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Saturday, February 23

10:15am CST

Empowering Youth, the Culturally Relevant Way!
Youth from the Field Museum's Chicago Green Ambassadors internship will present projects developed within a framework of deconstructing the dominant environmental narrative and celebrating the diverse ways we connect with nature. Community partners: Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization, Coalition for a Better Chinese-American Community, Chinese American Service League and Bronzeville historian Tim Goosby.


Nataly Hernandez

The Field Museum
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Robb Telfer

Morton Arboretum

Si Yuan Ye

Chicago Green Ambassadors, Field Museum

Angelique Acevedo

Field Museum Intern

Hannah Huang

Field Museum Intern

Julian Lara

Field Museum Intern

Yoalix Melendez

Field Museum Intern

Justin Tran

Field Museum Intern

Karina Garcia

Field Museum Intern

Aasia Mohammad

Field Museum

Saturday February 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CST
rms. 52, 53

11:15am CST

Models of Early Childhood Education on Public Lands
Research shows that positive early experiences in nature greatly facilitate the development of a lifelong concern for the environment. Learn how different programs utilize public lands to nurture whole-child development and an appreciation of the natural world, and bring your questions to panelists from Chicago Public Schools and NeighborSpace, Forest Playschool Chicago, and Chicago Botanic Garden.

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Robin Cline

Assistant Director, NeighborSpace
Currently, as Assistant Director of NeighborSpace, an urban land trust in Chicago, Robin’s leadership is multifaceted, involving neighborhood agency, creative stewardship, and program design. She supports community leaders throughout Chicago in developing, managing, and sustaining... Read More →

Jessica Fong

Chicago Public Schools
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Emilian Geczi

Director, Natural Start Alliance, North American Association for Environmental Education
Emilian directs the North American Association for Environmental Education's early childhood initiative, Natural Start. In that capacity, he supports the work of educators, administrators, researchers, and other professionals who help young children connect to nature and care for... Read More →

Eileen Prendergast

Chicago Botanic Garden
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Teresa Weed

Lead Organizer, Forest Schools for Illinois
I'm a Forest School teacher with seven years of experience working with preschoolers in urban ecosystems.  I organize Forest Schools for Illinois, a grassroots campaign to update preschool licensing laws in our state to include criteria for outdoor play/learning environments.  We... Read More →

Saturday February 23, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CST
rm. 49

1:30pm CST

Evaluating Youth Environmental Awareness and Stewardship Programs: the Why and the How
Youth environmental programs are widespread but rarely evaluated systematically. How do we know how well they worked? What is their ability to change knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors? Participants will explore these questions using participatory tools, and learn how findings can be used to both improve implementation and advocate for funding. We will use examples from a pilot program in Markham, IL.

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Debra Williams

Community Outreach Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy/IBP
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Vidya Venkataramanan

Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
Come talk to me about program evaluation, public health, community engagement and community-based research, and how all of this connects to the environment!

Saturday February 23, 2019 1:30pm - 2:00pm CST
rm. 46

2:10pm CST

Birds as a Connection to Nearby Nature
Acquainting young people with nature prepares them to be stewards throughout their lives. Birds in my Neighborhood, a volunteer-driven education program, capitalizes on the prevalence of birds, using them as an entrée to nature for young people. By sparking an interest in birds, this program invites its participants to see that nature is around all of us and it is our responsibility to steward and protect it.


John Cawood


Lillian Holden

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Openlands

Saturday February 23, 2019 2:10pm - 2:40pm CST
rm. 49

4:10pm CST

I love the Trash Forest: Invading Invaded Woodlands
In a love letter to urban nature in the anthropocene, we rethink pedagogies of ecological restoration, reclaiming marginal and invaded ecosystems as natural habitat for children. Playworkers from Fraternal Forest will share lessons learned from a spontaneous experiment in outdoor adventure play. The Welles Park NaturePlace group will share stories about a successful nature play space built through a community organization process.


Alex Enarson-Hering

Fraternal Forest

Sol Hinami-Mayorga

Fraternal Forest
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Kathleen Soler

Fraternal Forest

Saturday February 23, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm CST
rms. 55,57