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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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Lauren Zappone Maples

(PEAS) Partners for Education, Agriculture, & Sustainabilty
Executive Director
Austin, TX


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 and taught as an adjunct professor at 2 local universities.  Lauren received multiple awards for her work centered around place-based outdoor and edible education including the  John F. Ahrns Award for Environmental Education from the Westcave Discovery Center 2014 and 2021, the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Grant and Fulbright Alumni Grant (which allowed her to spend a semester studying place-based outdoor education in New Zealand and study school garden programs in the US), and the SlowFood USA Snailblazer Award for school garden education.  Her research has been highly influential in the development of school day programs, community initiatives, and the long-range organizational goals of PEAS.  Lauren currently serves on Austin ISD's Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee and the Central Texas School Garden Network's Leadership Team.
Thursday, December 6
 

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Friday, December 7
 

7:30am CST

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11:30am CST