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.

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Thursday, December 6 • 10:45am - 11:45am
The Most Accessible Camp in the World

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The journey of the Austin YMCA Camp Moody: From raising the funds to facility design, something to chew on and something for everyone! Come learn about our plans for the newest (and most accessible) urban YMCA camp in the world from a financial, geographic and physical standpoint. We'll share how we're improving access to nature through built environments and how public/private partnerships have paved the way to make this possible. Learning from our  Conservation and Management Plan will be shared and advice solicited from the audience!
The YMCA of Austin is a $28M non-profit located in the Austin, Texas area. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA is addressing critical community issues such as drowning prevention and childhood obesity. With eight full-facilities and over 20 community program sites, the YMCA of Austin is the largest YMCA in the country without an overnight camp. Beginning in 1999 with the donation of 100 acres of land, a fundraising campaign was launched in 2015 after extensive market and feasibility studies to develop the case and scope for the project. After engaging hundreds of stakeholders, significant community leaders, and project partners, the YMCA is poised to complete fundraising in 2019 and open fully to the community in 2020.

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Megan Arnold

VP of Development, YMCA of Austin
Megan is an experienced development professional with a demonstrated history of working in the Nonprofit sector. Megan has seventeen years experience with the YMCA, eight of those years working in Development helping to connect peoples passions and their philanthropic dollars with... Read More →

Luke Austenfeld

Luke Austenfeld graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education and a major in Art. Luke received his Masters of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Non Profit Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in... Read More →

Thursday December 6, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am CST
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