Children & Nature Network PartnersAmerican Camp Association
The American Camp Association (formerly known as the American Camping Association) is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Because of our diverse 7,000 plus membership and our exceptional programs, children and adults have the opportunity to learn powerful lessons in community, character-building, skill development, and healthy living — lessons that can be learned nowhere else.
Wilderness Inquiry is a non-profit organization based out of Minneapolis, MN, who has been providing outdoor adventure opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities since 1978. One major program is the Urban Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures program - providing over 10,000 youth per year with introductory outdoor experiences on their local urban waterways. Additionally, Wilderness Inquiry conducts hundreds of adventures each year, from 3-day canoe trips on the St. Croix River to programming all over the world. WI leads trips in a wide variety of activities, from sea kayaking and canoeing, to dogsledding, horsepacking, and rafting. The mission of Wilderness Inquiry is social integration, with adventure travel as the medium and inclusion as the method.
Lindblad Expeditions is dedicated to bringing travelers face-to-face with the wonders of our world through first-hand experiences in nature. Together with National Geographic, they aim to inspire people to explore and care about the planet.
National Park Trust
The National Park Trust is the nation’s only organization dedicated to the completion, and the full appreciation, of the American system of National and State Parks through the identification of key land acquisition needs and opportunities, the convening of potential funders to acquire these lands, and a dedication to ensure that future generations value and experience this unique national heritage. NPT is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established in 1983.
National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation®–Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. Wildlife’s ability to survive the challenges of the 21st century is becoming outpaced by the events that are transforming our world. Global warming, the loss of habitat, and people becoming more disconnected from nature than past generations are converging on a dangerous path for our planet. The work of NWF and our affiliates across the country provides answers to these challenges and will help ensure America's wildlife legacy continues for future generations. NWF recommends that parents give their kids a "Green Hour" every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. This can take place in a garden, a backyard, the park down the street, or any place that provides safe and accessible green spaces where children can learn and play.
To answer the profound need for connecting young children with nature, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation have collaborated to create the Nature Explore program. It provides educators, designers, and families with comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate resources to connect children with the natural world on a daily basis. Based on over a decade of Dimensions Foundation research, the Nature Explore program also provides field-tested design principles for creating nature-based outdoor spaces that can be used anywhere a school or park might have a traditional playground. Nature Explore works with groups around the country to help educators and families create spaces and experiences that make nature part of children’s daily lives.
The Sierra Club's mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth as well as practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources. Many children in America today have never had th opportunity to experience and enjoy the outdoors. Because we believe that our future conservation leaders and responsible citizens are born through such experiences, the Sierra Club is deeply committed to ensuring that outdoor-education opportunities are available in communities nationwide so that every child has the chance to have an outdoor experience.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web.
Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Parks for People initiative: Working in cities and suburbs across America to ensure that everyone—in particular, every child—enjoys close-to-home access to a park, playground, or natural area.
ecoAmerica is a new, 501(c)(3) nonprofit consumer research and marketing organization dedicated to reengaging environmentally agnostic Americans in supporting sustainability and protecting our natural heritage as a personal and public policy priority. We use psychographic research that identifies deeply held values of Americans and develop state-of-the-art, innovative marketing initiatives to drive changes in awareness, attitudes and behaviors. ecoAmerica then forms mutually beneficial partnerships with private sector and non-profit organizations that also target these audiences and develop creative, highly leveraged marketing campaigns that increase awareness and change attitudes and behaviors.
“A back-to-nature movement to reconnect children with the outdoors is burgeoning nationwide.”
— USA Today, Nov. 2006
— 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
– 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
— Orion magazine