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 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Taking Autism Outdoors

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Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders, referred to by some as an “epidemic”. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 kids falls within the Autism spectrum. Taking Autism Outdoors (TAO) is an afterschool "camp" that took place in local parks over 10 sessions in Spring 2018. It was designed to provide data on the mental, social, and physical benefits of nature on kids with autism. It also sought to provide an easily replicable template for others interested in offering similar programs, to create a stewardship ethic and love for the outdoors in the lives of participants and their families, and to introduce families to free, safe parks close to home in hopes they will continue to regularly spend time in nature. This session will provide a basic 10-session program template/resources, tips on collaborating with local school districts, a synopsis of successes and lessons learned (there were alot), and reassurance and guidance to those interested in working with special needs populations. Plans for TAO camp for Fall 2018, the value of meetup groups, and greatest achievement of the program - friendships - will also be discussed.

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Liz Geisler

District Special Education Instructional Specialist, East Central ISD
Education is Liz's second career and she has been with ECISD for all of her 10+ years in service. She gets to spend her days supporting teachers who serve students receiving special education services, Pre-K to graduation. She appreciates the creative, open minds at EC which allow... Read More →
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Niki Lake

Education Manager, Audubon Texas / Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Thursday December 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am CST
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