Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is hosting a public discussion
‘Nurturing Children’s Health through Nature’ at the Roundhouse
Community Centre on Sunday Aug.29 between 2 to 4pm.
Park Ecology Society is a partner with the Vancouver Park Board, and
Commissioner Loretta Woodcock will be moderating the panel
This is a terrific opportunity to learn about current nature and wilderness programs for child…ren
in and around Vancouver. "We’re genetically wired to need nature.
Children share a sense of wonder in discovering other living things,
and need that connection to nature to lead healthier lives" — Patricia
Thomson, SPES Executive Director.
The forum will be launched
with the unveiling of the ‘Stanley Park Nature House Community Quilt’,
an innovative new project designed by the Stanley Park Ecology Society
(SPES) to engage 20 eastside youth in nature that otherwise have few
chances to come to the park.
Following the Quilt unveiling
will be a panel of medical and educational practitioners speaking on
the health benefits that children receive through interacting with
Featured panelists will talk about how Nature nurtures children:
– moderated by Loretta Woodcock, COPE Park Commissioner
– Becs Hoskins, Exec.Director Child Nature Alliance
– Dr. Randall White, MD Psychiatrist
– Dr. Aimee Taylor, horticultural therapist
– Alana Bliss, student in Ecopsychology at Quest University
– Kristine Webber, Executive Director Young Naturalists Club
and WildBC facilitator
– Roger Keyes, Public Programs Manager, SPES
The public are encouraged to attend this forum and engage the speakers during the Q & A period.