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 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Getting Your Feet Wet - Aquatic and Natural Resources Youth Education Opportunities

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There are a variety of modalities to engage youth in natural resources education – from classroom lessons and field activities to multi-day camps.  This session will provide an overview of current efforts in the aquatic realm, and how you and/or your organization can create new programs, collaborate in current programs, and campaign for statewide youth to become involved.  Programs highlighted are Texas Wildlife Association’s Discovery Trunks and Trinity River Watershed Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Angler Education Program, Texas Brigades’ Youth Leadership Programs, and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited’s Youth Trout Camp.  Programs are supported by partner organizations such as Texas Wildlife Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along with hundreds of statewide volunteers.


Dakus Geeslin

Policy and Education Program Team Leader, Coastal Fisheries Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,

Karen Marks

Aquatic Education Manager, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Karen Marks is Aquatic Education Manager at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The program goals are to increase participation in recreational fishing, and uses a volunteer train-the-trainer model to teach fishing to youth and adults – these volunteers along with a small staff... Read More →
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Kassi Scheffer-Geeslin

Director of Formal Education, Texas Wildlife Association
Kassi Scheffer-Geeslin is the Director of Formal Education for the Texas Wildlife Association.  Since joining TWA in 2008, she has been working to increase the capacity of their statewide stewardship programs to include Discovery Trunks of hands-on materials and resources, live videoconference... Read More →

Thursday December 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am CST
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