Summit 2019

Our Summit builds access to nature for our children making them happier, healthier and smarter. Highlights will include Keynotes, Networking, Resource Displays and morning workshops.

8th Annual Miami Valley

Leave No Child Inside Summit 2019

8 AM-1:30 PM

Saturday, March 30th 2019

Brukner Nature Center

For general questions on summit call 937-698-6493.

Register at

Our MVLNCI 8th Annual Summit is organized through four workshop divisions Followed by Brukner Nature Center Wildlife Encounter.

Free of Charge

MVLNCI 8th Annual Summit Opens @ 8 am for Registration, booths, networking. Summit Welcome at 8:30 am. at which time all workshops begin.  Workshops will include some joint presentations along with individual breakouts and sessions end together at 1:30 when certificates of training will be issued.   Joint workshop presentation will include: Award presentations for OUTstanding Teacher Award & Connect to Nature Sites Awards.  Summit and special booths close @ 1:30 pm but Brukner Nature Center remains open until 5 pm.  Participants are welcome to bring a snack to share during breaks and display time till 1:30 pm and a personal lunch.

Four Workshop Choices include:

Adults only please. Learn the steps to establishing a successful green schoolyard presented by Five Rivers MetroParks and learn about incorporating curriculum in the garden. This training is designed for school teachers and administrators who will receive a certificate of participation. Please bring a basic sketch of your school grounds to the workshop.

“The create a Green Schoolyards workshop will be a great opportunity for educators to network while getting ideas on how to create a garden/habitat spaces at their school. The program will also will include examples of activities educators can do to get kids outside, and out of the classroom. Normally this workshop is only offered in Montgomery County so this is an excellent opportunity for educators from the surrounding counties to attend this informative workshop.” Jeremy Barkley Workshop Leader.

Past workshop attendees said:

“Very helpful and interesting. I was great getting the info and the materials were helpful too.” John Coffey Elementary teacher at Fairview Elementary

“Excellent workshop, it helped get the ideas flowing for what we could do.”  Sue Sheets Preschool staff member at Evergreen Children Center.

Adults only please. SUTQ 3 credits (OPIN Required): Explore nature with young children ages 3-7 with easy to use activities. From the award-winning nationally recognized Growing Up WILD curriculum. Each participant receives guidebook provided by ODNR.

Family Friendly Option. Walk with this group as you learn how to involve children along the journey. Wild animal encounters as well as Brukner Animal Ambassador and tips for parents and hike leaders on creating a successful outing will be featured as well as a review of how to become involved with Hike It Baby; A national family initiative getting families outside together.

Adults only please. SUTQ 2 credits (OPIN Required): Discover where you lie on the nature involvement continuum as you work with your young students. Discuss the benefits of including nature in their days and plan to achieve it.

Registration is required and will be used to secure you participation in the tailored workshop of your choice (limited by capacity and registration order).    Miami County Park District is hosting the registration for this year’s summit.

If you are attending as an OUTstanding Teacher or Connect to Nature School/Site Award Recipient or Award winner guest and are not planning on registing for a summit workshops, Please RSVP to Doug Horvath with your name(s) and award category at to and plan to arrive during registration 8 AM- 8:30.  More info will be sent to you with your rsvp.

Registration Visit

Steps to Register:

  • Above link will take to our MCPD partner website and the programs listing
  • Filter on left side for Leave No Child Inside – this will only show the 4 workshop offerings.
  • They can click to register from there
  • You can create their user account prior to summit registration by visiting

Please download and share our Flyer which includes registration info.



2019 Summit Sponsored by


Thank you for attending our PAST 7th Annual Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside Summit!

Saturday March 10th, 2018

Dayton Metro Library Main Branch

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Dayton Children’s

Five Rivers MetroParks

Thanks to our Partners who brought displays and assisted with Summit logistics!

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

Brukner Nature Center

Centerville-Washington Park District

Darke County Park District

Dayton Children’s

Five Rivers MetroParks

Learning Tree Farm

Miami County Park District

Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District


 More information on the OUTstanding Teacher Award

Past Recipients of the OUTstanding Teacher Award

Contact us at

Miami Valley Home

Miami Valley Home

Meet the Team

Meet the Team!


Connect to Nature Award Nomination

Events and Initiatives

Events and Initiatives