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AHA Quarterly Meeting & Let’s Move! Outside Summit @ YMCA of the Triangle Association Resource Center
Jun 1 @ 8:15 am – 10:30 am

REGISTER HERE (free but pre-registration is required)

Let’s Move! Outside Summit Reconnecting Youth with Nature for Play and Service 

Last summer, the YMCA of the Triangle was asked to lead the Let’s Move! Outside initiative in Raleigh as part of a nationwide effort to inspire millions of children to play, learn, serve and work outside. The YMCA convened a Steering Committee that has narrowed the focus locally to the pillars of play and serve, and it has expanded the reach beyond Raleigh to include all of Wake County.

Now AHA and the YMCA invite community leaders in parks and recreation departments, youth development, conservation, health advocacy, education and stewardship to be part of the conversation to reconnect our youth with nature for play and service to their schools and communities. All who care about the emotional and physical well-being of youth in Wake County are invited.

We’ll kick off the Summit with several local success stories and then have small-group discussions. Get inspired and take action!

  • Special events are a huge draw to get youth and families to parks. Learn about how local community partners join forces with Knightdale’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department to host Psyched About Bikes each year. Hear from Megan Thornton, Recreation Program Supervisor, about this event highlighting National Bike Month each year and providing safety education to get kids out riding their bikes more often.
  • Town of Cary’s 310-acre Bond Park is home to a community center, athletic fields, a lake and boathouse, a ropes challenge course, amphitheater, compost education center, playgrounds and more. Sam Trogdon, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Senior Operations & Program Supervisor, will highlight the explosive growth of the park’s outdoor camps for youth and the growing number of family-oriented programs that are bringing more people to the park.
  • About 3,500 of the 13,000 volunteers involved in the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department volunteer services program are children and youth. Ashley Deans, Resource Development Manager for the department, will share highlights of programs that repeatedly bring young volunteers to serve in the city’s 200 parks and 120 miles of greenway.


Measuring Impact Webinar
Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hear how and why School Garden Support Organizations across the nation measure the impact of school garden programming. A wide range of assessment tools and strategies from different organizations will be shared.

Hosted by: Robyn Burns, Program Director, CitySprouts; With Meg Hiesinger, The Ecology Center; Suzannah Holsenbeck, Common Ground – High School Urban Farm and Environmental Education Center; May Tsupros, Gardeneers


Register Here

Webinar Series: Tracking the Walking Path
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Series 2: The Great Outdoors

The benefits of walking outdoors and engaging with nature are well-documented. How do we create environments and communities that offer the opportunity to be physically active outside? What possibilities does this work offer to engage new partners, expand our thinking and explore new areas of walkability.

Tracking the Walking Path (June 14) – Register Here!

Webinar Series: Planners4Health Communications – Framing, Messaging, and Marketing
Jun 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The fifth session in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on communications. Participants will learn about how to articulate value propositions and return on investment, as well as methods for deploying social media and other marketing tools to connect with the community. Through all communication mechanisms, it is important to tailor messages to specific audiences. The Columbus, IN Plan4Health coalition will share success, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

The Edible Schoolyard Intensive: Farm to School
Jul 9 – Jul 11 all-day

Develop your team’s holistic approach to program success and strengthen relationships between food service staff members, school and district leadership, and classroom, garden and kitchen educators. Applications due March 5. Learn more here.

Webinar Series: A City in Transformation – A Look at St. Paul, MN
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Series 3: The 2017 National Walking Summit 

Ahead of the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN, we want to offer our network exclusive access to inside looks and up to date information on the exciting developments.

A City in Transformation: A Look at St. Paul, MN (July 12) –  Register Here! 

Webinar Series: Planners4Health Sustaining Momentum
Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The sixth and final session in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on sustaining the healthy communities movement. Participants will learn about strategies for sustainability, including disseminating lessons learned, spreading best practices, and generating revenue. One piece of this is learning how to articulate that healthy planning saves money, and how to capture this value and reinvest savings in additional healthy planning opportunities. There will be a continued focus on equity. Participants will learn about Plan4Health and partner resources, tools, and success stories.

Webinar Series: 2017 National Walking Summit Preview
Aug 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Series 3: The 2017 National Walking Summit 

Ahead of the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN, we want to offer our network exclusive access to inside looks and up to date information on the exciting developments.

2017 National Walking Summit Preview (August 9) – Register Here! 

Professional Development for Garden Educators Webinar
Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

School Garden Support Organizations work to prepare teachers, organization staff, and community volunteers to lead students in garden-based learning activities. Learn different approaches School Garden Support Organizations use to lead high quality professional development for garden educators.

Hosted by: Vanessa Ford, Director of Training & Curriculum Development, REAL School Gardens


Register Here

Save The Date: National Walking Summit
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day

The 2017 National Walking Summit is the premier event for professionals, advocates and organizers from the transit, health, and planning professions to come together to share best practices, discover innovations and form new partnerships. We are excited to move the 2017 Summit to a city that is embracing livability to give participants an opportunity to explore firsthand the potential of walkable communities.

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