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.


Karen Marks

Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Aquatic Education Manager
Karen Marks is Aquatic Education Manager at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The program goals are to increase participation in recreational fishing, and uses a volunteer train-the-trainer model to teach fishing to youth and adults – these volunteers along with a small staff of three reached over 75,000 people in 2017.  Karen currently serves on the Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) board, a unique national non-profit dedicated to the promotion of recreational fishing. She previously served on the Texas Children in Nature Partnership Steering Committee ~ Community Team. Karen is certified as a NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, and as an ACA kayak instructor.  For fifteen years, she shared her passion for the outdoors with girls and their families as a Girl Scout troop leader, during that time she also completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Aquatic Biology from Texas State University.