2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference and Summit

Don’t miss the premier international gathering of leaders, advocates and activists from the children and nature movement. Register today for the 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 18-21, 2017, co-hosted with the Canadian Wildlife Federation. The conference offers inspiring keynotes, expertly-curated workshops, field trips and action labs designed to support and advance the work you do to connect children, families and communities to nature.

One of the highlights of CNC 2017 is the many sessions and multiple tracks that offer you the opportunity to create your own, individual conference experience. See the full Schedule of Events here and read what some of the conference track leaders have said below.

“One Strengthening Families session that I’m really looking forward to is Mirroring Migration. As a child growing up in Texas along the Monarch migratory path, I’d watch butterflies pass through in swarms wondering if they were tired and hungry and imagining how exciting it would be to travel far distances. In these moments, I felt intimately connected with their journey. To this day, the experience pulls me outside. There are so many barriers to getting outdoors when we see ourselves as independent from nature. In Mirroring Migration, Latino Outdoors and Faith in Place will reflect on migratory patterns as a way to uncover our deep cultural and human connections with nature. The approach is so close to my own personal experience that I believe it will serve as a path forward for everyone including families.”

Monica Lopez Magee
Strengthening Families Track Lead


The Making the Case track features an impressive offering of cutting-edge sessions but I’d like to highlight Learning to Use Behavior Mapping to Capture and Assess Children’s Nature Play in Outdoor Environments. This session will build the skills of educators and program professionals who want to better understand how their outdoor nature environments are impacting children. Behavior mapping is a method of studying children’s outdoor and nature play behaviors and how they use the affordances of outdoor play spaces. I’m excited because this session will really build the skills of attendees through hands-on practice and mock observations.”

Cathy Jordan
Making the Case Track Lead


“We are excited about all the sessions in the Learning Outside track! We’d like to highlight Get Outside and Play, San Antonio. This session – which will be presented by the director and two assistant directors of the program – will describe a city-wide initiative adopted as “the most effective method for improving the quality of education in San Antonio.”  What we really like about this program is its system-wide application. While we’ve seen some unique and successful examples of single programs connecting children with nature, the San Antonio initiative involves the entire community. Its impact, thus, can be far-reaching. We also like the fact that this program, while enhancing children’s learning by extending their classrooms to the outdoor environment, also involves families in the process. Participants will not only be inspired by what one urban community is doing system-wide to enhance the education of young children, but will also gain new ideas about what they can do in their own communities to develop low-cost outdoor environments and other nature-based learning opportunities for children and their families.”

Bill Kilburn and Ruth Wilson
Learning Outside Track Leads


For more information about the conference, travel and exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, visit childrenandnature.org. Help spread the word on social media with the hashtags #CNC2017 and #NatureforAll!

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