This year marks the 4th Ithaca Children’s Garden’s Play Symposium: a gathering for change-makers fostering a culture of play in their communities.

Join Ithaca Children’s Garden for three days of sharing, discussion, and play, while learning from local initiatives and play leaders from across the US. Featuring panels, play observation, presentations, and more, Ithaca Children’s Garden Play Symposium is highly relevant for educators, parents, play professionals, parks and recreation staff, city administrators, and anyone passionate about children, education, the great outdoors, health, well-being, social justice, or play.

The 2019 Ithaca Children’s Garden Play Symposium theme is Play for All: Equity, Access, and Inclusion. We are so excited to share that a keynote from Dr. Corliss Outley of Texas A&M University and Dr. Harrison Pinckney IV of Clemson University, will open the conference on Friday, October 4th. The authors of the seminal essay "Playing While Black," which addresses the impact of race on the recreation of black youth, their work has been instrumental in advancing the discussion of race, recreation, and youth development. The keynote is free and open to all. Register for the keynote only here.

Continuing Education: Continuing Teacher/Leader Education hours (CTLEs) offered in partnership with SUNY Cortland for a $20 fee. Certificates of attendance will be offered free of charge to all attendees.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

REGISTRATION UPDATE: Online registration has closed. However, walk-in registration is available! Simply shoot an email to leigh@ithacachildrensgarden.org if you’re planning on registering. Day only, student, and group rates are available.

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Friday, October 4

9:00am EDT

1:00pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Saturday, October 5

8:15am EDT

9:00am EDT

10:15am EDT

11:20am EDT

12:20pm EDT

1:30pm EDT

2:15pm EDT

2:45pm EDT

5:00pm EDT

Sunday, October 6

8:15am EDT

9:00am EDT

10:20am EDT

12:00pm EDT

1:15pm EDT