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  • Minneapolis, MN
  • www.childrenandnature.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Natural Leaders Network
  2. Natural Teachers Network
  3. Natural Families Networks
  4. Grassroots Campaigns & Initiatives

service areas

International

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ruling year

2007

chief executive for fy 2013

Sarah Milligan-Toffler

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Keywords

children, youth, families, communities, nature

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EIN

14-1959018

Also Known As

Children & Nature Network

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Natural Leaders Network

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.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program 2

Natural Teachers Network

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

Category

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Program 3

Natural Families Networks

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

Category

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Program 4

Grassroots Campaigns & Initiatives

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.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

service areas

International

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Blog

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Social Media

@childrenandnature

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Operations

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Sarah Milligan-Toffler

BIO

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.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Howard Frumkin

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