Natural Families Stipends for Family Nature Clubs

Natural Families Stipends for Family Nature Clubs
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) envisions a world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives. Since 2006, C&NN has pioneered grassroots initiatives to connect diverse families to each other and the natural world through outdoor exploration and free play in nature. C&NN believes that Family Nature Clubs (FNC) help to provide a critical base of engagement in the outdoors for children and families to begin lifelong responsible environmental stewardship behaviors on a scale that makes real impact.

The Walt Disney Company is likewise committed to connecting kids with nature to build lifelong conservation values. “Conserving nature begins with connecting to nature. We immerse kids in the magic of the natural world to ignite their imagination and develop lifelong conservation values. It is our hope that our actions will inspire others to be positive environmental stewards, ensuring the health of our planet for generations to come.”

With support from Disney Conservation Fund, C&NN is pleased to offer $500 stipends for materials reimbursement in addition to environmental education (EE) tools and resources. Each stipend recipient will be awarded a “Nature Action Backpack” filled with EE curriculum, tools, and supplies, and provided with training for forming a new (or extending the work of an existing) Family Nature Club that provides creative, exciting and innovative ways to connect families to nature. The EE curriculum is intended to enrich the offerings of Family Nature Clubs to its membership, and not replace the core value of unstructured time to play and explore in the natural world.

Any Family Nature Club or organization is eligible to apply. Families looking to start a club are welcome to apply – Family Nature Clubs do not need to be a registered nonprofit to apply. One application per club. Past applicants and recipients are eligible.

The primary target audience for The Natural Families stipends is families. Families are defined as at least one parent or guardian participating with their child (children) in activities. Each family should also be provided multiple opportunities for engagement.

Participating stipend recipients are expected to lead a minimum of 12 activities. Programming must include elements of unstructured nature play or exploration at each outing in addition to inclusion of the informal environmental education curriculum. The curriculum follows a progression that is designed for whole family engagement with children ages 2-18 and culminates in the completion of a stewardship project.

Each stipend recipient must provide a final report and a minimum of one photo (min. 300 dpi) with an accompanying release form. Final reports will document at least one meaningful story and the following metrics:

  • Number of EE lessons delivered and nature experiences provided

  • Description of the service project completed in connection with the EE lessons

  • Number of participating family groups and number of participating individuals

  • Ages and ethnicity of youth and adult participants, expressed as a percentage of the total

To apply, please complete the online form by November 18, 2016. All applications will be reviewed by a committee. Up to 15 awards will be given and recipients will be notified of results by late November 2016.
Program delivery is expected to begin following notification.
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  1. I mid age, lived in the city most my life. I exposed only a few of my children when they were young. I would like to see if I may get on the band wagon for.


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