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Local Grassroots Campaign News and Updates


Local Grassroots Campaign News and Updates

Welcome to the new Grassroots group. This group will combine the spirit and intent of two similar groups that were started on C&NN Connect: Local Grassroots Movements, and Grassroots Campaign Coordinators. We will do our best to import some of the previous discussions to this group, so that all the Grassroots discussions and resource-sharing can happen in one place.


This is a group for people who are in leadership in their local grassroots movements. Those who coordinate or convene -- as a staff person or volunteer – a community, state or regional children in nature grassroots campaign, to share success stories, confer about challenges, seek answers, find support, move the movement. Join this group to help each other and spark ideas!


This group was initiated by Marilyn Wyzga, New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition, and Alice Hohl, Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative. All leaders are welcomed to participate.

Members: 32
Latest Activity: Sep 20

Discussion Forum

I need informations to create a Danish C&NN 2 Replies

I am 60 years old and live in Denmark.I run my own business (cinema & restaurant).I have rediscovered nature after reading Richard Louvs books.Beside my daily job I am studying for a master…Continue

Started by Jørn Lundme. Last reply by Jørn Lundme Nov 10, 2012.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

C&NN and Jane Jacobs Walk Partnership 1 Reply

I'm very excited to announce that C&NN has partnered with Jane Jacobs Walk to encourage child/family, nature-based walks within our local communities. Jane Jacobs Walk is a program of the…Continue

Started by Jennifer Baguley. Last reply by Suz Lipman Apr 11, 2012.

How to Get There: Starting an Outdoor/Nature-Based Preschool/Kindergarten

About a year ago I rediscovered my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. Shortly after, I learned about a preschool in Vashon, WA - Cedarsong Preschool. I began researching Forest Kindergartens and…Continue

Started by Kandi Hottell Mar 22, 2012.

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Comment by Doreen Chambers on August 8, 2014 at 1:51pm


My husband and I started, “Nature Watcher Community Park” on the site of the Chambers property, on 1944 Hebert Road in Williamstown, Vermont. “Nature Watcher Community Park” is just as short drive from both the Williamstown Middle-High and Elementary schools. It is privately owned. The park has well marked nature paths and treasure hunts on about sixty-acres of land. Nine brochures are available at the entryway shed.  


Comment by Asante Ali on June 10, 2014 at 4:42pm

Greetings of Peace and Love! Many thanks, for being in place!  I just recently stated an organization called, Operation: Nature's Children.

Operation: Nature's Children.

What we believe: That all children and youth should have access to Nature because, that connection is fun and healthy for them. Activity and exposure within Nature are important to children's and youth's physical and mental health.

Vision: Returning children and youth back into the nurturing care of Nature.

Mission: To introduce or reintroduce underserved children and youth far removed physically and mentally from Nature's splendor and beauty, with expectations of integrating them into the Natural world.To encourage children and youth, along with their families and communities to adore, love and share within Nature, even in it's humblest form. Assisting children and youth to discover, marvel, play, touch, listen, feel, and establish permanent holistic relationships with Nature.

Nature is waiting for the return of it's Children.

I look towards, sharing and learning from others within this group.

Comment by Suz Lipman on May 20, 2013 at 9:56am

Great work from the Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio collaborative and others.

"OH Leave No Child Inside Movement Focuses on Getting Kids Back to Nature"


Comment by Suz Lipman on January 17, 2012 at 10:49am

Congratulations, Leave No Child Inside NW Ohio! This wonderful article highlights the coalition's activities. Thanks, LNCI NW OH for all the great work you're doing to get children and adults out in nature.


Comment by Suz Lipman on November 30, 2011 at 1:46pm

Hello Friends in the Grassroots!

Some of you may have received an e-mail note from Avery Cleary and me, asking you to help spread the word to your networks about C&NN and our "Big Dreams Win" campaign to reach the critical mass needed to reverse the trend of children's disconnect from nature.

