The conference will be a mixture of plenary sessions, presentations, site visits and social experiences

Day 1. Tuesday 10 September – Green Event and “Starling magic”

Welcome reception at the City Hall Square – Rådhuspladsen – in Copenhagen.

The square will be transformed into a nature- and adventure playground that will stay active and develop during the entire conference.

Dinner shared in `small groups´ at different restaurants around Copenhagen.

Day 2. Wednesday 11 September - Conference Opening and site visits in Copenhagen

Welcome to the conference by the two Ministers Mrs. Ida Auken and Mrs. Christine Antorini.

Speakers: Tim Gill, Theresa Schilhab and Märit Jansson

Afternoon. Four parallel tours in Copenhagen to choose from:

  • Danish playground inventions 1943 – 2013
  • School Gardens and Forest Preschools
  • The Environmental School at the Sound and Kløvermarken Nature Base
  • The Energy- and Water Science Center

Get-together dinner around a bonfire and a guided tour at The Nature Centre Amager and land art playground Himmelhoj

Day 3. Thursday 12 September – Malmö, Sweden

Four parallel tours in Malmö to choose from:

  • Gardening as a pedagogical tool and Green School Grounds
  • Green Schoolgrounds and outdoor education in Lund
  • Nature – Adventure in the City fringe
  • Sea life for children in Malmö

Festive dinner in Copenhagen

Day 4. Friday 13 September - Presentations, group discussions and closing ceremony in Copenhagen

Speakers: Catharine Ward Thompson, Elisabeth Millqvist and Olav B. Lysklett

Group discussions and Plenary session including a general discussion about your opportunities for implementing nature-based initiatives for children in your own organization/home country.

  • Which challenges do you meet?
  • Do you feel inspired and well-prepared after this conference?
  • Is there a particular ‘Nordic way’ of connecting children with nature and if so, can it become more widespread?

Closing ceremony at Copenhagen City Hall Square. Here you will get a special souvenir to bring home as well as one of the famous City Hall pancakes.