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Welcome to the new Grassroots group. This group will combine the spirit and intent of two similar groups that were started on C&NN Connect: Local Grassroots Movements, and Grassroots Campaign Coordinators. We will do our best to import some of the previous discussions to this group, so that all the Grassroots discussions and resource-sharing can happen in one place.

 

This is a group for people who are in leadership in their local grassroots movements. Those who coordinate or convene -- as a staff person or volunteer – a community, state or regional children in nature grassroots campaign, to share success stories, confer about challenges, seek answers, find support, move the movement. Join this group to help each other and spark ideas!

 

This group was initiated by Marilyn Wyzga, New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition, and Alice Hohl, Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative. All leaders are welcomed to participate.

Members: 31
Latest Activity: Aug 8

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I need informations to create a Danish C&NN 2 Replies

I am 60 years old and live in Denmark.I run my own business (cinema & restaurant).I have rediscovered nature after reading Richard Louvs books.Beside my daily job I am studying for a master…Continue

Started by Jørn Lundme. Last reply by Jørn Lundme Nov 10, 2012.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

C&NN and Jane Jacobs Walk Partnership 1 Reply

I'm very excited to announce that C&NN has partnered with Jane Jacobs Walk to encourage child/family, nature-based walks within our local communities. Jane Jacobs Walk is a program of the…Continue

Started by Jennifer Baguley. Last reply by Suz Lipman Apr 11, 2012.

How to Get There: Starting an Outdoor/Nature-Based Preschool/Kindergarten

About a year ago I rediscovered my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. Shortly after, I learned about a preschool in Vashon, WA - Cedarsong Preschool. I began researching Forest Kindergartens and…Continue

Started by Kandi Hottell Mar 22, 2012.

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Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 9:07am
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Comment by Kathy Bull on March 24, 2011 at 7:58am

ttp://triad.news14.com/content/593641/conference-urges-kids-to-get-...

I hope this works!

 

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:


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

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:

 

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/partners_outdoors_2011...

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 Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 9:02am
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Comment by Betsy Townsend on February 12, 2011 at 5:30am

Since the C&NN is also trying to track success of the movement, maybe a good starting place would be the questions in the Grassroots Survey.  It's on the website under Research and Publications - the questions are in the back.  No question that it is hard data to get when you operate as a collaborative as many organizations, not all of whom track or even have a way of tracking everything.  After all - nobody takes attendance in the backyard, in the woods or the park!



Comment by Marilyn Wyzga on February 11, 2011 at 1:49pm

We're in a different situation as we're not tracking the impact of a single program or organization, but the impact of the coalition and the movement in the state.  Plenty of anecdotal evidence and qualitative data, slim on the quantitative data.


Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on February 11, 2011 at 1:28pm

Hi,

We are in our third year and a few very simple tactics we use:

1. In the field, we track the attendance and have a goal to increase both retention and also bring in new faces

2. When we run clinics in the stores we get feedback readily from the managers and employees from both an educational perspective (if an employee doesn't have a child but they observe what we're doing and take our Chipper Tips we receive comments of how this is helping them better communicate with customers they are trying to outfit for outdoor experiences.

 

Virtually - we run analytics on our site and see where the greatest traffic is coming from, sign ups from our social media endeavors, open rates from emails and click throughs to content.

 

Are you running any analytics on your site? And do you utilize emails for communication? There are some tools readily available to you.

 

Happy to chat more about this directly and share our findings.

Cheers!



Comment by Marilyn Wyzga on February 11, 2011 at 1:15pm

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 Stephanie Rach-Wilson on February 11, 2011 at 9:48am

Hi everyone,

We are so lucky to partner with REI and Coleman this year to enhance our Chipper Ambassador program which is a get-ready pack for educators, community leaders, paretns and outdoor enthusiasts. You can learn more about what we're up to at http://www.letsgochipper.com/event.php and please email to receive more information at connect@letsgochipper.com

Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 9:00am
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!

 

http://bit.ly/OHLNCI

Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 19, 2011 at 8:56am
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
momentum;
- 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
(www.greenheartsinc.org);
- and a demonstration nature play yard we developed this summer as
part of Omaha’s annual, two-week-long “Street of Dreams” homes
tour.

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!
Comment by Children & Nature Network on October 18, 2011 at 4:32pm
Welcome to the new Grassroots group. This group will combine the spirit and intent of two similar groups that were started on C&NN Connect: Local Grassroots Movements, and Grassroots Campaign Coordinators. We will do our best to import some of the previous discussions to this group, so that all the Grassroots discussions and resource-sharing can happen in one place.
 

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