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AKA  Children & Nature Network
Minneapolis, MN
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CNATURENET Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/14/2014: CNATURENET

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Also Known As: Children & Nature Network
Physical Address: Minneapolis, MN 55414 
EIN: 14-1959018
Web URL: www.childrenandnature.org 
Blog URL: www.childrenandnature.org/blog/ 
NTEE Category: B Educational Institutions
B01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
O Youth Development
O01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C60 Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
Ruling Year: 2007 


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) is to lead the movement connecting all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration, and support of grassroots leadership.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2011

Total Revenue $780,987
Total Expenses $478,131

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Sarah Milligan-Toffler

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Since July 2013

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Sarah Milligan-Toffler is a creative, energetic, and mission-driven leader who brings more than 20 years of experience in developing, funding, and implementing outdoor education and adventure programs that provide a deep connection to nature for people of all backgrounds and abilities. Sarah formerly served as Associate Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry, a national leader in providing wilderness trips and environmental education activities that include people with disabilities, low-income families, and disadvantaged urban youth. While at Wilderness Inquiry, Sarah helped to develop the Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures program, which has been recognized by President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative as a national model for engaging urban youth and families in the outdoors. She also helped develop Wilderness Inquiry’s Families Integrating Together and Gateway to Adventure programs, facilitating participation in the outdoors by families and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sarah has extensive experience in strategic planning, program development and evaluation, board relations, fundraising and resource development, communications management, and volunteer management. Sarah is an avid runner, hiker, and backpacker and enjoys camping with her husband Jeff, son Jacob, and Golden Doodle Honey.

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Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

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15-29 year-olds come together in this program, many of whom are from low-income communities and, in turn, engage and mentor younger children in nature-based experiences that are often service-oriented.

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This program encourages all teachers to bring nature into the classroom and the classroom into nature, providing them with resources, support and mentoring. 

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Families come together for nature-based experiences which instill confidence and nourish family bonding.

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These initiatives are critical to the children and nature movement, which has grown from a handful of city, state and regional campaigns in 2006 to more than 80 initiatives involving thousands of passionately committed volunteers of all ages in more than 80 cities, states and nations in 2010.  Leaders of these collaboratives reported engaging approximately 1 million participants in 2009.  Examples include Get Outdoors Anchorage, Texas' Life's Better Outside and New Hampshire's Children in Nature  Coalition.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

C&NN’s track record of accomplishments is substantial: fostering and supporting a burgeoning national and international grassroots movement; providing inspiring and effective thought leadership in support of that movement; developing original seminal reports; synthesizing and promoting related research; and providing non-partisan leadership and a vision of a world that is better for children and their families, now and in the future. C&NN has grown this movement from a handful of campaigns in 2006 to more than 100 campaigns in 44 states involving diverse organizations and social sectors. Approximately 3 million children and youth were engaged in nature-based activities during 2011 through C&NN campaigns, up from 1 million in 2009, with a total of 8 MILLION CHILDREN AND YOUTH getting outdoors in nature with the help of C&NN in 2009-2012. In the past two years, up to 3,000 new nature and place-based opportunities for children have been established in areas served by grassroots initiatives supported by C&NN, including community gardens for children, nature clubs for families, natural play areas, neighborhood parks, school gardens, and trails.
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