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Annual Summit 2019

Please join us for our Annual Summit on Saturday, October 26th as we convene national and international leaders in outdoor play and learning.

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ECHO Summit: Wild & Curious

Autumn weather brings with it the warm hues of changing leaves, smell of crisp, cool air and a feeling of comfort in the city of Denver, Colorado. The fall also brings with it one of the most anticipated National Wildlife Federation events in the Rocky Mountain Region – the annual Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Summit. Convening on October 26, 2019, the third annual ECHO Summit is an opportunity for early childhood professionals, community leaders, design professionals, and more to develop new skills and advance the way they look at nature as a vehicle for development and curiosity. Children are inherently wild and curious about their surroundings, and one of the powerful aspects of being a child is their drive to learn and explore the natural world. 

That’s why this year’s ECHO Summit theme wants to capture that essence, the ‘Wild & Curious’ nature of our youngest children and the wonder that brings new lessons. We’re excited to invite you to the Denver Botanic Gardens this October 26 to be Wild & Curious! Attendees will be surrounded with engaging activities, training and professional development opportunities to bring nature to their facilities, home, public spaces and anywhere in between. During this one day event, guests will hear from National Wildlife Federation Naturalist and TV personality, Dave Mizejewski and Youth Outside CEO, Kim Moore Bailey in addition to a variety of breakout sessions led by industry professionals. Get an inside look at what you can expect!

If you’d like to tour or volunteer with an existing ECHO site to see real work in progress, please contact Andrea Auguiste at You can also stay up to date on the latest news from the ECHO team by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We can’t wait to see you this fall!

For more details, please visit our registration page.


ECHO is a partnership between The National Wildlife Federation, and North Carolina State University’s Natural Learning Initiative. ECHO is generously funded by The Colorado Health Foundation and the Gates Family Foundation.   

We thank Denver Botanic Gardens for hosting our annual ECHO Summit. This event is generously sponsored by The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments

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