Children, Nature & Schools Symposium and Green Schools Tour
$30 – $50
Children, Nature & Schools Symposium and Green Schools Tour

Children, Nature & Schools Symposium and Green Schools Tour

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Oregon Zoo

4001 Southwest Canyon Road

Cascade Crest ballroom (just inside the main entrance downstairs from Cascade Grill)

Portland, OR 97221

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Children, Nature & Schools Symposium: Finding New Ways to Help our Students Thrive
Monday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Green School Tour
Tuesday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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Symposium: $50 general, $40 for Intertwine Alliance partners and school district employees

Green School Tour: $30

Thank you to sponsors the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FamilyCare Health and Play & Park Structures.

Please register by Wednesday, March 8.


The Intertwine Alliance invites you to a full day of educational and strategic sessions during which we'll think deeply about how to best leverage our schools and the time our children spend there to develop students who are physically active, achieve more academically, and become more deeply engaged stewards of our environment.

National, regional and local leaders will share their innovative ideas as we catalyze a movement to help all children thrive. School administrators and facilities staff, teachers, PTA members, community school advocates, environmental/informal education professionals, nature play and recess advocates, landscape architects, child healthcare professionals and anyone else interested -- this event is for you!

We're pleased to welcome keynote presenter Cam Collyer (shown above), Executive Director of Programs at Evergreen, a Canadian organization with the mission of “Inspiring action to green cities." Cam oversees Evergreen’s national suite of programs that focus on the design, stewardship and animation of public lands, including the award-winning national school-ground greening program Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds.

Cam will speak on the topic of "Small Wonders: School grounds that nurture play, learning and child development – lessons from Canada and the world." There is untapped potential for school grounds and parks to be vibrant landscapes for play and learning, where children can explore nature on a daily basis. Case studies from Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe will be featured to stimulate the discussion with a particular emphasis on connecting children with nature, hands-on learning, self-directed play and the role of risk in play. A design framework will be shared that makes tangible links to children's developmental milestones as well as to local ecology and community.

The symposium includes lunch, along with a networking wine and beer reception.

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Note to educators: Portland Public Schools has given approval for professional development days and funds to be used for this event. If you are a PPS teacher, please speak to your principal about using a PD day or PD funds. Teachers in other districts may have these resources available as well; please consult with your principals. Portland Teacher's Association also has sponsorship spots available. Please email lauren@theintertwine.org to inquire.


Professional Development Units or Continuing Education Credits are available for this event.
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GREEN SCHOOLS TOUR

Please also join us the day after the symposium for a tour of projects highlighting green school successes.

Participants will visit four local schools, each of which has implemented green initiatives, including gardens, outdoor classrooms, stormwater planters, restoration, and natural play areas. Along with an introduction to the process, we'll take a look at the long-term feasibility of each project. We'll examine teaming, design, construction, costs, maintenance and use by students. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and take pictures of the schoolyards.

Meeting point to be determined.

Lunch is included.

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Please register for one or both events by Wednesday, March 8.



Photo courtesy of The Toronto Start at thestar.com.

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4001 Southwest Canyon Road

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Portland, OR 97221

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