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 • 11:25am - 11:40am
The Magic of Mentoring and Outdoor Experiences

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The Explore Austin program equips underserved youth with the life skills needed to succeed through team-based mentoring program components that take place in an outdoor adventure environment. This session will demonstrate how the Explore Austin program has successfully recruited and engaged local volunteers who have committed to a six-year role as a Mentor.  From annual Mentor Summits that provide skills-based trainings and resources for all of the Mentors, to how we promote the Mentor program. and identify qualified, dedicated Mentors who will become the core of the program and Explore Austin experience. We will also share tips on how we have creatively tapped into the natural resources and outdoor spaces to develop a rich, adventure-based program that has monthly activities and a weeklong annual Summer Wilderness Trip that will take the 270 Explorers and 90 Mentors thru National and/or State Parks in six states. In this session, Explore Austin will also teach its techniques for the two main components of the Explore program – the first of which are monthly adventures called “Saturday Challenges” for the Explore Teams which help build skills and expose the youth to the wonders & benefits of nature while imparting specific curriculum goals and life skills. Each school year, Explore Austin coordinates Monthly Saturday Challenges for the eighteen Explore Teams which connects Explorers and Mentors thru local outdoor adventures. The second component is a weeklong Summer Wilderness Trip that combines all the outdoor skills practiced throughout the year into one rugged, backcountry adventure. Every activity allows our highly trained Mentors to implement Explore Austin’s ACES leadership framework that teaches Explorers to be Action-Oriented, Courageous, Excellent Teammates, and Strong Communicators. These are the skills that equip youth to navigate not only the rocky landscape of the outdoors, but also the unpredictable terrain of life.


James Faerber

Program Director, Explore Austin

Thursday December 6, 2018 11:25am - 11:40am CST
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