C&NN Natural Service Network

Serve Outside September


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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.

In 2012, Natural Leaders Participated in a Range of Projects for Serve Outside September (S.O.S.) 1 Reply

Jonesborough, Tennessee, community members, aged pre-natal to 67, celebrated S.O.S. by…Continue

Tags: Serve, Outside, September, REPORTOUT, Service

Started by Suz Lipman. Last reply by Lizbeth Williams Oct 22, 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 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:


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.).

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:

Comment by Avery Cleary on June 24, 2011 at 12:58pm

Wow, two amazing tree plantings - service and FUN!

Lori, really heartwarming to see so much enthusiasm. Great concept too - any suggestions for people who want to explore local service learning projects?    Ernie, love the Creek ReLeaf photos on the volunteer page!  Look forward to seeing this years photos! Thanks to you both for the inspiration.

Comment by Lori Kiesser on June 22, 2011 at 7:22pm
Check out Inside the Outdoors' Service-Learning project with Brea Olinda High School and Disney's Friends for Change.  Go to:,  scroll to the "Playlist" on the lower right and then scroll to Brea Olinda Tree Planting.   You can also read about the project here:
Comment by Ernie McLaney on June 16, 2011 at 4:20pm

Here's a link to our Natural Service project in Charlotte, North Carolina:

Creek ReLeaf

Comment by Avery Cleary on April 7, 2011 at 9:09pm
Harmony, This sounds like a great event that combines service with play and celebration.  Would love to hear how it goes and see a few photos!  Avery
Comment by Harmony on April 7, 2011 at 12:47pm

Let's Go! - Creek Clean Up Day

Mark your calendars for 10:30 am, May 14th. That's when Taiga Trekkers along with the Anchorage Outdoor Family Network will participate in the annual event hosted by the Anchorage Waterways Council as part of the Let's Go - PLAY, SERVE, CELEBRATE initiative sponsored by the Children & Nature Network. We will be meeting at Tikishla Park at the end of 20th and cleaning up along the Chester Creek watershed area. Then meeting at Valley of the Moon park for a picnic with AWC.

The AWC describes the event on there website as this:

"It’s a day where nearly 1,000 volunteers throughout Anchorage put on boots and gloves to clean the trash from local streams and waterways. This effort improves habitat for fish and other critters and helps humans thrive too! 
Each year, volunteers remove several tons of trash. The Anchorage Waterways Council needs folks, families and teams to pitch in and make a difference. Sign up for volunteering here.

Creek CleanupThe effort was organized in 1984 when Mayor Tony Knowles called for a group of citizens to organize around improving the health of creeks. The event  spawned the Anchorage Waterways Council—which still tirelessly protects, restores and enhances the creeks of Anchorage. Anchorage Waterways Council  organizes this event each year through generous financial and inkind donations from the Municipality, the business community, and individuals. "

Comment by Wendy NatureGifts on April 4, 2011 at 4:47am

Hi everyone, I'm Wendy and I write on behalf, we specialize in live animal gifts such as butterfly, ladybug kits and ant and worm farms.


We also have  a fledgling blog that concentrates on different ways to enjoy nature with your children and a facebook page. Please pop over and say hi.


I shall look forward to getting to know you all better. x


Comment by Paolo Beneventi on February 24, 2011 at 12:16am

This is an invitation to come and see the Virtual Museum of Small Animals.

Here is a group and I hope some people join to it.

We are collecting photos and video links by children and schools throughout all the world!
See you soon



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