New Hampshire Leave No Child Inside Forum:
A Community Conversation about Connecting Children and Nature

Hosted by:
Children and Nature Network, Sierra Club, NH Children in Nature Initiative

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Place: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH

7:30 - 9:00 am: State Leaders' Breakfast - invitation only

9:30 - 12:00 noon: Public Forum – Open to Anyone Interested in this Topic (No registration necessary)

9:30 - 10:00 am: Keynote address -- Richard Louv, author of Last Child In The Woods: Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, and Chairman of the Children and Nature Network

10:00 am - Noon: Panel Discussion. Panelists:

  • Richard Louv (Author and Chairman Children and Nature Network
  • Martin LeBlanc (National Youth Education Director, Sierra Club)
  • Jan McLaughlin, NH Department of Education, Science Curriculum and Assessment
  • Steven Whitman, Jeffrey H. Taylor and Associates, Planner
  • David T. Sobel, M. Ed., Antioch University New England, Director of Teacher Certification Programs and Director of the Center for Place-based Education
  • Dr. José T. Montero, MD NH Department of Health and Human Services, State Epidemiologist

12:15 - 1:15pm: Lunch

1:30 - 3:00pm: Working Sessionsinvitation only
The afternoon program, including lunch and working sessions, is specifically for those people who wish to actively participate in the initiative.  These working sessions focus on specific barriers to getting children and their families outdoors.  They are not general information sessions, but are focused on generating specific actions that can be addressed by the groups working on this initiative. 
(If you would like to participate in one of these sessions but did not receive an invitation, please contact

  • Influencing Policy Making: How to reach decision makers and propose legislation -- Martin LeBlanc (Sierra Club) and Joel Harrington (The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, Director of Government Relations)
  • Fundraising for Programs and Projects -- Kevin Peterson (NH Charitable Foundation)
  • Strategies to Affect Educational Practices -- Jan McLaughlin (NH Department of Education, Science Curriculum and Assessment) and Esther Cowles, NH Project Learning Tree, Executive Director
  • Public Health and Safety in the Outdoors --  Lucy Carrillo (NH Department of Justice, Cyber Attorney) and Tim Soucy (Public Health Director, Manchester Health Department)
  • Building a Nature-based Community -- Chris Northrop (NH Office of Energy and Planning, Principal Planner) and Donna Kuethe, CPRP (Town of Moultonborough, Recreation Director)

3:00 - 3:30pm: Wrap-up and Call to Action

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