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

Partners for Education Agriculture and Sustainability (PEAS)
Executive Director
Austin, TX
Lauren Zappone Maples is the co-founder and Executive Director of PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture, and Sustainability), a nonprofit operating in Austin, TX.  PEAS educators partners directly with teachers and their classes in local schools by leading outdoor lessons that support them in full utilization of outdoor spaces on their campuses.  Prior to PEAS, Lauren was a classroom teacher for 13 years, an environmental educator for the City of Austin for two years, and taught as an adjunct at 2 local universities.  In 2014 she won the John F. Ahrns Award for Environmental Education from the Children in Nature Network Collaborative of Austin and was also awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching Grant which allowed her to spend a semester studying place-based outdoor education in New Zealand.  In 2016 she won the Fulbright Alumni Grant and just completed her research project "Gardens of Change - An In Depth Look of School Gardening Programs in the US" in August of 2018.