Category: Connecting Children to Nature

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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Canoemobile and CCCN Help Close the Nature Gap on Urban Waterways

(Featured photo: Julia Schweitzer) Canoemobile partnered with four of NLC’s seven pilot Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) cities to connect more children to their local waterways. This is a guest blog by Greg Lais, Founder and Executive Director of Wilderness Inquiry. On a recent October day on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville,

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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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San Francisco Is Helping Kids Develop a Love of Nature

Here’s how the city is partnering with several groups and organizations to create equitable access to nature programming for its youth. This is a guest post by Tracy Muckey. This spring, Yolanda and three of her children joined a YMCA of San Francisco Family Camp in the Marin Headlands, a national park located on a

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Why the City of Austin Created a Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Director of Parks and Recreation Sara Hensley won the unanimous support of the city council when they recently created the document as part of a larger strategy to connect children to nature. This is a guest post by Steven Adler and Sara Hensley. This post is part of a series

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How the City of Grand Rapids is Amplifying Local Voices to Connect Children with Nature

Dialogue between the city’s parks and recreation department and its schools and residents has resulted in a new environmentally-focused park system – built around local history and identity – that aims to connect children to nature. This is a guest post by David Marquardt and Catherine Zietse. On a sunny afternoon last fall, neighbors from

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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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Mayor Ralph Becker Launches Initiative to Connect Kids with Nature

This is a guest post by Katie McKellar. The post originally appeared in Deseret News. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker kicks off NLC’s Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy on Wednesday, October 7, sharing more about SLC Kids Explore and other city initiatives from the eight city teams attending from across the country. Eleven-year-old

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