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A world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives.

The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

[+] C&NN's Vision, Mission and Goals [PDF]
[+] C&NN's 2014 Agenda [PDF]

The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The Network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being. C&NN also promotes fundamental institutional change and provides resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.

The C&NN news service and portal,, offers parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers access to the latest news and research in this field as well as practical advice, including ways to apply new-found knowledge at home, at school, in work environments, and in the community. The Network also engages a diverse community of institutes, organizations and industries by providing a forum for publishing and presenting research, reports and case studies on children's health and nature, and related program-development strategies and support.

For additional information contact C&NN's executive assistant .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Children & Nature Network is eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $20 million in 2013. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which C&NN can look to for support.

Children & Nature Network
808 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Children & Nature Network is a
501C(3) non-profit organization


Notice and Disclaimer

In your efforts to connect children with nature, C&NN would like to remind parents and other adults that there are risks associated with outdoor activities. C&NN recommends that before you start on your adventures, you become aware of and alert children to any unsafe areas or conditions that may be present in your surroundings. You should also be aware of your and your children’s physical limitations and always take necessary safety precautions while exploring the outdoors.

In addition, our Web site contains information written by third parties and links to third-party Web sites. This information may not necessarily reflect the views of C&NN or any of its members, directors or employees, and the inclusion of this information does not imply an endorsement of that information by C&NN. C&NN does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of any third-party information contained in this Web site or any link on the Web site.

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“A back-to-nature movement to reconnect children with the outdoors is burgeoning nationwide.”
— USA Today, Nov. 2006
All of us share a sense of common purpose. We represent many, many others—some we know, and others we have never met. People throughout the world are increasingly connected by a resonance and passion, to create a new common sense for the good health of children today and generations to come.
– Cheryl Charles
“The movement to reconnect children to the natural world has arisen quickly, spontaneously, and across the usual social, political, and economic dividing lines.”
Orion magazine

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C&NN Publications

As part of our ongoing efforts to build the movement, the Children & Nature Network has published these resources for leaders, organizers, and participants at the local, national, and international levels:

2010 C&NN Report
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Children and Nature 2009: A Report on the Movement to Reconnect Children to the Natural World
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C&NN Community Action Guide: Building the Children & Nature Movement from the Ground Up
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