To date, C&NN has identified over one hundred regions that have either launched or are assembling grassroots campaigns to connect children with nature. These grassroots coalitions work on the state, regional and local level to create shared strategic visions and plans and to map out a process for implementation.
Regional strategies include: public awareness campaigns and community events; legislation and policy changes; public education and advocacy. Each effort increases the number of people and organizations participating in and taking action to reconnect children with nature.
Featured Grassroot Leadership Campaign:
Get Outdoors (GO) York is an annual, summer-long physical activity initiative promoted by multi-disciplinary partners of the Healthy York County Coalition, and conducted in partnership with the York County Library System and its annual summer reading program. Each year the… [+] read more
Here's how you can get involved:
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[+] START a Grassroots Campaign. Play a leadership role in the children and nature movement.
[+] SHARE your efforts with others on the C&NN movement map. Get the word out about your campaign.
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Grassroots Resources:Children and Nature 2008: 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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Annual Gathering of Grassroots Leaders
In addition to the Web site and the C&NN Publications, each year the Children & Nature Network hosts the annual Gathering of Grassroots Leaders in the movement to reconnect children and nature. Grassroots Gathering participants share inspiration, information, lessons learned, strategies for change, and creative approaches to addressing the challenges we face.
The gathering is an opportunity for Richard Louv and the Children & Nature Network board of directors to join regional leaders and to network, peer-to-peer, with members who have launched, or are planning to launch, local and regional initiatives. These gatherings provide a forum for exploring well-researched and common-sense strategies for reconnecting children and nature, now and into the future. During the gathering participants share information about their current programs and actions, ask questions, and collaborate toward more effective solutions.
— Bill Schneider, NewWest.Net
— Washington Post
— Orion magazine