Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 Chicago Wilderness Congress

Register for the 2014 Chicago Wilderness Congress Natural Allies: Partners in Conservation
Thursday, April 3, 2014
University of Illinois at Chicago Forum

The 2014 Chicago Wilderness Congress is fast-approaching! Themed “Natural Allies: Partners in Conservation,” Congress will highlight diverse conservation partnerships among nonprofits, health organizations, cultural institutions, faith-based organizations, government agencies, and other groups that are critical partners in regional conservation.

Take advantage of opportunities for collaboration, build new partnerships, and make connections to help secure a thriving and healthy Chicago region for both people and nature:
  • Learn from over 100 presenters at breakout sessions, roundtables, and the new "Breakfast of Champions" program
  • Hear inspiring keynote John Francis speak about his journey 
  • Participate in the Congress mentor program which connects students and professionals  
  • Network at the evening reception featuring cuisine from Chicago's ethnic restaurants and live music, thanks to the Chicago Cultural Alliance
If that's not enough to entice you to register, Congress 2014 will feature four 60-minute Leave No Child Inside presentations. 
  • Connecting the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders: Successes and Challenges in the CW Context
  • Nature Play Areas: Benefits, Challenges and Evaluation
  • Creating, Adapting, Sharing: Maximizing Effectiveness of Outdoor Spaces for Nature Play
  • Visiting Your Local Forest Preserve or Nature Center? There's an App for That! Lessons Learned by Three Chicago Wilderness Member Organizations
The deadline for early, discounted registration is February 28. Save $15 and register today!

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Congress 2014 is presented by the Chicago Wilderness Corporate Council with generous support from University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service.