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Cathy Jordan

Cathy Jordan, Ph.D. is the consulting Director of Research for the Children & Nature Network, a national nonprofit leading a global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children – and natural places – can thrive. She is also Professor of Pediatrics and the Associate Director for Leadership & Education at the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota. As a former pediatric neuropsychologist, Cathy has had a long-standing interest in the influence of environments on children’s health and development.Cathy believes that the establishment of a strong connection to the natural world is critical to children’s development, as well as development of concern for our land, water, and atmosphere, and it is important to establish that connection in childhood.