Thank you to all that joined us for our Annual Summit as we convened national and international leaders in outdoor play and learning!
Autumn weather brought the warm hues of changing leaves, smell of crisp, cool air and a feeling of comfort in the city of Denver, Colorado. The fall also brought with it one of the most anticipated National Wildlife Federation events in the Rocky Mountain Region – the annual Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Summit. The third annual ECHO Summit was an opportunity for early childhood professionals, community leaders, design professionals, and more to develop new skills and advance the way they look at nature as a vehicle for development and curiosity. Children are inherently wild and curious about their surroundings, and one of the powerful aspects of being a child is their drive to learn and explore the natural world.
That’s why the 2019 ECHO Summit theme wanted to capture that essence, the ‘Wild & Curious’ nature of our youngest children and the wonder that brings new lessons. Thank you to all who came to the Denver Botanic Gardens on October 26 to be Wild & Curious! Attendees were surrounded with engaging activities, training and professional development opportunities to bring nature to their facilities, home, public spaces and anywhere in between. During this one day event, guests heard from National Wildlife Federation Naturalist and TV personality, Dave Mizejewski and Youth Outside CEO, Kim Moore Bailey in addition to a variety of breakout sessions led by industry professionals. Get an inside look at what participants experienced!
If you’d like to tour or volunteer with an existing ECHO site to see real work in progress, please contact Andrea Auguiste at AuguisteA@nwf.org. You can also stay up to date on the latest news from the ECHO team by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see you next October at the 2020 ECHO Annual Summit!
ECHO is generously funded by Gates Family Foundation, Telluray Foundation, Constellation Philanthropy, and Buell Foundation.
We thank Denver Botanic Gardens for hosting our annual ECHO Summit. This event was generously sponsored by The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments.
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