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
Texas Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife

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Nature education and outdoor recreation programs are often on a shoestring budget, with little long-term certainty.  Despite their importance, where is the real, tangible financial support for these programs? New legislation has emerged that could provide transformative changes in how these programs are funded.  It would also mean transformative change for the landscape, and fish and wildlife populations. This bipartisan bill, Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, aims to address our nation’s declining wildlife crisis by providing dedicated funding for conservation, education, and recreation.  The Texas conservation community could receive more than $63 million annually to recover declining wildlife and their habitats, improve nature education, and promote/enhance nonconsumptive outdoor recreation. Passage of this bill would be a game changer in helping us realize our shared vision of healthy Texas communities and families who benefit from the full host of services nature and biodiversity provides us.  A combined 30% of this annual funding could be used for conservation education and outdoor recreation programs which increase connections with, and access to, wildlife and their habitats. From pocket prairies, wild urban spaces, and neighborhood nature, to new outdoor learning environments, recreation and citizen science opportunities -- please join us to learn more about this landmark opportunity, the types of programs that could be implemented and expanded through the Texas Children in Nature Network, and how your organization can support the national movement.

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Jennifer Bristol

Author, Texas Children In Nature
Jennifer L. Bristol is the author of Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas and has contributed articles about nature exploration to Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine and the Children & Nature Network. Her current writing projects with Texas A&M University... Read More →

Richard Heilbrun

Conservation Outreach Program Leader, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Richard Heilbrun is the Conservation Outreach Program Leader for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.  He is a wildlife biologist by training, and has worked throughout the state on projects that conserve wildlife, manage wildlife habitat, and help people connect with natural resources... Read More →

Rachel Rommel

Statewide Coordinator, Texas Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife
Rachel credits a combination of childhood and adult experiences, special places & people, and continued education as key determinants for her personal connection to nature & wildlife. In her role as the Statewide Coordinator for the Texas Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife... Read More →

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