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The Children & Nature Network is inspiring the global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children - and natural places - can thrive.

The C&NN International Leadership Summit will engage 400 people in productive working sessions in six action areas: Green Schoolyards, City Government, Next Generation Leadership, Grassroots Leaders, Healthcare Providers, Nature-based Learning Research. Summit participants will work over two days to develop shared goals, action agendas and explore methods for measuring progress in their Action Areas.

Since you are participating in a specific Action Area, your schedule will be completed for you-- this means that you will not need to sign up for any Summit sessions in Sched. By the beginning of May, we will link your Sched profile to your Action Area.  
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Bonnie Ralston

NYC Parks
Director of Programming & Development
New York, NYC
Bonnie Ralston’s passion lies in creating opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages to develop authentic connections to place and self in the urban environment. Ralston brings this passion to her role as Director of Programming and Development in NYC Parks Education and Wildlife Unit, where her team provides support and guidance for park-based teaching and learning through curriculum design, professional development, research, and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining NYC Parks, Ralston worked for Central Park Conservancy where she developed, managed, and facilitated the Conservancy’s suite of place-based Family Discovery programs, in addition to managing Keeping it Green, the Conservancy’s service learning program. Previous positions with Audubon New York, NYC Soil & Water Conservation District, GrowNYC, The Horticultural Society of New York, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation provided Bonnie with a wealth of experience engaging student and family audiences in environmental education programs throughout the city.

Ralston’s experience in informal education is complemented by a 14-year career in graphic design, where she conceptualized, designed, and executed print and exhibit graphic projects for a variety of organizations; most notably The Museum of Modern Art and Ralph Appelbaum Associates.

Bonnie holds a Master’s of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University, and a Bachelors of Fine Art from Hartford Art School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Mark. If she’s not out birding, biking, or backpacking, you will find her in the ceramic studio, constructing vessels inspired by the rich ecosystem of NYC.