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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Friday, December 7 • 9:30am - 11:15am
Outdoor Learning Environments (OLE!) Texas

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This session will take a deeper dive into the Outdoor Learning Environments (OLE!) Texas project that seeks to improve childcare center.  OLE! Texas is a collaborative effort being lead by the Department of State Health Services  to offers children a daily connection with nature, while also providing spaces for active play that is key to obesity prevention. Through community engagement and collaboration childcare centers can rethink of how children spend their time while in their care.
In this session participants will learn about the project and work in facilitated small groups to explore tangible ideas to share with their communities to help increase the number of centers participating in the movement.

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Melissa Alderson

Conservation Education Manager, Texas Parks and Wildlife
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Michelle Bertelsen

Ecologist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Michelle Bertelsen oversees the on-site land management research program and provides project management and ecological support to consulting projects. She has experience in ecological restoration, geospatial analysis, including trail suitability analysis, facilitation, ecological... Read More →

Katie Chennisi

Public Health Analyst, Harris County Public Health
Katie Chennisi is a Public Health Analyst at Harris County Public Health (HCPH). Katie oversees various chronic disease prevention activities, including components of the Healthy Living Matters collaborative. Prior to coming to HCPH, Katie was the Coordinator for the Texas Early Childhood... Read More →
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Linda Welsh, PhD

Early Childhood/Higher Education Consultant, Self
Dr. Linda Welsh is exploring where to put her energies in this next phase of her life. The preciousness of our connection to nature to heal and transform and the urgency to find ways for all to experience this connection is driving her exploration. While on the board of directors... Read More →

Friday December 7, 2018 9:30am - 11:15am CST
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