Call for Proposals

RFP Submission Guidelines for Workshops
We are continually inspired by people doing noteworthy work to connect children, families and communities to nature. The 2017 Children & Nature Network International Conference and Summit on Nature for an Urban World is an opportunity for you to share your expertise, ideas and innovative projects and programs with a worldwide audience. We want to showcase the broadest range possible of people, projects and successes from the children and nature movement; the proposal submission window is now closed.


The workshop proposal submission window is now closed. Thank you to all who have taken the time to submit your proposal.

Applicants will be notified regarding submissions via e-mail by October 30, 2016.

submissions are closed

RECOMMENDATION: Submit your proposal early! We anticipate more proposals than can be selected. Please review the guidelines below carefully to ensure your proposal is relevant to the conference. You may submit a maximum of two proposals.
Note: The Program Selection Committee will review the first 20 submissions for each of the 8 tracks. Additional applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

About Conference Participants

This Children & Nature Network International Conference attracts people from a wide-range of sectors and includes decision-makers, thought-leaders and grassroots advocates in the children and nature movement. We expect 800 Summit attendees on the first day, and approximately 700 attendees for the remaining days of the conference. Attendees will come from countries around the world, and will include leaders and activists from the education, conservation, community development, public health, outdoor recreation, environmental education and urban planning fields, as well as policy makers, foundation leaders and municipal employees.

Guidelines for Presenters

A committee with expertise in the field will evaluate all proposals looking for content relevance, delivery methods and a diversity of speakers. The selection committee will place priority on proposals that:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues in the conference track selected. (see below)
  • Offer innovative solutions to breaking down the barriers to connecting children with nature.
  • Advance diversity within the children and nature movement.
  • Incorporate participant engagement and interaction.
  • Are learning experiences and are non-commercial.

Timing and Further Considerations

  • PowerPoint slides filled with words should be kept to a minimum. Consider using pictures and stories to convey your message.
  • Consider a non-traditional session format such as Pecha Kucha, World Café,or TED-style talks.
  • General scheduling for workshops is in blocks of 75 or 120 minutes. If your timing needs are different, please indicate this in the appropriate place on the submission form.

Workshop Categories

  • Informational and/or inspirational talk or panel discussion using a power point presentation
  • Walkshop or outdoor experience, including service projects
  • Skill building or training
  • Action Labs – deep dive sessions leading participants to develop personal action steps

Conference Track Titles

  • Making the Case: Advancing the evidence base for the children and nature movement
  • Improving Health: Nature’s role in fostering healthier children, families and communities
  • Driving Change: How young, diverse leaders are reconnecting children to nature and creating community change
  • Strengthening Bonds: Building closer, stronger family relationships through time in nature
  • Learning Outside: Nature-based strategies for enhancing academic achievement and equitable access to nature
  • Lighting the Spark and Conservation: Connecting children to nature to inspire environmental stewardship
  • Advancing the Movement: Campaigns and collaborations to fuel the children and nature movement worldwide
  • Connecting Communities: Exploring nature’s role in community building and healing, justice and equity


Applicants selected to present a workshop will need to:

  • Register for the 3-day conference at the discounted Early Bird Rate.
  • Make and cover the cost of their travel and lodging arrangements.
  • Please visit the conference FAQs for more details.

Note: C&NN is not able to handle any travel logistics or provide reimbursement for mileage, airfare,
lodging expenses, honoraria or speaking fees for workshop presenters.

Questions? If you have questions about submitting a proposal for the 2017 International Conference, please contact us at


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