SOURCE: Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

August 08, 2008 12:01 ET

Re-Connecting Children With Nature: Cheryl Charles Speaks at We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008

REDLANDS, CA--(Marketwire - August 8, 2008) - As president and co-founder of the Children and Nature Network, Cheryl Charles, Ph. D will be sharing her vast knowledge of the environment at the We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008, presented by the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council.

Join Cheryl, and hundreds of community members, at We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008 as they explore the growing disconnect between children and nature know as "nature deficit disorder." Scientific evidence of benefits that children will gain from direct experience with nature on a daily basis will also be discussed.

Cheryl will offer practical suggestions for action by parents, educators and community members concerned about the nature of childhood, health of communities and the future of the earth. Along with speakers and authors Parry Aftab, Patricia Diaz Dennis and Carol Platt Liebau, Cheryl will address issues and answer questions regarding provocative teen behavior, cyber-bullying, re-connecting children and nature and additional pressures girls today are faced with.

Cheryl has served for nearly 20 years as founding National Director of Project Learning Tree and Project WILD, the two most widely used environmental education programs in North America for K-12 educators. She earned a Ph. D in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington, emphasizing in factors affecting achievement of minority youth.

We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008 will be held on Saturday, August 16 from 2-5:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764. Registration fee is $45 and open to the public; and includes an informative conference, book signing opportunity, fun tote bag, journal set and parking. For more information, go to or call (800) 400-GIRL. The sponsor of We Believe in Girls! Summit 2008 is REI.

About Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council (GSSGC) serves more than 15,000 girls in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. With the dedicated support of 5,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts meets the needs of girls ages 5 to 17 through fun, value-based, educational programs. For more information, visit the GSSGC website at or call (800) 400-4475.

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