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Annual Summit

Please join us for our virtual Summit on October 23 and 24 in partnership with Denver Botanic Gardens.  Registration will be available soon.

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2020 Early Childhood Health Outdoors Annual Summit: Outdoors for All


Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic It’s no surprise this year’s annual ECHO Summit is going to look just a little different! But not to worry, we’re back October 23-24, 2020 for our fourth annual summit (virtual edition) with a renewed energy to bring the best experience to attendees.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), spending more time outdoors is one of the highest priority strategies for reducing transmission of COVID-19 among younger children. However not every child or family has access to safe, high-quality spaces for young kids to spend time and get outside. All children deserve the opportunity to explore the outdoors and reap the benefits of time in nature, which is why this year’s ECHO Summit theme: Outdoors for All will explore the strategies and opportunities for making this possible.

During this two-day event, in partnership with the Denver Botanic Gardens, guests will hear from our keynote speakers Parker McMullen Bushman (she/her/hers), Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist for Ecoinclusive, as she talks about the links between the social and environmental justice movements and early child education outdoors. As well as Mara Mintzer (she/her/hers), Co-Founder of Growing Up Boulder, who will explore how to tap into kid’s creativity, empathy and lived experiences to co-create the spaces they spend their time. 

In addition, attendees will be able to join a variety of virtual breakout sessions led by industry professionals, and even a few ECHO sites, to learn more about implementing the incremental changes needed to transform their spaces. For more details, get an inside look at what you can expect and begin to plan your experience. 


  • October 23, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: keynote presentation and ECHO site panel discussion
  • October 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: keynote presentation and breakout sessions

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 all this fall!

ECHO is generously funded by Gates Family FoundationConstellation PhilanthropyBuell Foundation, and an anonymous donor. We thank Denver Botanic Gardens for their continuous partnership in supporting our annual ECHO Summit.

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