Thursday, March 10, 10:30 am.
Children today are spending an average of 7-11 hours per day indoors, sedentary, with media and only minutes per day playing in nature. The result of this disconnection with nature is a rise in childhood obesity, diabetes, lack of vitamin D and rise in depression. The good news is this is a solvable issue. We can reconnect children and families with nature to build the next generation of stewards. Texas Children in Nature and many others are dedicated to restoring a connection with nature for a healthier, happier and smarter generation of Texans. In this session participants will be given examples of the positive effects of a connection with nature, we will outline how participants can make a difference and participants will identify efforts are currently underway in their communities.
Outreach and Education Director,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Nancy Herron is the Outreach and Education Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Her background includes over 20 years with TPWD in conservation education, and prior work as a non-profit administrator, teacher and journalist. Nancy has been a leader in the movement to reconnect children and adults with nature at the state and national level. Nancy is a recipient of multiple awards for educational innovations and leadership and is passionate about bettering our children’s future. She currently serves on the Children & Nature Network board of directors and is on the Texas Children in Nature steering committee.