Inside Out Virtual Summit and Conference

With COVID-19 risks ongoing, the Leadership Summit will be hosted online.

Presented by: Children and Nature Network

Event Details

September 21 - 23, 2020

Location: Atlanta, GA



We believe that the well-being of children and the wild places we love are inextricably linked. And while research tells us that regular time outdoors is essential for children’s healthy development, today’s kids are less connected to nature than ever before.

We also know that longstanding systems of injustice have impacted the design and distribution of green spaces, and call for new policies informed by Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other People of Color. Now is the time to strengthen our efforts to advance racial equity in access to nature.

This is why we gather—as leaders, educators, activists, practitioners and parents—to turn the trend of an indoor childhood back out to the benefits of nature, and to increase safe and equitable access to the natural world.

Online Summit Dates

September 21-23 and September 29-30, 2020


The Leadership Summit provides a forum for strategically selected leaders to share big ideas and advance action agendas. Through an application process, participants are selected to represent diverse perspectives, skills, voices, disciplines and approaches to connecting children to nature. Participants will work in 6 action areas that support the healthy development of youth:

  • City Government
  • Health & Nature for Community Well-being
  • Nature Connection for Youth Development
  • Green Schoolyards
  • Advancing Policy for Equitable Access to the Outdoors
  • International Action: #NatureForAll

Action Area descriptions can be found in the Program section.

At this time, Action Areas are full. Please email to be placed on our waitlist.


The Summit will be offered in 3-4 hour segments over five days:

Monday, September 21

  • 12:00-1:00pm CDT: Welcome, keynote address and gallery
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm CDT: Deep dive into the policies, practices and norms that allow inequities in access to nature persist. Breaks included.

Tuesday, September 22

  • 12:00-4pm CDT: Action Area welcome and kick-off, break-out groups and networking. Breaks included.

Wednesday, September 23

  • 12:00-4PM CDT: Action areas, break-out groups, report outs and closing speaker. Breaks included.

September 29-30

  • 12:00-2:30pm CDT: Skill building workshops

Cost (in U.S. Dollars)

  • Virtual Summit registration fee: $195 (discounted from original in-person summit fee)
  • Movement Builder virtual registration: $395 (original summit fee to support the work already done to produce an in-person event and the shift to online)
  • Young Leader Discount: (up to age 30) $150



While we may individually agree (or disagree) in whole or in part with any or all of the participants, the views expressed in these webinars are not necessarily representative of the views of American Trails as an organization or its board and staff.

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