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C&NN Natural Service Network

Serve Outside September

(S.O.S.)

Help restore the
planet and yourself.

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Members: 98
Latest Activity: May 1

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Whether you PLANT native trees or wildflowers; HELP with trail clearing, invasive plant removal, river, stream or beach cleanup; HOST a recycling event; BUILD bat boxes, bird houses and bird feeders; CREATE a butterfly garden or a wild zone, we want to hear about it. SHARE your STORIES, PHOTOS and LINKS in the discussion section below.You just might inspire someone else!

 

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How did your 2012 Serve Outside September event go? 2 Replies

S.O.S. volunteers combatted ‘Alien Invaders’ in Indiana; joined the Great Trash Stash in Illinois, the Buffelgrass pull in Arizona, restoration planting in California, trail maintenance in Nevada,…Continue

Started by Avery Cleary. Last reply by Avery Cleary Oct 27, 2012.

Congratulations to the 2012 S.O.S. REI gift card winners!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in C&NN’s Serve Outside September! We are inspired by the many ways you help your community and the natural world. We have two winners in the random…Continue

Started by Avery Cleary Oct 19, 2012.

Congratulations to NSN Survey Winner Barbara Feehan!

A big thank you to everyone who returned the C&NN Natural Service Survey!  We are inspired by your Natural Service Projects. Congratulations to Barbara Feehan who will receive the $100 REI gift…Continue

Started by Avery Cleary Aug 14, 2012.

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Comment by Suz Lipman on September 14, 2013 at 10:27am

Are you participating in S.O.S. (Serve Outside September)? It's a designated month for Natural Service to restore our planet and ourselves.

Download our free resources, toolkit, badges and more:

Please share your photos and stories of outdoor service here.

Comment by Lori Kiesser on January 15, 2012 at 11:26am

At Inside the Outdoors, we are lucky to host several service projects each year.  Support from our partners makes this possible.  Yesterday we hosted an MLK Day of Service at Rancho Sonado, one of our environmental education sites.  Thanks to the Children and Nature Network and Richard Louv (for the inspiration), OneOC (for promoting our MLK Day of Service), Brea Olinda High School Friends for Change Club members Briana and Katherine (for helping lead the event), and all of the volunteers who helped!

 

We spent the day working on a seedling propagation nursery and James Pond restoration.  The seedlings are donated to local schools for school gardens. James Pond is a freshwater pond that is the centerpiece for student and community environmental education programs that reach over 12,000 community members each year.  Check out pictures from the MLK Day of Service on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150530727786178.39314....

Comment by Daniella (Donna) Drader on January 13, 2012 at 7:58am
Matt, let's talk soon. I'm still living in Pullman...maybe I can do something to help over here? I have a couple of ideas as well. My cell is 208-310-6265. So glad to hear about all the amazing things you are up to!
Comment by Matthew Carroll on January 11, 2012 at 10:40am

I am going to be in the Sacramento/Oakland, CA area for some recruiting events and to help teach a leadership class at the end of January beginning of February.  If there is anyone out there who is interested in attending any of the events or meeting up please let me know.  In other news I am trying to build a Jr. Smokejumper program, which will look like a Jr. Ranger program with science and conservation education components but would have a more pronounced focus on physical fitness.  I have sent a letter to Let’s Move and am in touch with the Forest Service Conservation Education program and the National Smokejumper Association (who already have a small program going  in West Yellowstone, MT).  Any thoughts on who else might be interested?

Comment by Suz Lipman on January 11, 2012 at 8:51am

Hey, folks. I thought you'd like to know about this Grant opportunity from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Grants are being offered for youth conservation job programs. Apply by Jan. 27. See this link for details:

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

Comment by Suz Lipman on January 11, 2012 at 8:49am

Hey, Matthew! It's great to hear from you.  Your enthusiasm is certainly contagious. I'm sure you're doing a great deal to inspire the next generation! You've come to the right place to find like-minded people who are doing the same. Let's G.O.! and Serve Outdoors are going to continue to draw people to the outdoors. Hope you and others will keep talking. Cheers.

Comment by Matthew Carroll on November 25, 2011 at 12:50pm

I am very excited I found this network.  As a Smokejumper with the US Forest Service, I look 10 years down the road and wonder if there will be enough interest in working outside, being physically challenged and caring about our natural resources to sustain my line of work.  Movements like Let’s GO give me hope.  We need the general public to support the idea that natural resource conservation is worth investing in and we need individuals to be interested in perusing it as a lifestyle (my work feels like more than a career).  I have a cool job; I get paid to be physically fit, work outdoors and to be a part of conservation in action, so how can I use this to inspire the next generation? 

Comment by Suz Lipman on September 30, 2011 at 8:33am

Read about the many wonderful ways people and organizations served outside for Serve Outside September (S.O.S.) and throughout the year.

 

A big thank you to everyone who returned the recent C&NN Natural Service Survey. The survey helped us get a comprehensive picture of the wonderful and important service projects that took place in every region of the U.S. We also discovered that natural service helps people as much as it helps the environment.

 

You can read about all the projects and what participants had to say about their experiences here:

 

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

 

Thank you again for continuing to serve outside! Please do keep us posted here on C&NN Connect whenever you participate in more service projects. We want to hear about it!

Comment by Suz Lipman on September 28, 2011 at 10:45am

Read about Sierra Club and C&NN's joint commitment to getting people outside to serve during Serve Outside September (S.O.S.).

 

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

Comment by Suz Lipman on September 19, 2011 at 10:22pm

Serve Outside September (S.O.S.): These Albany students, staff and volunteers, led by C&NN's Brother Yusuf Burgess, got outside to help with clean-up efforts from Hurricane Irene.

 

The group also served outside on September 11, on the grounds of the Myers Residence, a hub of mid-19th century Underground Railroad activity. Read their inspiring story:

 

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

 

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