Connect with nature where learning and healing meet at the Spring Into Nature event featuring Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix.
RAMBLE with Florence through a forested path on the PCC Sylvania campus.
EXPLORE the potential of the PCC's Therapeutic Healing Garden for healing and learning.
IMAGINE a public policy for healthier communities using nearby nature.
CELEBRATE the transplant of our horticultural therapy program from Legacy Health.
SAVOR the connection to nature.
9 - 9:30 a.m. Registration, Healthy Trail Mix Buffet & Networking
9:45 - 10:40 a.m. SESSION ONE
NATURE FIX OPTIONS, NETWORKING and WELCOME
Indicate your preference on the RSVP form:
1. Ramble on the Sylvania woods trail. (Bring your walking gear.)
2. Explore the Therapeutic Learning Garden site
3. Enjoy an “awe”some virtual nature ramble.
10:40 - 11:30 a.m. SESSION TWO
PCC’S THERAPEUTIC LEARNING GARDEN AS A "NATURE FIX" LABORATORY
What is a Therapeutic (Healing) Garden? The history and evolution of PCC’s TLG. What is a Therapeutic Learning Garden? What is the Nature-Neuro Connection?
Teresia Hazen, Legacy Health; Melissa Bierman, PCC; Brian Bainnson, ASLA, PLA, Quatrefoil; Roger Anunsen, PCC
Respondent: Florence Williams. Facilitator: Jan Abushakrah, PCC.
11:30-11:40 a.m. Brain Break, Stretch & Healthy Trail Mix Buffet
11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. SESSION THREE
REMOVING THE BARRIERS TO ACCESSING NATURE
Accessing nature is becoming more challenging for a range of logistical and social reasons. Urban development, screen time, and societal fears begin to create a roadblock that makes something we once took for granted now a monumental challenge. Subsequently we are seeing a range of physical and mental health issues proliferate, issues that have been proven can be mitigated through a direct nature connection. New strategies are required, and this panel conversation will touch on some innovative ways we are beginning to overcome this challenge.
Nancy Bales, Executive Director, The Gray Family Foundation; Ben Johnson, PLA, CPSI, Greenworks; Nancy Bond, Resource Conservation Coordinator, Portland Public Schools
Respondent: Florence Williams. Facilitator: David Cohen, The Intertwine Alliance
12:20 – 12:30 p.m. Brain Break, Stretch & Healthy Trail Mix Buffet
12:30 – 1 p.m. Legacy Transplant Ceremony at site of the Therapeutic Learning Garden
1:00 – 1:20 pm. Break, Trail Mix Fix & The Nature Fix book signing
1:20 – 1:50 p.m. SESSION FOUR
DIGGING DEEPER & PLANTING SEEDS: INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS OF NATURE FIXES
Where do we go from here? How do we create opportunities for everyone to get their own Nature Fix? What role can PCC’s Therapeutic Learning Garden play, as a partner in this grand effort?
Florence Williams; Julie Concannon, Connecting People with Nature, USFWS; John Strawn, Global Golf Advisors
Facilitator: Roger Anunsen
1:50 – 2 p.m. Closing Remarks: Jan Abushakrah
2 p.m. The Nature Fix – final book signing opportunity
The event is free, but please RSVP.