Meetings & Events


Georgia Chapter

Name of activity: Nature Smart Schools Symposium
Date: April 24th and 25th (Friday/Saturday)
Location: College of Environment & Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Additional sponsors or participating organizations:
The University of Georgia College of Environment & Design (with financial support from the Jonathan G. Seymour Fund); and the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Georgia Chapter of ASLA (sponsor)

Brief description of event:
The design of school facilities and their surrounding environments offer outstanding opportunities to reconnect students with natural elements.  Nature Smart Schools are educational facilities that provide these basic, yet vital connections.  Sadly, many school districts lack the information needed to shape these beneficial changes.  Districts may be limited by a variety of factors, including money, influence, or technical know-how.  It is the aim of the Nature Smart Schools Symposium (NSSS) to show regional and local politicians, administrators, faculty, staff and stakeholders that there are alternative models of school development that offer communities rich educational and social experiences which exceed those offered by standard solutions.  These alternatives vary in scale and application—classroom to school site, programmatic to physical.  Regardless of their assembly, these available solutions represent educational, healthful and economical uses of school facilities.  Event speakers include:
• Richard Louv
Journalist and author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
• Rod Matsuoka, PhD
Post-Doc Researcher, Dept. of Land. Arch., University of Illinois
• Karen Garland
Environmental Education Senior Manager, Georgia Conservancy
• Paula Vaughan, AIA
Co-director, Perkins+Will Sustainable Design Initiative
• Robin Moore, ASLA
Professor & Director of the Natural Learning Initiative @ NC State
• Chris Robie
Environmental Teacher, High Meadows School (K-5), Roswell, GA
• Korri Ellis
Environmental Science Instructor, Grady High School (9-12), Atlanta, GA

Is this event open to the public? Yes (free)
Contact person on the day of the event: Andrew Fox
Day-of contact phone: 206-326-0392


Name of activity: Boy Scout Merit Badge – Landscape Architecture
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Location: offices of ZT3 Placemaker Studio, Inc.

Brief description of event:
Open to all Boy Scouts, opportunity to earn the Landscape Architecture Merit Badge

Is this event open to the public? Boy Scouts, their leaders and/or parents & the press only
Contact person on the day of the event: Peggy Thompson
Day-of contact phone: 478-742-0005 and 478-256-9600


Name of activity: High School Presentations
Date: TBD
Location: Cedar Shoals High School, Clarke Central High School
Additional sponsors or participating organizations: Clarke County School District, University of Georgia (GASLA) Student Members

Brief description of event:
Powerpoint presentation and leave behind binder with information on landscape architecture as a career

Is this event open to the public? Yes
Contact person on the day of the event: Madie Fischetti
Day-of contact phone: 706-255-5689



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