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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: 28
Latest Activity: Jul 4, 2013

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 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"

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/oh_local_leave_no_chil...

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.

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/lnci_northwest_oh_help...

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:

http://bit.ly/cnnhelpspreadtheword

 

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!

 

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/nh_children_in_nature_...


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?
Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 9:07am
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Comment by Kathy Bull on March 24, 2011 at 7:58am

ttp://triad.news14.com/content/593641/conference-urges-kids-to-get-...

I hope this works!

 

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 24, 2011 at 7:53am


Hi Kathy! That's really exciting news. If you have a link to a news story about the convention, we'll put it up on our C&NN.org news site. Very exciting stuff coming out of NC and NCCAN! And, like the children and nature movement, in general, it sounds like youth leaders are stepping up. Lucky you to have Diane Gordon as a speaker, too.

 

Thanks for all your work and energy. Yes, on to the exciting month of Let's G.O.!

 

Comment by Kathy Bull on March 24, 2011 at 7:07am


Recovering from a great state convention yesterday. NCCAN! in North Carolina had over 100 at the event with 16 breakout sessions and a wonderful keynote speaker- Diane Gordon from Children, Nature  and You Best news- divided into 6 regional NCCAN! groups and 6 folks stepped up to serve as regional coordinators! Already folks were talking of expanding next year's conference to include a bigger youth track

( we loved hearing from the young people present). WOW!

 

Media covered the event well and we had one reporter stay to attend some sessions and a news team carried the interviews all day on their news channel as well as put a story up on their website.

Now on to Let's G.O.!!!

 

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 23, 2011 at 11:01am


Great work from Chair Kathy Bull and the North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!), which is working toward passage of the NC Childrens Outdoor Bill of Rights. You can read about it here:


http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/new_bill_gives_rights_...

Comment by Suz Lipman on February 15, 2011 at 12:53pm

Congratulations and great work, Nancy Herron, National Chair of C&NN's Grassroots Leadership Team! Nancy recently participated in the Partners Outdoors 2011 conference, which featured the dual themes of Health and the Great Outdoors and Getting More Americans into Their Great Outdoors. Read more about the conference and Nancy's panel here:

 

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/partners_outdoors_2011...

Comment by Marilyn Wyzga on February 11, 2011 at 1:18pm

Are any of you conducting evaluation of your campaigns, specifically of how you are operating/running them?  We're looking for effective models or tools for evaluating the success of the NH Children in Nature Coalition in achieving its mission.

Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 9:02am
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Comment by Betsy Townsend on February 12, 2011 at 5:30am

Since the C&NN is also trying to track success of the movement, maybe a good starting place would be the questions in the Grassroots Survey.  It's on the website under Research and Publications - the questions are in the back.  No question that it is hard data to get when you operate as a collaborative as many organizations, not all of whom track or even have a way of tracking everything.  After all - nobody takes attendance in the backyard, in the woods or the park!



Comment by Marilyn Wyzga on February 11, 2011 at 1:49pm

We're in a different situation as we're not tracking the impact of a single program or organization, but the impact of the coalition and the movement in the state.  Plenty of anecdotal evidence and qualitative data, slim on the quantitative data.


Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on February 11, 2011 at 1:28pm

Hi,

We are in our third year and a few very simple tactics we use:

1. In the field, we track the attendance and have a goal to increase both retention and also bring in new faces

2. When we run clinics in the stores we get feedback readily from the managers and employees from both an educational perspective (if an employee doesn't have a child but they observe what we're doing and take our Chipper Tips we receive comments of how this is helping them better communicate with customers they are trying to outfit for outdoor experiences.

 

Virtually - we run analytics on our site and see where the greatest traffic is coming from, sign ups from our social media endeavors, open rates from emails and click throughs to content.

 

Are you running any analytics on your site? And do you utilize emails for communication? There are some tools readily available to you.

 

Happy to chat more about this directly and share our findings.

Cheers!



Comment by Marilyn Wyzga on February 11, 2011 at 1:15pm

Are any of you conducting evaluation of your campaigns, specifically of how you are operating/running them?  We're looking for effective models or tools for evaluating the success of the NH Children in Nature Coalition in achieving its mission.

Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on February 11, 2011 at 9:48am

Hi everyone,

We are so lucky to partner with REI and Coleman this year to enhance our Chipper Ambassador program which is a get-ready pack for educators, community leaders, paretns and outdoor enthusiasts. You can learn more about what we're up to at http://www.letsgochipper.com/event.php and please email to receive more information at connect@letsgochipper.com

 

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