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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Friday, December 7 • 9:30am - 11:15am
Green School Parks

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Green School Parks is an initiative that started with the national Children & Nature Network and is being championed and pioleted in Texas by Austin Independent School District and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The initative rethinks campuses to embrace the idea that learning can happen from sidewalk-to-sidewalk and not just inside the building. Green School Parks also engage the community to rethink the school grounds as park land during out of school time.
This deep dive will learn about the Austin project, then breakout into small groups to discuss opportunities and ideas so participants can take action in their communities.

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Melody Alcazar

Program Manager, City of Austin
Melody Alcazar joined the City of Austin - Parks & Recreation Department in July 2018 as the new permanent, full-time coordinator of the CCCN initiative. She has over a decade of experience working to connecting children and families to nature and serves on the Children in Nature... Read More →

Patric Beyer

City of Austin
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Anne Muller

Outdoor Learning Specialist, Austin ISD
Anne Muller is the Outdoor Learning Specialist for the Austin Independent School District. She works to connect children to nature through supporting the district curriculum, facilities use for green schoolyard features, professional development, field trips to the district demonstration... Read More →

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