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NLC is partnering with the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) on a new initiative, Cities Promoting Access to Nature (CPAN), to ensure that all children, particularly children living in economically distressed communities, have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in outdoor spaces.
Many cities are implementing exciting initiatives and programs to connect more children in their communities to nature. To learn more about what cities are doing, NLC and C&NN have developed a Cities Promoting Access to Nature survey designed to collect information from city officials and staff on the range of strategies, policies and programs they are using – or are considering using – to promote access to nature.
As a follow-up to the survey and subsequent steps in the initiative, cities will receive an invitation this summer to apply to participate in one of two upcoming leadership academies. The leadership academies will provide opportunities to learn about best practices and innovations to connect children to nature, meet experts in the field and receive technical assistance to develop plans for their city.
This three-year initiative will also include pass-through grants, technical assistance to cities and peer support. Funding support from The JPB Foundation makes the CPAN initiative possible.
About the Author: Alysha Davis is the Associate for Research and Communications in the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families.