We are leading a global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children–and natural places–can thrive. We power this movement by investing in leadership and community capacity through sharing evidence-based resources, scaling innovative solutions and driving policy change.
808 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414 USA
children, youth, families, communities, nature
Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)
Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)
Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)
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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.
Cities Connecting Chidlren to Nature
We work with city leadership to develop strategies for implementing equitable and abundant access for children in all communities.
Natural Families Networks
Families come together for nature-based experiences which instill confidence and nourish family bonding.
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.
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Children & Nature Network
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
as of 11/27/2017
Assistant Deputy Chairman for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication.
National Youth Education Director, Sierra Club
Founding Director of the University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium; Director Emerita, Irving B. Harris Programs, University of Minnesota
Chairperson of the Environmental Awareness Network for Diversity in Conservation (EANDC); Family Intervention Specialist, Green Tech High Charter School
Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington
Visiting Scholar at Clemson University
Founding National Chair of the Grassroots Leadership Team for the Children & Nature Network
C&NN Director of Network Communications
Co-Director, Youth Discovery, Inc.
Principal Architect and CEO, Lawal Scott Erickson Inc.
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Democracy.com
Chairman and CEO, ZedX Inc.
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