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 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Plays Well With Others: Why Collaboration, Data, and Design Are Vital to Promoting Healthy Communities Through Parks

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Local parks and trails provide enormous community health benefits. Their use has been shown to lower stress, blood pressure, and the risk of chronic health issues. In addition to providing opportunities for physical activity, parks strengthen communities by creating social spaces and connecting people to nature. Parks also create healthier environments, combating urban heat islands and improving air quality. Despite this connection, there is a frequent lack of collaboration between experts in the public health field and local park planners, and parks and recreation staff seldom pursue health-focused grants to fund local park development. Travis, Bastrop, and Caldwell Counties have some of the highest levels of health disparities in Central Texas. As part of their mission to address the health and equity challenges facing the region, St. David’s Foundation has decided to support local park development and improvements. In order to prioritize the park projects that will have the greatest impact on community health, the foundation funded the Healthy Parks Plan for Travis, Bastrop, and Caldwell Counties. Led by The Trust for Public Land, Asakura Robinson, and TBG Partners, the project will utilize GIS analysis and community and stakeholder input to identify the park investments that will maximize community health and equity. Local experts and stakeholders from the fields of park planning, health, environmental science, and equity have formed a multi-disciplinary Steering Committee and Technical Advisory Team that guide the project's process and results.  Project outcomes will include health-focused design standards for various park typologies, conceptual park designs, a summary report, and an interactive online story map. The Healthy Parks Plan will also develop a web-based decision-support tool that combines park and health data with community perspectives to help local partners identify opportunities for community investment

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Katie Coyne

User-Adapted Designer for Communities and Regions, Asakura Robinson
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Amy Rampy

Senior Associate, TBG Partners
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Kristen Weil

Manager of Urban Analytics, The Trust for Public Land
Kristen Weil, Manager of Urban Analytics for The Trust for Public Land, works to strategically identify areas to create parks or protect land for people. This involves expert-informed spatial assessments to identify where parks and open space can have multiple benefits to improve... Read More →

Thursday December 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
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