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Virtual Teacher Workshop with Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
In natural settings, many science concepts are readily visible and accessible for hands-on exploration and learning. Thus, it might seem like teaching science in nature should be common practice, and yet it is not. Why? Oftentimes, barriers hinder the effectiveness of nature-based lessons. However, rather than choosing between teaching a lesson indoors or outdoors, perhaps employing a combination is best.
In this webinar, we will explore research-based theories and evidence of the benefits of nature-based lessons and play for children’s cognitive functioning, learning, and development of environmental stewardship. We’ll also review findings from a recent study exploring indoor versus nature-based science lessons. Webinar attendees then will work in small groups to apply concepts presented to develop a pair of complementary science lessons, employing the strengths of both indoor and nature-based lessons, to enhance students’ learning of one science standard.
Launched in 2018, the Center for Health & Nature is a partnership between Texan by Nature, Houston Methodist, and Texas A&M Health Science Center. The Health & Nature Symposium convenes friends of the center, researchers, potential funders, and donors to explore ways to advance the science of the interplay between exposure to natural environments, health and healing.
The symposium increases awareness of the Center for Health & Nature research priorities, the current state of research in the field, and funding mechanisms available to collaborative partners of the center. Researchers can develop collaborations for innovative and meaningful research and take steps to secure funding in support of their projects.
Agenda and Speakers
Nature Contact and Health Promotion: From Science to Application
Erin Largo-Wight, PhD
Director, Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE)
Professor, Department of Public Health
University of North Florida
The Clean Environment for Healthy Living Initiative: A Case for Environmental Justice
Garret Sansom, DrPH, MPH
Research Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Texas A&M University
Exposure to nature and children’s health and development: Understandings from life-course research
Dongying Li, MLA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Texas A&M University
Exploring the Connection Between Health and Nature: Research Updates from CHN
Omar Elsayed, MBBCh
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health & Nature
Houston Methodist Research Institute
Morning Vision Panel
Erin Largo-Wight, PhD, University of North Florida
Garret Sansom, DrPH, MPH, Texas A&M University
Dongying Li, PhD, MLA, Texas A&M University
Omar Elsayed, MBBCh, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH
Senior Vice President and Director, Land and People Lab, Trust for Public Land,
Hagler Fellow Professor, Texas A&M University
Beyond the Bayous for a Healthier Harris County
Senior Capital Projects Manager
Houston Parks Board
Waterloo Greenway Overview: A Place for All
Chief Executive Officer
Using Big Data, Machine Learning, and Passive Behavioral Data Collection to Understand the Relationships between Nature and Health