Institutional ChangeLeverage research and proven concepts to influence institutional participation
Transforming how key institutions are structured and governed is critical to making lasting social change. Just think if businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions made it a priority to connect children to nature. That future is within our grasp, if we take action to change these systems. With your participation, the collective movement will institute change in key institutions toward a society connected to the natural world.
- National League of Cities
- Association of Zoos and Aquariums
- Canadian Wildlife Federation
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Through our partnership with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, we are engaging city officials to promote innovative efforts to connect urban children and families to nature. By supporting city leaders in taking action to create nature-rich cities with opportunities for all residents to benefit from nature in the city, we aspire to create access to nature as an integral part of city priorities, planning and policy-making across a broad range of areas.
Our close collaboration with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has led to the launch of the “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo and Aquarium,” which provides financial, logistical, and creative support to help zoos and aquariums create innovative ways to establish or enhance family-centered nature play experiences in their communities. The AZA’s Family Nature Clubs is based on our program and tool kit that families have used to build a network of families interested in getting regular family time back in nature making free play and exploration in nature an integral part of the family lifestyle.
Through our partnership, the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) has launched its adaptation of the Family Nature Clubs and has plans to launch dozens of clubs across Canada. By bringing together groups of families to get out in nature together, the CWF anticipates breaking down common barriers that preclude families from getting time together outside in the natural world. At the same time, clubs create an opportunity to educate families on the many opportunities for free play in nature and easily found outdoor recreation in their communities.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has provided funding for our Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside) program, allowing it to build the tools and resources it can offer to formal and informal educators. Additionally, the Service has continually renewed its support of the Natural Leaders Network (NLN) since 2008. This kind of partnership allows for the expansion of the effort to develop the next generation of conservation leaders, who are so critical to the sustained growth of outdoor conservation values.