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
Using Nature to Activate Learning on Your School Campus

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Nature is an effective teaching tool and it is often a neglected part of a child’s formal learning experience and more and more it is even a neglected part of their up-bringing. Join the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability (PEAS) to learn a multitude of ways to connect children to nature on your school grounds and engage them in effective learning across the curriculum. We will share successful statewide examples of how teachers are using the natural world to make learning meaningful, relevant and fun while also helping students grow socially and emotionally and achieve high standards academically. Think TEKS. Think Outdoors. Realize Success. Realize Wonder and Awe!

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Marya Fowler

Director of Education - Outreach Programs, National Wildlife Federation, South Central Region
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Lauren Zappone Maples

Executive Director, Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability
Lauren co-founded PEAS Community Farm & Urban Orchard at Cunningham Elementary in 2011 and became the founding executive director of PEAS in 2015. Prior to leading PEAS, she was a classroom teacher with Austin ISD.  Lauren also worked as environmental educator for the City of Austin... Read More →

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