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Connecting Communities to Nature

Austin, Texas
May 17-19, 2017

NRPA, in collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network's Cities Connecting Children to Nature team, will bring together park and recreation leaders to discuss innovative strategies that create meaningful connections to the outdoors for youth within urban communities. With a focus on underserved populations, this Innovation Lab will offer an opportunity for park leaders to hear directly from youth participants on the role parks have played in transforming their environmental ethic and connection to the outdoors. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the barriers/disparities in connecting underserved youth to nature opportunities, and identify strategies and highlight success stories that address equity.
  • Explore metrics and tools that help to measure impact and reach of nature programming and spaces focused on youth engagement.
  • Explore first hand through site visits and facilitated discussions how park agencies and partner organizations are connecting young people to the outdoors through collective impact partnerships. 

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This Innovation Lab only has 30 spots available to ensure the opportunity for close dialogue, networking and information sharing. These events typically sell out, so reserve your spot soon.

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Hotel Block Information:

NRPA has reserved a special room block for this event. To book your room, please click the button below, but do so before it closes on April 25, 2017.

Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street,
Austin, TX 78701

Room Rate: $239 per night, plus tax

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Click here to see a list of future and past Innovation Labs.


For questions or more information contact Michele White, NRPA’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and Governance

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