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Community Wellness Survey (Michele Griswold)
Dr. Stanis’ areas of research include the mental and physical health benefits of outdoor recreation. She will speak about:
Behind the Benefits of Outdoor Recreation: What Research Shows
Intuitively, we all know that being in nature is great for kids and adults alike. But you may be surprised by some of the ways research supports the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation. This presentation will reveal some recent studies that demonstrate how parks and the natural environment can boost community-wide well-being and quality of life.
David’s areas of expertise include children and nature, parenting, nature and place-based education, and more. He will speak about:
Why 21st Century Children Need Nature
A growing number of studies show that getting children outdoors on a regular basis makes them happier, healthier, smarter and helps them develop environmental values. Let’s look at ways that parks departments, libraries, schools and family groups are luring children away from digital recreation and out into the natural world. From loose parts play in New York City, to place-based education in western Maryland and St Louis, to libraries in Colorado to forest kindergartens in Maine and California, we’ll look at vibrant examples of communities connecting children and the outdoors.
When: March 19-20, 2015. The summit will begin at 10 a.m. on March 19 and conclude at noon on March 20.
Where: Runge Conservation Nature Center, 330 Commerce Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101
Why: Studies show that spending time outdoors enhances mental and physical health, outdoor education increases student learning, and stewardship activities help connect people to the natural world around us. At the same time, child and adult obesity continue to increase, and it seems impossible to find time for outdoor activities in an increasingly busy world. What role can communities play in helping citizens reap the many benefits of spending time outdoors in nature?
What: Keynote speakers will highlight the benefits of spending time outdoors. Concurrent sessions will highlight resources and examples of ways communities are connecting residents to the outdoors. Facilitated discussion groups will explore ways to increase collaboration between health care professionals and outdoor-oriented agencies and organizations; discuss ideas for approaching community-based outdoor recreation; as well as other topics identified by participants.
Who: This Summit is for people interested in thinking strategically about how to increase outdoor opportunities in their communities, and in helping connect residents – children and adults – to those opportunities; including health professionals, parks and recreation departments, education professionals, youth group organizers, volunteers, and more.
How: Register now below. The registration fee is $85 and includes lunch Thursday, a reception Thursday evening, a continental breakfast Friday and conference materials. The registration deadline is March 16.
Lodging: The Capital Plaza Hotel is offering a rate of $88 plus tax. Ask for the conservation Federation Room Block. The hotel is located at 415 W. McCarty Street, Jefferson City, MO. Call (573) 635-1234 to reserve your room while space lasts.
|Thursday, March 19|
|9:30 – 10:00 a.m.||Registration – there will be NO on-site registration, so register below|
10:00 – Opening Plenary Session – Welcome and Opening Remarks
|Noon – 2 p.m||Lunch and Outdoor Sessions – 1/2 of participants will eat then do an outdoor session while 1/2 will participate in an outdoor session first, then eat.|
|Rnd 1: 2:15-3:30Break: 3:30-3:45Rnd 2: 3:45-5:00||Concurrent Session: These moderated sessions will focus on programs and opportunities to connect people with the outdoors for mental and physical health, recreation, learning and stewardship. Presenters will highlight what they are doing in their community. Each participant will be able to participate in two indoor sessions and one outdoor session.
|5:00 p.m.||Reconvene in Auditorium
|5:30 p.m.||Adjourn for Reception|
|6:00 – 9:00 p.m.||Social, Canterbury Hill Winery: 1707 S. Summit Drive, Holts Summit
|Friday, March 20|
|8 a.m.||Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 a.m.||Reconvene, Identify Topics for Facilitated Discussion Groups|
|Rnd 1: 9-10Rnd 2: 10-11||Facilitated discussion groups – two rounds of facilitated small group discussions, will address these and topics identified by participants.Engage in dialogue with other participants around questions such as:
|11 a.m.||Closing Plenary Session