A big thank you to everyone who returned the recent C&NN Natural Service Survey, a total of 53 people in 24 states. We are inspired by your natural service, commitment and creativity. Congratulations to Marianne O’Connor from the Outside Connections Club in Nashua, New Hampshire, who will receive a $100 REI gift card, based on a random drawing from the people who returned surveys. 


Marianne developed an after-school adventure club for middle schoolers, which worked with NH Project Learning Tree and others to help map trails for the city of Nashua, using GPS devices and computers. Students trekked the unmarked trails in snowshoes, and the city used their data to create a map. Videos of the project can be seen here:






Shout-out to Marianne, the adventure club students, Project Learning Tree and the City of Nashua for a great collaborative service project.

Equally inspiring are the other natural service projects that returned surveys. Here’s a sneak preview of the projects that will be highlighted in the C&NN September newsletter.


Schools dreamed big and did the work. School groups rallied to:


Transform a weed lot into a native garden

Create community gardens, outdoor learning centers and a digging box

Inventory plants, plant trees and restore native plants

Pull weeds, pick up trash and organize daily composting


Volunteers at Home took action to:


Replace lawns with native plants, trees and wildflowers

Create games and activities to help children serve and learn outdoors

Donate plants to local elders and a food bank


Communities came together to:


Clean up watersheds, rivers and creeks

Improve trails, plant trees and pull invasive weeds

Release ladybugs and build bat houses, bird boxes and bee habitats

Host play days, educational festivals and overnight campouts

Sell native plants, raise and release Monarch butterflies

Prepare a trail for blind visitors

Design a therapeutic courtyard for elderly patients


Thank you all for stepping up and showing that natural service helps the Earth, helps our communities and can be FUN!

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