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Nature-Smart Communities: A Conversation with Richard Louv

Evergreen and the TFS-Canada’s International School (Toronto French School), are pleased to host internationally acclaimed author Richard Louv for a presentation and panel discussion on reconnecting with the natural world, curing nature-deficit disorder and building nature-smart communities.

With his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods, Louv sparked an international movement to reconnect kids with nature. He coined the term "nature-deficit disorder," influenced policy across North America and helped inspire countless efforts to reintroduce children to the natural environment. In The Nature Principle, Louv delivers another powerful call to action—this time for adults.

Tuesday, May 20 | $20
Registration and Networking | 6pm
Keynote Presentation and Panel Discussion  | 7–9:30pm

Grab dinner before the main event in the Children’s Garden at Chimney Court from 5–6:30pm, where we will be serving home-made pizza from our wood-fired oven.

Please note Evergreen's free shuttle bus will be extended until 10:30pm. 

Can't make it but still want to particiapte? Join us for a Google Hangout and don't miss a thing. 

For more information, contact Amal Musa at amusa@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x248. 

With Support From:


Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto

Jennifer Keesmaat is committed to creating places where people flourish. Having poured her coherent, comprehensive and collaborative approach into cities throughout North America—and doing the same in her role as the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto—Keesmaat speaks with passion on her belief that now is the time to engage in city building and take ownership of our shared future.

Keesmaat is the founder of Project Walk, which premiered its first short film in 2011, as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2012, she debuted her first TED talk, Walk to School, and in 2013 she delivered her second, Own Your City. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (combined honours English and Philosophy) and has a Master in Environmental Studies (Politics and Planning) from York University. Over the past decade, Jennifer has been repeatedly recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Design Exchange and EDRA for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities.

Cam Collyer, Program Director, Evergreen

Cam Collyer is a Program Director at Evergreen and oversees a national suite of programs that connect children with nature. This includes the award-winning national school-ground greening program Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds, along with the Green City Adventure camp and school-visit programs at Evergreen Brick Works. Collyer has directed the establishment of a national network of school-ground design professionals, the creation of a large suite of print and web-based publications, the development of pioneering partnerships with schools boards across Canada and the distribution of over $2.5-million in grants to schools. Collyer is a co-founder of the International School Ground Alliance, sits on the board of directors of Green Teacher magazine and is a regular presenter at conferences, universities and in the media on topics of school-ground greening, environmental education, and the connection between children and nature. 

About Richard Louv

Richard Louv is a journalist and the author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His newest book is The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin) offers a new vision of the future in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. This future, available to all of us right now, offers better psychological, physical and spiritual health for people of every age.

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Date: May 20, 2014 | 7:00pm–9:30pm

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Amal Musa at amusa@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x248. 


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