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Saturday, February 23

10:15am CST

Shinrin-yoku: Connect with the Wild Things in Nature and You
Shinrin-yoku, or “Forest Bathing” as translated from Japanese, is the practice of mindfully connecting with nature. During this interactive presentation you will be immersed in the process of using nature to awaken your senses. You will take away some new skills to deepen your connections to the wild places around us, and you will learn about some of the health benefits we can receive.

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Jodi Trendler

Executive Director, The Resiliency Institute
Jodi Trendler is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. Since 2015 she has enjoyed watching people positively transform their lives through deepening their connection with nature. Nature therapy, forest therapy, forest bathing, and... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CST
rm. 46

10:15am CST

Urban Ecology on Chicago's South Lakefront
How are communities in Chicago impacted by the city's natural areas program? Do flowering plants revive pollinator populations in urbanized landscapes? Can restorations curb stormwater? Join the discussion with the Urban Ecology Field Lab, an international collaboration of researchers examining the social and ecological implications of restoration efforts on Chicago’s south Lakefront.

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Alyssa Ayen

Field Museum Affliate
An undergraduate environmental science major interested in grassroots organizing, public policy, and social justice issues in today's society.

Luis Cabrales

Field Museum Affliate

Jacob Campbell

Field Museum
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Nataly Diaz

Field Museum Affliate
Researcher in cultural landscape and environmental heritage. Leader of the Landscape and Territory line at the ESTEPA research group (Universidad Nacional de Colombia). Lecturer of the teaching in Social Sciences program, Universidad La Gran Colombia (Bogota) .Experience as a museum... Read More →

Michelle Giles

Field Museum Affliate

Brittany Janney

Affiliate, Field Museum

Jackson Yow

Field Museum Affliate

Monica Zakariya

Field Museum Affliate

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CST
rm. 48

1:30pm CST

Wild Zones: Redesigning Chicago’s Landscape Ordinance
This presentation will summarize a fall 2018 graduate landscape architecture design studio at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that imagines new opportunities for urban wildlife in Chicago’s municipal landscape ordinance.


Conor O'Shea

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rms. 54, 56, 58

2:10pm CST

Conservation@Home – Going Beyond Our Borders
The Conservation@Home program recognizes & certifies properties demonstrating environmental friendly landscape practices. Become the designer as we use a technique to incorporate native plants into the homeowner's landscape. Learn more about this innovative program’s effort to bring the Forest Preserves beyond its ‘borders’ to create forest-preserve-friendly places.

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Nina Baki

Community Outreach Coordinator, Forest Preserves of Cook County
Nina Baki is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Over the past 15 years, Nina has worked in the field of conservation connecting people to the outdoors through interpretive programs and activities.  Currently, Nina works on outreach and engagement... Read More →
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Val Kehoe

University of Illinois Extension
Val is a Horticulture Coordinator with the University of Illinois Extension serving Cook County. Programs have included School and Community Gardens but is now assisting with the initiatives that U of I Extension and the Forest Preserves of Cook County collaborate on, namely the Conservation... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm CST
rms. 52, 53

2:10pm CST

Measuring the Sustainability Benefits of Urban Agriculture: A Case Study
It is widely believed that urban food gardens offer a wealth of environmental, economic and social benefits. Although true, few studies have actually measured these benefits. This talk will present the results of a long-term study that measured and quantified numerous benefits produced by an urban food garden and demonstrate how urban agriculture's benefits can be documented.

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John Zahina-Ramos

President, Consultant, 21st Century Sustainability Consulting, LLC
Dr. Z is the author of the award-winning book Just One Backyard: One Man's Search for Food Sustainability and has been featured on the PBS series Victory Garden's EdibleFEAST. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Biological Sciences and a Ph.D. in Geosciences. His dissertation research... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm CST
rms. 40, 41

2:50pm CST

Wilding the Pavement for Nature Play
The Children's School of Oak Park, a progressive K-8 school, turned their parking lot into a nature play space on a nonprofit budget. Children's School educators will use inspiring images of the transformation for a guided discussion about place-based community building, mixed-ages environmental education, navigating risky play, and strategies for letting children lead in both nature play and planning.

