Our Woodland Legacy Symposium

10th Anniversary

Why Cities Need Nature (and Nature Needs Cities?)


WHEN:   Thursday, December 8

WHERE: Cedar Rapids Country Club


Thanks for attending the 10th Our Woodland Legacy Symposium and discovering how people can better co-exist with nature and why it is important to our cities. For a decade now, Our Woodland Legacy has served as an educational forum where community leaders and advocates come together to learn and collaborate.


2016 Highlights:


Kaid Benfield

Author of People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities


People Habitat: Eight Key Thoughts for Greener, Healthier Cities

Nature and cities have a symbiotic relationship.  In order for natural habitat to thrive, we need our human habitat also to be strong, healthy and attractive.  But what are the key ingredients of green and healthy communities? Walkability, thoughtful use of nature inside cities, respect for community history and character are all important.  Ultimately, it comes down to maintaining and creating places that people love:

true sustainability is where the heart is.


Watch a video of Benfield's presentation by clicking here!


Click here to see Benfield's PowerPoint Presentation



Joanna Eckles 

Bird-Friendly Communities Manager

Building a Bird-Friendly Community

Birds need food, water and shelter to survive and thrive in all parts of their life cycle.  By incorporating bird-safety into community planning, we can support the needs of birds while making our communities stronger, more vibrant, connected and healthy for people and all wildlife. 


Watch a video of Eckles' presentation by clicking here!


Click here to see Eckles' PowerPoint Presentation



Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D., FACOG, FABOIM

Rx for Nature

Dr. Bartlett Hackenmiller shared experiences that drew her to pursue training in integrative medicine, and the way that nature factored into this career change. She addressed current research on the subject of nature, health, and wellbeing, and will discuss her experience working with individuals and groups using nature therapy.


Watch a video of Hackenmiller's presentation by clicking here!


Click here to see Hackenmiller's PowerPoint Presentation

This event is possible because of our great sponsors!
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"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