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.

Thursday, December 6 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
How to Encourage Synaptic Activity with Nature: Lessons Learned from The Parish School

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Located in Houston, The Parish School has educated children ages 2-12 who have communication delays and learning differences since 1983. In June of 2018, the newest addition to their campus, Little Acorn Park, an outdoor learning environment, was completed. Through a case study of The Parish School’s Little Acorn Park, Meade Mitchell (Principal with landscape architecture firm TBG Partners) and Terri Garth (Director of Integrated Arts and Sciences at The Parish School) will walk session attendees step-by-step through the effort involved with creating a nature-focused Outdoor Learning Environment for the school.  Meade and Terri will discuss key takeaways and lessons learned, encompassing the entire process of bringing Little Acorn Park to life; from the initial fundraising phase, through consensus building, to master planning and detailed design, through contractor selection and implementation of the project. Attendees will learn invaluable tips for how to bring outdoor learning environments to their city, school or local park.  

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Terri Garth

Director of Integrated Arts and Sciences, The Parish School
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Meade Mitchell

Principal, TBG Partners
A Principal landscape architect based in TBG’s Houston office, Meade Mitchell has more than 20 years’ experience working on a wide range of project types throughout the design and construction processes. He provides steady leadership for his teams and manages multifaceted projects... Read More →

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