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 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Engaging Community Partnerships for K-8th Grade Student Nature Experiences

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San Antonio TCiN partners are innovating with their program, Project A.C.O.R.N. (Area Children Organized to Replant Natives). In this session you will learn about the program, how it is adapted at each campus, community collaborations and the technology tools students use to collect environmental data on and off campus. Project ACORN is a place-based, interdisciplinary environmental education program. It is standards based and incorporates TEKS from science, social studies, and math. In various districts it is being used at the elementary and middle schools. Project ACORN is giving the tools to students to become citizen scientists and stewards of earth’s natural resources for life which is hands-on and highly engaging for students and teachers, while also involving the greater community. Project ACORN depends on community partners and this session will also discuss how some of those partnerships were developed, have evolved and how each entity benefits.


Peggy Carnahan

Our Lady of the Lake University
Peggy Carnahan has devoted her career to the teaching of science and the teaching of science teachers. A former science teacher at Jay High School and secondary science supervisor for the District, Carnahan served Northside for more than 20 years. Her contributions to the District... Read More →
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Amalia Sollars

K-8th Enrichment Programs Coordinator, Northside Independent School District
Amalia Sollars describes her job as "getting to help awesome teachers keep being awesome.” As Northside ISD's K-8th Enrichment Programs Coordinator she oversees multiple after school programs including FLL Robotics, Solar Cars, Young Astronauts and Project ACORN. Project ACORN works... Read More →

Thursday December 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CST
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