We "met" yesterday on the conference call - I'm Janice from San Diego.
Before getting into too much, can I ask the grades you'll be addressing and how long you have?
I had the privilege last spring of speaking to a group of 50 local 3rd - 6th graders about the importance of getting outdoors and loved the experience! It was a refreshing change from speaking to adult groups on this issue. I developed a PowerPoint slide show to introduce nature-deficit disorder, its associated health costs and benefits of reversing it, and local wild zones to explore...but I spent much of the hour discussing with them outdoor activities they felt they had a right to participate in. At the time, our community was in the process of developing a Homer Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights and we wanted input from the kids themselves. It was so much fun. And the teacher followed up on my visit by assigning the kids to make Outdoor Bill of Rights posters, with each student illustrating (and writing across the top) their favorite outdoor activity. I have all the originals and when I have a chance to scan some, I'll post them here...they're priceless. I later heard from several of the kids' parents that they went home and promptly told their parents they needed to go outside (and some of the reasons why), rather than do chores or homework. Gotta love empowered children! The kids you speak to will most likely love hearing they should spend more time outdoors...hopefully they have the means to make it happen or you can give them some great ideas :o)
Take questions at the end...if you open the door with classrooms, the kids will take over with their stories.
I love their stories, just remember...
Most of our guests make that mistake. A good idea is to jot their ideas down on the board, or have the kids write it down This will really get them connected. This might also help engage them if you take their suggestions first - What does outdoors mean to you in 10 words.., etc.
I love learning from the kids in my class this way. Let your wonderful smile and enthusiam shine the way!