Event Series

Through the Parks Foundation’s always-free Next Generation of Parks™ events, global design innovators and thought-leaders showcase the most exciting new parks destinations and delve into important issues of place affecting the Twin Cities community today.

2018-2019 Next Generation of Parks™ Season


November 15, 2018
6:30-8:00pm • Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Nature Fix:
Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Florence Williams, who is a podcaster and public speaker in addition to her work as an author and journalist, spent two years researching and writing The Nature Fix. Her talk will delve into what she learned during her investigations – how scientists in Japan quantified the benefits of forest bathing, where school bullies are sent on the “happy train” for nature-based rehabilitation, and what “dose of nature” is most effective (hint: five hours a month is good; more is better).

Ultimately, Williams challenges us to ask, “How can cities make places of awe and restoration?”

Nature lovers, big-thinkers, urban dwellers, parents, concerned citizens, placemakers and place-keepers, environmentalists.

Always Free • Advance Registration Recommended

2018-2019 Season Continues

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March 21, 2019, 7:00-8:30pm, Walker Art Center
Executive Director, Friends of The High Line
Produced in partnership with the Walker Art Center

May 7, 2019
Founder & Medical Director, Park Rx America

Explore Our 2017-2018 Series

Last season we welcomed Gia Biagi, Lily Yeh, Bruce Chamberlain, and Sabina Ali. Their work in the Twin Cities and beyond has brought together communities in inspiring ways. Catch up on what you may have missed by watching the videos, below, with Lily Yeh and Sabina Ali’s videos coming soon.

You can also view video from previous Next Generation of Parks™ events on our Videos page.

Next Generation of Parks presents RiverFirst: A Model for Urban Transformation with Bruce Chamberlain from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo.

Gia Biagi, Urbanism & Civic Impact | A Next Generation of Parks™ event, October 2017 from Minneapolis Parks Foundation on Vimeo.

About the Event Series

In 2010, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation helped jumpstart a conversation about parks design and city-building with our first Next Generation of Parks™ Event Series, hosting landscape designers and park advocates whose work includes The High Line in New York and London’s Green Grid. We have produced a lecture series nearly every year since, always with the goal of demystifying the impact of great design – inspiring thousands to be champions for dynamic, vibrant public space in Minneapolis and throughout the region.

Past Presentations, 2010-2018

  • Sabina Ali, Co-Founder & Chair, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee
  • Leila Araghian, Architect & Designer, Tabiat “Nature” Bridge
  • Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism, Studio Gang
  • Bruce Chamberlain, Minneapolis Parks Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
  • Maurice Cox, Detroit City Planner
  • Roger Cummings, Co-Founder & Creative Director, Juxtaposition Arts
  • Jamie Dean, Principal Designer and Program Manager of London’s Green Grid
  • Adriaan Geuze, WEST 8
  • Robert Hammond, President of Friends of the High Line, with Lisa Tziona Switkin, of James Corner Field Operations
  • Eelco Hooftman, GROSS.MAX
  • Mark Johnson, co-founder and principal, Civitas
  • Janet Lansbury, parenting expert and author
  • Tom Leader of Tom Leader Studio with Sheila Kennedy of KVA Architects
  • Laurie Olin, founding principal of OLIN
  • Kate Orff, Founder & Principal, SCAPE Landscape Design
  • Gil Penalosa, Founder and Chair of the Board, 8 80 Cities
  • Lily Yeh, Founder, Barefoot Artists