs. This session will highlight three exciting educational research projects that are currently underway at The Meadows Center. These research initiatives are innovative and inspiring as they explore and inform nature connection in children and young adults. Exploring mindfulness in environmental interpretation: Mindfulness is a theoretical, conceptual and practical way to understand and engage with interpretation. Mindfulness practice facilitates heightened noticing and awareness of one’s self and surroundings. Connection to the environment through novel distinction is central to effective interpretation. This study employs mindfulness interventions with environmental interpreters. The purpose of the research is to explore and understand the relationship between mindfulness, nature connection and interpretation. Connecting Interest in and Awareness of the Environment with an Informal Experience Solving global environmental problems will require more people pursuing STEM careers to discover solutions and a scientifically literate society that is interested in and values the environment. The purpose of this study is to test the effect of participation in an informal learning environment on college students’ interest in science by looking at the impact of a glass-bottom boat tour has on a student’s interest in science, interest in STEM careers, and environmental awareness. Children’s Perceptions of Nature Through Maps and Map Making Our newest educational field trip activity, called Mapping the Meadows, looks at the children’s perceptions of nature and their understanding of spatio-temporal characteristics of maps through the maps they create of their field trip.  These maps are the largest data set of their kind and are a part of our research data hub.


Rob Dussler

Chief Education Officer, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
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Miranda Wait

Deputy Director of Spring Lake Operations, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Thursday December 6, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
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