Our Woodland Legacy Symposium

10th Anniversary


December 10, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Country Club
Thank you for joining us for the ninth Our Woodland Legacy Symposium. We hope our event helped you integrate nature into your everyday life!
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A copy of the day's agenda can be found here.

2015 Highlights:

The Hidden Benefits of Green Landscapes

Dr. Bill Sullivan

University of Illinois
Green urban landscapes are nice, but are they worth the effort?  Dr. Sullivan examines the impact of nature on health and in education. His research shows people recover faster from stressful experiences when exposed to trees, grass, gardens and the like on a daily basis. In addition to improving health and well-being, Sullivan's research shows students perform better when nature is incorporated into the classroom.

Click here to see a video of Sullivan's presentation.

To read more about Sullivan's research, click here.



Follow the Green: Steps Toward More Sustainable and Livable Communities

Dan Burden
Director of Inspiration and Innovation, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute

Access and preservation of nature and open spaces is becoming a growing need for all cities. Dan will share national best practices demonstrating how parks, street trees, green infrastructure, policies such as “biophilic” guidelines, and Complete Streets create a more sustainable and livable community.

Click here to see a video of Burden's presentation.

Learn more about Dan Burden's work and BlueZones here.



Want to learn more?

Check out other videos from the symposium:

Panel on Integrating Nature into Lifelong Health and Learning
Panel on Integrating Nature into Communities

Panel on Integrating Nature into Buildings and Grounds

Sullivan and Burden's Conclusion for the Day

Here are a few recommendations.

  • Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle by Richard Louv
  • Walkable City by Jeff Speck (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
  • Biophilic Cities by Tim Beatley (Island Press)
  • Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and Fall of Cars, by Sam Schwartz 
  • Ecocities, by Richard Register (New Society Publishers)
  • The Blue Zones, Dan Buettner


Our Woodland Legacy is possible thanks to our sponsors.

"As an educational forum, Our Woodland Legacy Symposium is nothing short of a remarkable confluence of nationally renowned thinkers and local environmentalists, planners, developers, public health professionals and public officials."

Les Beck

Director of Linn County Planning and Development