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 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Making Nature a Health Care Strategy

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The concept of connecting time in nature with better physical and mental health is one of the hallmarks of this movement. But how well are we engaging the healthcare community and how well are we communicating the health benefits to different audiences? Most of us aren't in the health care field, but don't be intimated--healthcare professionals are likely more receptive than you may think and there are straightforward health messages that we can use to raise awareness, find new allies, and advance the movement. More research than ever before now documents the health benefits for children and families who spend time outside and in nature. After an overview of successes and approaches from around the country, participants will roll up their sleeves and help strategize ready-to-implement state and local actions to elevate nature as a health care strategy.

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Nancy Herron

TCiNN Board Member, Self
Nancy Herron is a co-founder of TCiN and a board member of both the Children and Nature Network and Texas Children in Nature Network. Nancy retired after 23 years at Texas Parks and Wildlife and serving as their Outreach and Education Director. Her work background includes starting... Read More →
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Dr. Stephen Pont

Medical Director, Texas Department of State Health Services
After nearly a decade of practicing general pediatrics in primarily Spanish speaking safety net clinics, co-founding Dell Children’s childhood obesity center, and serving as the Medical Director for Austin Independent School District, Dr. Pont joined the Texas Department of State... Read More →

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