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Will Hudson

6th Grade Teacher / Middle Level Coordinator, The Children's School
People could talk to me about the importance of open-ended play for adolescents in natural settings; curriculum development based on student input and interests; creating and the challenge of maintaining sit spot routines and sensory awareness activities.
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Christina Martin

Director of Curriculum & Instruction, The Children\'s School
Progressive education, social justice, play-based and project-based curriculum
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Lea Schweitz

Outdoor Education Consultant, The Children's School of Oak Park
I am a writer, outdoor education consultant, director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, and naturemama of two kiddos. I'd love to talk more about nature writing, outdoor education, nature play and parenting, gardening, beekeeping, and favorite urban/suburban hikes.

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:50pm - 3:20pm CST
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3:30pm CST

Chicago Urban Greenprint: Combining Social and Environmental Data to Determine Target Locations for Conservation in Cook County
The Nature Conservancy collaborated with local partners at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and Morton Arboretum to look at areas in Cook County that have poor air quality, high risk of flooding, and high heat. We layered this with data on income level and high percentages of youth and elderly to identify neighborhoods where conservation interventions will make the biggest difference.


Sarah Hagen

The Nature Conservancy

John Legge

The Nature Conservancy

Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm CST
rm. 47

4:10pm CST

SPLIT SESSION: Pilot Study on the Importance of Patch Size to Urban Monarch Butterfly Larval Survivorship / Can Suburbs and Small Towns Save the Monarch Butterfly? / Monarch Moms: Cultures of Ecological Care in the Suburbs
Pilot Study on the Importance of Patch Size to Urban Monarch Butterfly Larval Survivorship
Erika Hasle, The Field Museum and Jessica Ross, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum 
Many people are planting milkweed to provide host plants for monarch caterpillars. We conducted a small pilot study to understand the role of patch size in successfully rearing monarch larvae from egg to chrysalis. Our presentation will highlight the results from this summer along with our lessons learned and plans to expand this project in the summer of 2019.

Can Suburbs and Small Towns Save the Monarch Butterfly?
Mark Johnston, Field Museum
It’s all over the news: monarch butterflies have plummeted over the last 20 years. Last summer “clouds of monarchs” were in suburbs and smaller cities. Are neighborhoods, suburbs, and towns getting effective habitat on the ground?  That’s what we think, so we’ve expanded our urban monarch research to focus on these areas. Join us to learn how more places can participate, and the huge implications.

Monarch Moms: Cultures of Ecological Care in the Suburbs

Alexis Winter, Keller Science Action Center, The Field Museum 
Suburbs are often maligned as places where consumerism trumps environmentalism, but our work on monarch butterfly conservation has led us to many dedicated people raising monarchs and creating habitat for them in Chicago’s suburbs. Why has raising monarchs become such a popular activity, and how might we build on this enthusiasm? And how might we revise our understanding of suburban ecology?

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Mark Johnston

Field Museum

Alexis Winter

Environmental Social Scientist, Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm CST
rm. 45

4:10pm CST

The Food System Chain Game
The Chicago Botanic Garden's Windy City Harvest department focuses on sustainability and conservation through a lens of Food, Health, and Jobs. In this interactive presentation, participants will get an introduction to Windy City Harvest's work through a visual overview, and then participate in an interactive workshop that can spark discussion about the sustainability of the conventional food system.

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Rachel Kimpton

Youth farm coordinator, Chicago Botanic Garden/Windy City Harvest
Rachel Kimpton is a farmer and educator. She currently oversees all youth development, programming, and vegetable production at the Washington Park Youth Farm, located in historic Washington Park on Chicago's South Side. She holds a Masters Degree in Art Education from the School... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm CST
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