NC Children and Nature Coalition (NC CAN!)


NC Children and Nature Coalition (NC CAN!)

NCCAN!'s vision is that children will have the opportunity to value, discover and experience the natural world around them.

Location: Asheboro, North Carolina
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Feb 25

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Conference will be held March 23, 2011 at the Haw River State Park. RFP for presenters will come out in early January. Conference topics will include sessions on children and nature- education,…Continue

Started by Kathy Bull. Last reply by Suz Lipman Dec 29, 2010.

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Statewide NC Children and Nature (NCCAN!) conference at the NC Zoo is on March 25. What would you like to see happen at the conference?  HOw can our state coalition help you or your organization?Continue

Started by Kathy Bull. Last reply by Ernie McLaney Mar 4, 2010.

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Comment by Karan Barber on February 25, 2015 at 10:09am

We are so proud of our Natural Leaders Academy 2014 graduates - these motivated & brilliant high school students have developed two summer camps ( and will act as the program directors.  Both are passionate about nature and getting children engage in the outdoors.   Read more in our attached press release.  NatScinewsRelease150223.pdf

Comment by Kelli Carmack on June 22, 2013 at 6:52pm

Hello everyone!  I would like to pass along a program that I am launching that may be of interest to you.  Please check out The 7th Generation School at

I spent many years as a teacher working with at-risk youth as well as those diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.  I have also recently been a wilderness guide/substance abuse counselor for a wilderness treatment center for young adults.  For many years I have been formulating this program out of my constant question, "What can I do?"  This program is my answer and humble offering to the planet. 

The 7th Generation School is a supplementary program (to a regular or homeschool curriculum) that not only connects youth with the natural world around them but also with the natural world that exists within them.  It is a therapeutic wilderness program (and more) for youth who need something more than what the schools offer.  Our intention is to provide a holistic and eco-centered supplement to our youth so that they may become their vision and purpose in the world.

I hope we get to connect soon!

Comment by Ernie McLaney on August 4, 2011 at 6:22pm

I worked with this same organization earliler this year, hosting a number of screenings of the film "Play Again". They are doing some really great things as they connect kids to nature.

Comment by Suz Lipman on August 4, 2011 at 2:40pm

Hi All,

Thought you might be interested in this NC story that was in Scientific American.


The Outdoors as a World of Wonder for Kids: Local NC program is changing the way families experience nature. 
Comment by Suz Lipman on June 22, 2011 at 6:33am

Great report from the first NC Children and Nature Summit. Sounds like exciting things were done and discussed. Good going!

Comment by Deb Dorsett Hanson on May 4, 2011 at 1:33am
Hello. I'm a NC native living in Fl but planning a move back to NC in a year or so... Great to see this group on C&NN. Thanks for sharing...
Comment by Kathy Bull on August 26, 2010 at 2:24pm
Check us out on these sites- and take a look at our new website:


Please pass it on!
Comment by Kathy Bull on March 31, 2010 at 6:20am
It was a great conference, thanks top all who attended. We not only got to celebrate what we have accomplished but we set forward the next steps for our future. Our speakers were inspiring- thanks Juan Martinez and Matt Mutel! We adopted a NC Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights and we began the groundwork for an Executive Order to bring to the Governor to establish a study commission around NC policies and practices that impact supporting children and nature connections.

Anyone who wanted to come but couldn't or who would like more information on NCCAN! or how to get involved can email me at
Comment by Ernie McLaney on March 30, 2010 at 5:38pm
It was very unfortunate that my work did not approve my travel request for this conference. Budget cuts are taking a toll. I'm happy it was successful and hope to make it to the next meeting.
Comment by Kelley Sarantis on March 30, 2010 at 9:46am
Thanks to all who participated in the NC CAN Conference last week. It was my first one and enjoyed it thoroughly. I am really excited about all the great people involved and all the energy. Just a reminder: StoryPoint Media, filmmaker of "Magic in the Forest", needs your photos for the film while credits are rolling. We would love any nature oriented pictures that depicts children having fun in nature. Please the name of the organization as you would like it credited. Please confirm that you own the pictures or have a media release. Please email them to
Thanks in advance
Kelley Sarantis

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