Connect with others interested and engaged in outdoor learning and schoolyard habitat creation. Audubon Connecticut, together with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Common Ground High School, Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center, and the Yale Peabody Museum, invite you to our second annual Schoolyard Habitat Summit.
This day-long summit will provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and learning about and sharing best practices in outdoor education. Expert-led workshops include:
- Making Connections that Matter - workshop led by keynote speaker Akiima Price
- Engagement Round Tables - Peer-to-Peer Exchange
- Integration into the Curriculum
- Citizen Science for the Classroom
- Designing Healthy Wildlife Habitats
Cost: Free for Partner Schools*. $40 Regular**. Scholarships and student discounts are available. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
*Partner School = a school that is already engaged in the Audubon Schoolyard Habitat Program. In New Haven only - a school engaged with the program through the New Haven Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.
**Non-partner School = an interested school who wants to learn more about the Schoolyard Habitat Program, but isn't working with the Urban Refuge Partners in New Haven or Audubon CT in Fairfield County.
Questions: contact Katie Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Keynote Speaker Akiima Price
“I use nature as a medium to create social change in urban communities of color.”
Akiima is one of the leading African-American environmental educators in the country, helping to bring more capacity and inclusion to the field. She was also an early strategist for the organization Outdoor Afro, “the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!”
For the past 20 years, Akiima has worked with numerous environmental organizations throughout the United States, creating and implementing innovative programs that use nature as a medium to connect and build community efficacy in low-income neighborhoods. One of her earliest experiences was as a National Park Service Interpretation Ranger at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City, Nevada in 1994. It was there that she discovered her passion and awareness of nature as a powerful medium to engage youth and families in meaningful, positive experiences that can affect the way they feel about themselves, their communities, and their place on earth.
Akiima is currently working through the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) a social service organization working to end intergenerational poverty in the District of Columbia’s Ward 7 Kenilworth-Parkside community and beyond. Her work is using nature as a medium to bring together public and charter schools, community and faith-based organizations, resident leaders, local and federal government agencies, funders, corporations, and more than 30 program and service partners to collaborate in providing nature-based programming.
Akiima will also lead a workshop during the summit, “Making Connections that Matter.” Participants will learn about the connection between the social and physical needs of low-income communities, ways schoolyards can facilitate family and community engagement, and how to engage in collaborative practices that foster sustainable engagement and action.