Author: Priya Cook

How to Reconnect Your Youth to the Natural World

A young boy having a positive outdoor experiences

“With access to nature, we have real racial disparity in our city. If you are a middle-class kid, your parents or scout troop are making sure you have positive outdoor experiences. This is not the case for a kid struggling with not having enough food and the trauma of everyday life,” said St. Louis Mayor

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New Technical Assistance Program Helps Cities Improve Kids’ Access to Nature

Across the ages and in every culture, childhood has included time playing in and exploring the outdoors. Yet over the last few generations, childhood has moved indoors, leaving kids disconnected from the natural world. To combat this challenge, the NLC Institute for Youth, Education, and Families and Children & Nature Network (C&NN) launched the Cities Connecting

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Introducing the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Municipal Action Guide

Just published online: A new resource for city leaders who want to take steps to connect more children to nature more equitably, from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) and the Children & Nature Network. “Connect children with parks and open spaces and do it in a way

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Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature

“Imagine a city known for excellent environmental education because its parks are natural classroom. As a city, we are creating greater access to nature for all of our younger residents.” -Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss In November, seven Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) sites began implementing strategies for connecting children to nature more

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NLC and Children & Nature Network Choose Seven Cities for Planning Cohort

The continued efforts of NLC’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative and the Children & Nature Network are geared towards providing children the most optimal opportunities to play, grow, and learn in the great outdoors.  The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) partners have selected seven cities for the planning phase of our initiative to better connect children

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NLC to Hold Two Leadership Academies to Help Cities Connect Children to Nature

Our RFP to participate in one of two Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academies in October is now available. Children connect to nature in all sorts of ways, from outdoor adventure programs to exploring their local park. (photo: Children & Nature Network) A new movement is taking shape to help children make stronger connections with

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