Ginny Yurich

Keynote Speaker

Ginny is a Michigan homeschooling mother of five. One of her top priorities is to inspire parents to invest in spending time in God’s creation with their children. She is also an author and illustrator. Her 1000 Hours Outside Challenge spans the globe, and many look to her for inspiration as well as practical tips on how to put down the screens and get outside.

Ginny Yurich

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Ginny’s Newest Book!

Until The Streetlights Come On
–How A Return To Play Brightens Our Present And Prepares Kids For An Uncertain Future.

Ginny shares her newest book with us, another great intentional nature-based followup to her popular 1000 Hours Outside book.

1000 Hours Outside–Prioritize Nature, Reclaim Childhood and Experience A Fuller Life”.

The much admired and in demand speaker, author, podcaster, blogger, and curriculum creator, Ginny Yurich, will be back again with HEAV this year! She is the founder of the global 1000 Hours Outside movement and will be sharing her passion and vision for nature-based immersion to learning and to life.

Book Signing Opportunity

Saturday 10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.  Exhibit Hall, 1000 Hours Outside Booth #104 

Ginny will happily be available to sign your copy of her book during the book signing event. Please come by during this special event!


1000 Hours Outside: Set Kids Up for Lifetime Success

Friday Session 1 ~ 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. E-10

In the last few decades, childhood has largely moved inside. With so many great opportunities that vie for our time, it’s easy to consider outside play as frivolous. In this session, Ginny Yurich, founder of 1000 Hours Outside, reveals how “just” playing outside offers a myriad of developmental benefits to your child and how these benefits will extend through adulthood. Do less and yet gain more with nature immersion!

Reasons Homeschool Families thrive

Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Ballroom B-21

Ginny will explore the common reasons that homeschool families thrive, including higher levels of parental involvement, more opportunities for experiential learning, and the ability to customize learning to meet the needs of each child. Whether you are a parent considering homeschooling or a veteran who just needs some encouragement and a reminder of the how and why your homeschool family will continue to thrive, this keynote address is for you.

Teaching Across Many Grade Levels

Saturday Session 4: ~ 10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. E-21 B/C

One part of homeschooling that can be intimidating is teaching across many grade levels. The norm in our society is to group children together by age, but research is clear that multi-age learning experiences benefit everyone. Learn some strategies for homeschooling (and juggling) kids of many ages from Ginny Yurich, homeschooling mother of five and founder of 1000 Hours Outside. Leave encouraged that this is the best option for learning and for living!

Conversations: Mom-talk with Ginny and Ruth

Saturday Session 5 ~ 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. E-10

Ginny Yurich and Ruth Chou Simons. Moderated by Sandra Kim.

Do you ever feel like a frazzled ring leader in a circus? A circus where the acrobats are performing on your “nice” furniture, the lions are your children, and the adventures, or misadventures, never cease? Come listen in as Sandra Kim joins Ginny Yurich and Ruth Chou Simons to reflect on everything from the joy in small moments to the deeper challenges each mother faces. From light-hearted laughter to our deepest fears and concerns, join these very real moms for a time of encouragement and tender conversation.

How to Combat Screen Time in a Tech-Heavy World

Saturday Session 6 ~ 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. B-15 C

Screens are everywhere, from the local pizza parlor to your minivan and everywhere in between. Screens offer considerable benefits in many arenas of life, but excessive use can severely hamper childhood development. In this session, you will learn strategies to combat screen time in a tech-heavy world.