Childhood, Unplugged

Snake skins. An adventure course. Digging in the dirt. This was not your typical networking event.

ICS, in partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado and the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus , was thrilled to welcome over 100 attendees to Childhood, Unplugged in Denver last month. 

Attendees heard from keynote speaker Dr. Yuko Munakata of CU Boulder, who spoke about the power of free play for children.

A panel discussion followed on program, community, and policy opportunities for incorporating play and outdoor learning, which included:
  • Sarah Konradi, Program Director, National Wildlife Federation Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Initiative
  • Mary Mackenzie, ICS Senior Fellow
  • Justin Svingen, Planner, Public Health Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin

We would like to thank all those who spent their evening with us, as well as the partners and organizations who contributed their staff, energy, and expertise to the event. You can find more resources, including a list of exhibitors, here, or download our recommended resource list for further reading. And if you're on the East Coast, stay tuned! We're looking to bring the event closer to home next year.

We were also delighted to host an intimate professional development session for Colorado educators while in town, run by ICS's Senior Fellow Mary Mackenzie on bringing outdoor learning to their classrooms. Materials from this session, including what we can learn from the UK's "forest schools" are available online.