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2013 Leave No Child Inside Conference

January 12, 2013, 9:00am-3:30pm

Triton College, River Grove, IL

The maximum number of participants for the 2013 conference has been reached and registration is now closed.

The Chicago Wilderness Leave No Child Inside Conference provides environmental educators, teachers, community partners, outreach specialists, students, landscape planners and architects, and other professionals and interested members of the public a forum to network and share lessons learned in the regional effort to connect children with nature.

The conference speaker will be Dr. Andrea Faber Taylor, a researcher with the Landscape and Human Health Laboratory and instructor in Horticulture at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Her research on the benefits of greener environments for children includes such findings as more creative play, greater concentration, and greater self-discipline. Her research on the benefits of nature for children with ADHD has resulted in extensive coverage in the media, including Science News, the British Medical Journal, Prevention Magazine, Psychology Today, Globe and Mail, Parents Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times and many radio interviews. Her research was also cited as some of the supporting evidence in Richard Louv’s national bestseller, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Topics to be addressed at the 2013 conference include partnerships with nontraditional allies, creative use of small outdoor spaces, engaging teens and young adults, model capacity-building programs, and many more. Click here for the full session descriptions or here (PDF) for the day's schedule at-a-glance.

The event is organized by Chicago Wilderness in partnership with the Triton College Sustainability Center, and is made possible in part through the support of Triton College, the Illinois Green Economy Network, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, and the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council.

The Leave No Child Inside Conference 2013 will take place at the Triton College Student Center (Building B), 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, Illinois. Parking is free. For driving directions and public transportation information, visit the Triton College website at http://www.triton.edu/Campus-Info/

 

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