NEXT GENERATION: The Children’s Bill of Rights

In this workshop, we will explore ways to effectively and equitably engage kids in parks, green space and nature in the current and post-COVID world—and how we can make sure nature becomes and remains a daily part of every kid’s life.


9-9:50 am: Panel Discussion

9:50-10:00: Break

10-10:28: Breakout/World Cafe Round 1

10:30-11:00: Breakout/World Cafe Round 2

11:00-11:05: Transition Time

11:05-11:55: Roundup / Next Steps (plenary)

11:55 am – 12 pm: Thank You / Adjourn

To begin the workshop, a panel discussion will explore how participants’ work is connecting kids to the mental health benefits of nature, and how they’re ensuring that those connections are available to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic, racial, or geographic considerations.

Moderator: Caroline Lindquist, graduate student, UC Berkeley (2020 Emerging Leader)


  • Adriana Pedroza, Teen Services Coordinator, City of Woodland, CA (2020 Emerging Leader)
  • Jayni Rasmussen, Senior Campaign Representative, Outdoor Alliance for Kids (2020 SHIFT Award winner)
  • Zuza Bohley, Education Director and Deputy Director USA, Americas for Conservation + the Arts: Promotores Verdes (2020 SHIFT Award winner)
  • Tim Beatley, PhD, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, University of Virginia; Founder, Biophilic Cities (2020 SHIFT Award winner)

Following the panel discussion, participants and panelists will be placed in breakout rooms in smaller groups to continue discussing the topic using a World Cafe format.

Two 30-minute rounds of world cafe-style breakouts will be followed by a thirty-minute “roundup” that reports out on the findings of each breakout room.

The final thirty minutes of the workshop will synthesize the proceedings into next steps.

NOTE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS: Both the Panel Discussion and the Roundup / Next Steps will be recorded for later distribution. If you do not wish to be recorded, you are kindly asked not to participate in these elements of the workshop.

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