When and where will the 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference take place?

2019 C&NN International Conference
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA
May 16-18, 2019

Overview of the Schedule:

Wednesday, May 15, Registration: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 16, Conference: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, May 16, Networking Reception: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, May 17, Conference: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 18, Conference: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who will attend?

The 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference is expected to attract 1,000 participants representing a wide-range of sectors from the worldwide children and nature movement. Attendees 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.


What is the cost of registration?

The actual cost of producing this conference is approximately $1,000 per attendee. We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their financial and in-kind support, which helps subsidize registration fees for all participants.


  • Early Bird: $395 (first come-first served until November 30, 2018 or until limit is reached)
  • Standard: $495 (starting December 1, 2018)
  • Young Leaders (up 30 years old: $250
  • Pay-it-Forward: $795 (This package covers a larger portion of the actual hard cost of one conference registration. If you are an individual or organization with the means, and you choose the Pay-it-Forward option, you will receive one full registration and also help fund scholarships for young leaders and those who need our help to attend. This package includes access to all conference events starting Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18. Three continental breakfasts (coffee, tea and muffins) and two box lunches will be provided.
Are discounts available?
  • Early bird rate ($395) is first come-first served until November 30, 2018 or until limit is reached.
  • Young Leader rate ($250) for participants aged 30 and under.
Are scholarships available?

We are accepting applications thru February 8, 2019. Learn more and apply today!

What is the conference refund policy?

We understand that plans change. You may request a full refund of registration fees up to 48 hours after purchase. Should you wish to cancel your registration after the 48-hour grace period, please submit a written cancellation request to Your registration fee will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. Regretfully, no refunds will be given after March 1, 2019.

The name on the registration doesn’t match the attendee. Is that OK?

The attendee name, title and organization on the registration form must match the attendee. Please review and update the information for each attendee prior to the event to ensure accuracy on their conference ID badge. ID badges are printed in advance and must be worn during the event.


About our Host Cities

When selecting locations for our International Conferences and Leadership Summits, we look to cities that are deeply committed to increasing equitable access to nature. We look for communities with strong networks of cross-sector leaders and partner with those working to bring the benefits of nature to where the majority of children now live — in cities and urban areas. We then make a two-year commitment to our host cities, working with them to convene Leadership Summits during even years, followed by International Conferences during odd years. Designed as hands-on working sessions rather than retreats, our conferences and summits offer opportunities to showcase the innovative work of host cities — and an opportunity to raise local awareness of the benefits of nature connection.

Oakland, CA
Following our 2018 Leadership Summit, we return to Oakland for our International Conference in 2019. Upcoming conference communications will highlight Bay Area partners who are doing incredible work to increase equitable access to nature.

As a hub for the Bay Area, Oakland is both historic and modern. This diverse metropolis claims natural features ranging from a picturesque waterfront to expansive hills. Oakland has a growing arts, entertainment and food scene and ample recreational opportunities such as hiking, sailing and biking. The city is easily accessible via the Oakland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, train, automobile, BART, bus and ferry. Situated across the iconic Bay Bridge from San Francisco, Oakland is an easy day trip from Northern California’s wine country, waterfront towns and dramatic beaches.


How do I get to the Conference from the airport?

The Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airport provide access to the Marriott hotel via the BART public transportation system. The 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station stops across the street from the Marriott hotel. Lyft, Uber, taxis and other ride share apps are also available from both airports.

From the San Francisco International Airport:
The BART public transportation system is the most economical way to get from San Francisco to Oakland. From the BART station in the SF airport, take the Pittsburg Bay Point train to the Oakland 12th Street Oakland City Center stop. Use the 11th Street exit from the 12th Street station and you will be across the street from the Marriott.

Important Notes:

  • The last BART train leaves the San Francisco airport at 11:54 pm.
  • Lyft or Uber are good options for late night arrival.
  • Car travel from San Francisco can take much longer than BART, especially if you are arriving during rush hour.

From the Oakland Airport:
If you are arriving after dark or are unfamiliar with navigating urban transport, we recommend taking Lyft, Uber or a taxi. The BART system has a feeder train in the airport that goes to the BART Coliseum Station. Take the Richmond or Pittsburg Bay Point trains to the 12th Street City Center station. Use the 11th Street exit from the 12th Street station and you will be across the street from the Marriott.

Conference hotel information and booking

Please contact for information about our conference hotel.

Is parking available at the Marriott?

Parking is available at the Marriott at a rate of $35 to $40 per day. The hotel is offering a discount of 20% to Summit participants for self-parking. Parking is also available at a number of lots near the hotel at reduced rates.


Conference Photography

By participating in the 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference, you are granting the Children & Nature Network permission to photograph and film you (and your presentation if applicable) and to share photos and video of you (and your presentation if applicable) on our website, social media channels, print collateral and for future conference promotions. Contact with questions.

