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.  
Back To Schedule
Monday, May 21 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Green Schoolyards Action Area
Location: Grand Ballroom Oakland Marriott City Center

The primary goal for those meeting about Green Schoolyards is to adopt a draft Action Agenda that will prioritize the funding, policy, communications and awareness-building needed to move green schoolyards to scale across the U.S. Participants will be asked to identify which Action Agenda items they can help move forward towards this goal.

The Green Schoolyards Action Area will refine and adopt an Action Agenda that was drafted with input from leaders at the 2015 National Green Schoolyards Summit, conversations with communities and experts in the field reports such as "Green Schoolyards: A Growing Movement Supporting Health, Education and Connection with Nature," authored by the Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands.

The draft agenda is designed to prioritize the funding, policy, communications and awareness-building needed to move city- or school district-wide green schoolyard programs to scale across the U.S. — with an emphasis on low-income communities and communities of color. You will be asked to identify Action Agenda items that you can carry forward in your community and/or organization.

avatar for Sophie Sarkar

Sophie Sarkar

Summit Organizer, PGM ONE
avatar for Mollie Jean Thompson

Mollie Jean Thompson

Senior Program Manager, Children & Nature Network
Mollie earned her B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management and a Minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. For nearly a decade, she's played a key role in developing and implementing strategic programs for diverse audiences—ranging... Read More →
avatar for Jaime Zaplatosch

Jaime Zaplatosch

Director, Green Schoolyards, Children & Nature Network

avatar for Alejandra Chiesa

Alejandra Chiesa

Bay Area Program Director, The Trust for Public Land
avatar for Rachel Newman Greene

Rachel Newman Greene

Deputy Director, City of Providence Healthy Communities Office
avatar for John Helmholdt

John Helmholdt

Executive Director, Grand Rapids Public Schools
avatar for Karen Knight

Karen Knight

Program Coordinator, City of Austin, Parks & Recreation Department, Cities Connecting Children to Nat
Karen Knight is Program Coordinator for Cities Connecting Children to Nature, an initiative of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Austin. She is co-founder of Ardor Wood Farm, a regenerative wildlife habitat and holistic land management endeavor, and founder of Ardor... Read More →
avatar for Lourdes Rodriguez

Lourdes Rodriguez

Director, Univeristy of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School

Monday May 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Grand Ballroom, 1st Floor