In case you didn't receive it, a link is below. We know that, in addition to the wonderful work you're already doing, many of you want to help C&NN and the children and nature movement. We wanted to make it easy for you to spread the word about our work to your own networks and get more people involved.

Let's also keep the conversation going about ways that we can help all of our efforts. Cheers to a wonderful holiday season and to getting more kids out into nature.

Here's the link to the letter you can pass on:



Thanks again for all you do!

Comment by Avery Cleary on October 31, 2011 at 11:49am

Hi John,  Thanks for asking. To clarify, this group was started at the request of folks leading collaborative efforts (rather than individual programs) so they could talk to each other. Yes! all size collaborations and new collaborations are most welcome! And this is a place for people who would like guidance about starting a collaborative. 

For people who want to connect in their region, best to refer them to the C&NN directory to find the coordinator/leader near them.  The coordinator can get them connected to their local network - whatever that looks like in their area.

Appreciate all the ways you help people connect! 



Comment by John Thielbahr on October 31, 2011 at 11:24am
Great idea to improve the coordination of members of this group, and a place to refer new members or people who just want to connect with their children and nature colleagues in their own geographic area.  It may not be clear to everyone who exactly is a "Grassroots Campaign Coordinator" and whether you have to be an existing GCC to be able to participate in this group.  I would hope that this group would be open to anyone who is leading any size of children and nature program or initiative.  I look forward to seeing this activity on this site.  jt
Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 2:17pm
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Comment by Avery Cleary on October 1, 2011 at 10:33am

Margie,  Welcome! Just checked out your website - www.nvoutdoorkids.org.  Impressive list of partners in your Alliance and loved your September blog entry Nature Walk in the Neighborhood. Thanks for connecting!
Comment by Suz Lipman on September 30, 2011 at 10:10am

The 10/5 NH Children in Nature Conference, led Marilyn Wyzga and featuring speakers Stephen Kellert and David Sobel, looks wonderful and very affordable. I hope it's great. Marilyn, let us know how it goes!



Comment by Betsy Townsend on September 27, 2011 at 2:55pm

Congratulations, Margie!
Comment by Margie on September 26, 2011 at 4:52pm

Nevada (yes, Nevada!) just joined the movement http://www.childrenandnature.org/movement/detail/nevada_childrens_o... 

and we have gotten on Facebook and Twitter.  Come see what's going on.  www.nvoutdoorkids.org

and we have gotten on Facebook and Twitter.  Come see what's going on.  www.nvoutdoorkids.org

Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 2:14pm

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Comment by Mary Hardcastle on August 26, 2011 at 6:36am

Hi from the Greater Baltimore Children & Nature Collaborative (GBCAN)! The only data we keep so far is feedback from our annual GBCAN conferences (200 participants) through a Survey Monkey. We are in the process of mapping nearby nature and the orgs close by that  provide family programming or nearby naturalists who might join a family nature club outing. We are using the Green Map system.  We will also be tracking attendance at our upcoming workshops that are calendared out 6 mos ahead. These workshops are provided by our GBCAN members on a volunteer basis and offered free to the public. They include parent workshops for how to connect kids with nature, youth workshops for organizing mentoring opportunities and peer-to-peer actions/outdoor adventures, health forums for pediatricians, etc. The above activity mimics the successful strategies of a Baltimore network of community gardeners. GBCAN has a steering group of 18 members. The Parks & People Foundation provides a graduate intern for 30 hrs. a week of organizing time to implement the collaborative objectives and outreach. We are replicating the C&NN initiatives on a local level--Family Nature Clubs, Natural Teachers, Natural Leaders, and we are connecting with the MD Partnership for Children in Nature to align our objectives with the state initiatives including a focus on increasing nature play spaces.
Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 2:13pm

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Comment by Yeshi on May 17, 2011 at 3:33pm

Hi i am putting together a voicethread for my school.  Does anyone have an image of a pie chart showing the shift within a decade from how much time children spend in front of digital technology and outdoors?

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