Natural Connections Workshop

Exploring outdoor play, innovative partnerships, and ecological impacts within and across nature preserve boundaries

This workshop is planned for park staff, land managers, and others trying to meet the challenge of multiple missions.  Content will focus on nature-based recreation, managing for natural conditions and ecological connectivity, and a sampling of local partnerships.

Town of Garner’s White Deer Park
2400 Aversboro Road, Garner

Friday, September 27, 2019
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Check-in starts at 8:30 am

Register for the Workshop


9:00 am            Welcome and introductions

9:10 am            Environmental Education perspective kick-off – Marty Wiggins, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Environmental Education & Public Affairs

9:25 am            Outdoor/natural play – Robin Moore, Natural Learning Initiative

10:05 am          Break

10:20 am          Greenways, trails, and looking across park boundaries – George Hess, NCSU

11:00 am          Partnerships

Panel discussion:

Ben Wittenberg and Christina Sorensen Hester, Wake County

Pat and Herb Amyx, volunteers

Amin Davis, Partners for Environmental Justice/Walnut Creek Wetland Center

Leigh Ann Hammerbacher, Triangle Land Conservancy

11:40 am          Morning wrap-up

12:00 pm          Lunch (on your own –brown bag lunch recommended)

1:00 pm            Managing people while managing for natural conditions

Panel discussion:

Bud Davenport, Garner Fire-Rescue

Jeff Horton, NC Department of Environmental Quality

Deborah Fowler, Wake County

Jason Kiser, City of Raleigh

1:40 pm            Meeting wrap-up

2:00 pm            Tour of White Deer Park playground with Robin Moore

3:30 pm            Adjourn

Agenda is subject to change. 

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