Connecting at the Conference

Our online conference scheduling app, Sched, allows you to create a personal itinerary for the conference and connect with other attendees. You will receive an email from Sched with instructions and information after you register for the conference. To optimize networking opportunities, please create or update your profile in Sched by adding/updating your photo and bio. If you have any problems with Sched, please email

Connecting after the Conference

Following the conference, we will share a list of attendees and their contact information with registered conference attendees only; our sponsors are included as attendees. When you register, you’ll be asked if you wish to be included in this list, or if you’d prefer to opt-out. We do not share or sell this list with anyone other than conference attendees.

Social Media

We will be sharing select conference highlights on C&NN’s social media channels using the hashtag #CNC2019. If you are a social media user, we encourage you to use the hashtag when posting or sharing from the conference. We are also interested in blog posts from conference participants willing to share their conference experiences and/or post conference takeaways and follow up actions. If you are interested in submitting a blog post, contact


A continental breakfast will be provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Box lunches will be provided on Thursday and Friday, enabling participants to take their lunches outside or meet in small groups.


In Oakland, the month of May is characterized by gradually rising daily temperatures, with highs from 68°F to 70°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 79°F or dropping below 61°F. Read more about the local weather in Oakland here.

Can children attend the Conference?

While the conference is not designed for children, they are welcome to participate. Parents can review the program to decide which content or components would be of interest to their child. Parents must be registered in order for children to register and participate. Parents with infants are welcome. There is a nursing mother’s room available in the hotel.


Contact as soon as possible with any questions or specific accommodation requests. Service animals trained specifically to assist people with disabilities are welcome at all events.


Can I present at the 2019 Children & Nature Network International Conference?


Through our Request For Proposals (RFP) process we seek a broad variety of presenters and breakout session formats that celebrate diverse social and cultural approaches to nature connection. Formats may include presentations, workshops, walkshops, interactive trainings and affinity group sessions. While PowerPoint can be a useful tool, we are most interested in formats that engage our conference attendees in meaningful dialogue, peer learning and/or hands-on experiences.

Submit your proposal early! We expect many more proposals than can be selected.

RFP Review Process:

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Applications will be accepted through October 30th, 2018.
  • The selection process will be completed by November 30th; presenters will be notified on or before this date.

With over 75 presenters, C&NN is not able to provide reimbursement for mileage, airfare, lodging expenses, honoraria or speaking fees for workshop presenters.

Selected presenters will need to:

  • Register for the 3-day conference ($395)
  • Arrange and cover the cost of their travel. (Note: A limited number of scholarships will be available through a separate application process that will be available in January 2019.)
Can I present a poster on my work?

Approximately 50 conference participants will be selected to share inspiring work during assigned poster sessions on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17. This is a great way to engage conference attendees in one-on-one conversations and make new connections.

Poster Session Selection Criteria:

Priority will be given to posters that include innovative thinking and action in one or more of the following areas as they relate to the conference track:

Equity, Inclusion and Cultural Relevance
International Perspectives and Trends
Evidence-based solutions, including indigenous wisdom and science-based evidence

Review Process for Poster Session:
Applications are due by October 30th, 2018.
The selection process will be completed by November 30th; presenters will be notified on or before this date.

Get more information and submit your proposal here.

Can I bring resources or materials to share with conference participants?

In the spirit of learning from and inspiring each other, C&NN will provide an information table where grassroots initiatives, family nature clubs, Natural Leaders, community groups, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and more can offer handouts and takeaways.

Here’s how it works:

  • You bring resource materials with you.*
  • You take home whatever materials are left over.
  • Plan to bring a maximum of 2 different resources to share.
  • Plan on 1,000 conference attendees when deciding how many giveaways to bring.
  • If you wish to share a resource as DISPLAY ONLY, please make sure it is clearly marked as such. (Since the information table will be self-serve (and not staffed) C&NN can not guarantee your display copy will stay on display.)
  • All information should be non-commercial.

*If you need to have the materials shipped to you, please contact the Marriott directly.

Can I volunteer at the Conference?

Yes! Volunteers help us run a great event and keep conference fees down by:

  • Helping with registration
  • Room hosting and greeting
  • Wayfinding
  • Powerpoint assistance in breakout sessions

Volunteers who commit to working 5 or more hours during the event can register for a discounted rate of $395 ($100 savings). If you wish to volunteer, please e-mail and include “Conference Volunteer ” in the e-mail subject We plan to finalize volunteer needs and jobs in early 2019.


How do I become a sponsor?

Connect with leaders and activists from the children and nature movement by becoming a sponsor today. Visit the Sponsor Page for more information. For additional information please contact Paxton Barnes at


Where can I sign up to purchase an exhibit booth?

For more information about becoming an exhibitor, please visit our Exhibitor Information page.


How can I access the program schedule?

Our conference program will include keynote addresses, presentations, workshops, walkshops and training and networking sessions. The schedule will be available in late Fall 2018.


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