When I don’t write about nature connection and outdoor play,
I usually talk about it. 

I’m a passionate advocate for children’s right to play outside and for using nature connection as a means to improve personal health and foster environmental stewardship. I’ve been a strong voice in the children and nature movement for over a decade and in that role I’m frequently asked to speak at conferences, workshops and private gatherings, both virtually and in person. Would you like me to speak at your next event? These are a few examples of the topics that I cover:

  • Woods over Worksheets: How jumping in mud puddles and climbing trees can help children thrive at school – and in life.
  • How to Live an “Open-Air Life”: Discover the Nordic art of friluftsliv by embracing nature in everyday life.
  • There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather: How to raise happy, healthy and resilient children through outdoor play all year.
  • Building an Outdoor Village: Learn how to strengthen family bonds – and your community – by fostering an outdoor culture.
  • Screen Time vs. “Green Time”: How to successfully manage the parenting conundrum of our time.

Not seeing a topic that you’re curious about? I can customize a presentation just for your audience.

Contact me about speaking at your next event.

Upcoming Speaking Events and Workshops

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather

June 28, 2024, at 11 am @ General Pulaski Park, Anderson, IN
Presentation, Q&A and book signing.

FREE and open to the public. Bring the kids and a picnic lunch!
In collaboration with Anderson Public Library

Past Speaking Events and Workshops

The Raised Good Online Parenting Summit

September 21-25, 2023
Featured expert
Virtual summit

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Camp Renegade Play – Outdoor Play Edition

May 19-21, 2023
Featured expert
Virtual summit

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Positive Parenting Conference

May 18-21, 2023
Featured expert
Virtual summit

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Woods Over Worksheets

January 27, 2023, at 9am PST
Pasture Raised Kids, CA
Virtual workshop

Getting Kids Outside and Building Family Culture Through the Nordic Art of Friluftsliv

January 5, 2023, at 3-5pm EST
Cool Creek Park, Carmel, IN
Talk, Q&A and book signing with outdoor playgroup –  bring the kids!
Register here

Open-Air Life: Getting Kids Outside through the Nordic Art of Friluftsliv

September 18, 2022, at 10am 
Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, VT

“Friluftsliv” as a Driver of Innovation and Inspiration

September, 2019
Lunch workshop in Stockholm for Belgian company Red Zezel

The Nordic Success Story: What Is the Secret Behind the High Global Ranking?”

October, 2018
Moderated discussion at North Park University, Chicago, co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden and the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce

Woods Over Worksheets: The Amazing Benefits of Nature Play

October, 2018
Speaking and book signing event at the Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park, New Jersey


Why You Should Let Your Kids Play Outside In (Almost) Any Weather

October, 2018
Speaking and book signing event at the Polarn o Pyret flagship store in NYC.