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"Many of us still remember a time when playing in nature was considered normal and expected. We cannot leave this earth and take that memory with us. We must pass it to the next generation."
– Richard Louv,
"Last Child in the Woods:
Saving Our Children from
Nature-Deficit Disorder."

You can help by becoming a member of
C&NN's Friends of Children & Nature:

• Give Families the Tools, Information and Community They Need
• Expand C&NN's Powerful Information Base to Support the Movement
• Support Leadership and C&NN's Annual Grassroots Gathering
• Create a New Generation of Youth Leaders
• Reach Professional Communities that Can Change the World
• Grow Innovation

Why We Give to C&NN:

"Creating healthier communities is my top priority. I give to the Children & Nature Network because it's their top priority too."
–Katia Rossi,
Core Member
C&NN’s Natural Leaders Network

"As a physician and public health professional, I’m committed to C&NN because it offers such great promise for improving children’s health and well-being."
– Howard Frumkin, MD, MPH, DrPH
Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington
Vice Chair, C&NN Board of Directors

"I give to C&NN because they have inspired me with a new sense of urgency and purpose. C&NN has figured out the way to harness human energy and spirit. All the brains in the world don't matter much without that focus."
–Adam Bienenstock, MBA.
Founder and Principal Designer

Endorsements from the Grassroots:

image"C&NN has served as an inspiration for and provided Be Outdoors Arizona and our over 50 member organizations with invaluable tools and a forum for innovative program development. Our association with C&NN has saved time and money while improving the quality and content of the experiences we host throughout Arizona."
– Jeff Williamson, Be Outdoors Arizona

image"I attribute much of the success of the Leave No Child Inside Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati to the Children & Nature Network website. We began our initiative back in 2006 and the website, with its research and news articles, gave instant credibility to our message. Since then, the website has become a tremendous resource not only for us, but for the community-based organizations with whom we work."
– Betsy Townsend, Co-Chair Leave No Child Inside-Greater Cincinnati

image"The Children & Nature Network provides the essential hub that binds this initiative together. Being in a small state, the NH Children in Nature Coalition depends on the tools, content and critical connections that C&NN provides, which we don't have the capacity to create. In turn, C&NN supplies the venue to share with others what we've developed—truly a network in its fullest expression."
– Marilyn Wyzga, Coordinator, New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition and Wildlife Educator NH Fish and Game Department

"The C&NN provides a rich fabric of support, research, transfer of experience, and a community-center of ideas, helping me grow as a leader and tie our efforts to something larger than the "right here and right now" of our local work. In addition, C&NN as the face of a social movement is a peerless reference point—via the website in particular, but the many initiatives as well—allowing new contacts, recruits and converts to instantly assess the import, quality and immediacy of what the movement is trying to achieve."
– Paul Hai, Program Coordinator, Adirondack Ecological Center SUNY-ESF

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

"The Children and Nature Network exemplifies the famous quotation from Margaret Mead about a small group of citizens changing the world—not only in the leadership for reconnecting children and nature that is provided by the organization, but also by the way that it serves as a hub—linking all the small groups of citizens throughout the United States and beyond. Take A Child Outside week has grown from a small idea to an international event thanks to the support from C&NN and its ability to share information, research, and ideas at a grand scale. C&NN is truly changing the world."

– Liz Baird, Director of School Programs, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

"The Children & Nature Network is a global village of kindred spirits of all ages and backgrounds who care about children and youth. It is THE central gathering place for anyone desiring to learn about the movement, share ideas and suggestions, and be inspired to act to reconnect children and youth to the natural world. If you care about the health and well-being of children and want to help, this is the place to be."
– John Thielbahr, Board Member, Child Care Resource & Referral Network

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Where Your Donation Goes:

20% Grassroots Leadership
20% Natural Leaders
15% Natural Families
10% Natural Teachers
20% News & Publications
10% Evaluation
5% Administration

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808 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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