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Local Grassroots Movements - Best Practices, Sharing, etc.


Local Grassroots Movements - Best Practices, Sharing, etc.

We've made a change on C&NN Connect and want to be sure you stay connected!

Please take a few minutes to join the Local Grassroots Campaign Coordinators group on C&NN Connect.  That is our place to share success stories, confer about challenges, seek answers, find support, spark ideas and move the movement!

You can find it here:


Even if you were a member of this group, you will need to sign yourself up for the new Grassroots group. 

This will allow all of the news and sharing about our Grassroots efforts to occur in one place. To avoid any confusion, this group will be removed.

We look forward to continuing the conversation!


This is a group for people who are in leadership in their local grassroots movements: Collaboratives, initiatives, etc. Here we can share what is going on in different locations in order to help each other and spark ideas!

Members: 49
Latest Activity: Jan 6

Discussion Forum

incentives for partners to be 'beta' on our new website

Hi all,Anyone have any fun ideas for incentives we could offer for an initial group of "collaborative" partners who will work with us to build profiles on our new website (San Diego Children and…Continue

Started by Sylvia Busby Oct 11, 2010.

Changing schools play yard plans

Has anyone in Canada passed a naturalization plan with their school boards to incorporate a learning garden or naturalized area into new school developments? I am in a booming town that is building…Continue

Started by Rhonda Ursulak Jul 26, 2010.

Update on Ohio - Forming a statewide movement and involving state government...

For those following our progress in Ohio, we now have four active Leave No Child INSIDE Collaboratives and a fifth that is almost there.Leaders of the Leave No Child Inside Collaboratives of Ohio are…Continue

Started by Alice Hohl Feb 17, 2010.

Are any other sets of regional movements coming together in statewide events/organizations? 5 Replies

Here in Ohio we have 2 strong local collaboratives and a few that are starting out.We are beginning work on some statewide events, work, etc.Does anyone have experience with this? We are wondering…Continue

Started by Alice Hohl. Last reply by Alice Hohl Oct 9, 2009.

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Comment by Michael D. Barton on January 6, 2015 at 7:53pm

Passionate about connecting kids to nature? Please share my Tee Spring t-shirt campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of children playing in nature. If interested in ordering a t-shirt or sharing the link on your Facebook page, here's the link: http://teespring.com/natureplaysign

Thank you! - Michael Barton

Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 18, 2011 at 4:27pm

Hi Folks.

Many thanks to Alice Hohl, Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative, for starting this group. Alice and many others will be leading and participating in our discussion of Leadership at the Grassroots level in a new group, called Local Grassroots Campaign Coordinators. Please join us there:


Comment by Kathy Bull on March 24, 2011 at 7:58am
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:


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:



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 Suz Lipman on February 1, 2011 at 3:28pm

Read the latest news from the Ohio Grassroots. Their five regional Leave No Child Inside collaboratives have been very active and productive. I think you'll be inspired, as I was, by their accomplishments.


Congratulations, OH Grassroots leaders, on a stellar 2010!



Comment by Ken Finch on August 29, 2010 at 5:16pm
Help with community collaborations. At the Gathering earlier this month, a group of us met at dinner to discuss community collaborations for children and nature. Specifically, several of us had found that we were experiencing similar challenges after two or three years of our efforts, and hoped that we could collectively share and discover solutions.

Although each collaboration is unique to its metro area or state, there seem to be common issues surfacing as the efforts began to mature:
- a softening of the initial enthusiasm and commitment of the core
leaders, as the necessary time commitment takes its toll;
- difficulty in spreading the leadership and development load from the
original champions to a larger group of leaders, without losing
- limited financial resources, exacerbated by the economic downtown
and sometimes quiet turf issues among participating organizations;
- indecision about the best organizational structure(s) for advancing
and expanding the efforts; and
- difficulty in effectively engaging various elements of the community,
be it the health sector, formal education, outdoor retailers, etc.

Ultimately, we decided to ask C&NN to produce a companion volume to the original Community Action Guide, to address typical challenges and strategies for years three to six. Hopefully this product will emerge, but in the meanwhile perhaps we can start to help each other through discussion in this forum.

My own local collaboration is Metro Omaha Resources for Exploring Nature. Besides a great acronym (MORE Nature), we have had some notable successes during our first 2.5 years:
- an on-going series of “Nature Nights” at local schools;
- an on-going series of “Nature Play Workshops for Parents;”
- a community forum with good attendance that included numerous
local decision leaders;
- a good website (www.morenature.info);
- a partnership with the Junior League of Omaha in starting and
continuing “Go Play Adventure” ― a family treasure hunt to local
parks and other outdoor play destinations;
- funding support for the booklet “A Parents’ Guide to Nature Play”
produced by my own organization, Green Hearts
- and a demonstration nature play yard we developed this summer as
part of Omaha’s annual, two-week-long “Street of Dreams” homes

In sum, we feel very good about our accomplishments. Yet we are struggling to take MORE Nature to the next level ― i.e., to reach a sort of tipping point that will allow us to begin having dramatically more impact. Our chief financial and staffing sponsor, the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, remains solid in their support and leadership, and several other influential organizations are represented on our steering committee: the Omaha Children’s Museum, the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, the Omaha Association for the Education of Young Children, Lauritzen Gardens, Green Hearts, and Hitchcock Nature Center, plus we have the assistance of a couple of excellent individual volunteers.

However, we are struggling to connect to the health community; to identify and develop new leaders; to establish the necessary credibility and influence for much more community financial support; and in deciding whether we should move beyond our current, loose-knit organizational structure to something more formal and concrete.

I am hoping that those of you who are involved in your own community collaborations will share your ideas and successes with these and other challenges, and will help identify and address other problems that you are encountering in your own efforts. Together we can be stronger. Thanks!

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