Grassroots Campaign Coordinators


Grassroots Campaign Coordinators

We've made a change on C&NN Connect and want to be sure you stay connected!

Please take a few minutes to join the Local Grassroots Campaign Coordinators group on C&NN Connect.  That is our place to share success stories, confer about challenges, seek answers, find support, spark ideas and move the movement!

You can find it here:

Even if you were a member of this group, you will need to sign yourself up for the new Grassroots group. 

This will allow all of the news and sharing about our Grassroots efforts to occur in one place. To avoid any confusion, this group will be removed.

We look forward to continuing the conversation!


For 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.

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Latest Activity: Nov 29, 2017

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Village Library for Kids 1 Reply

Warm greetings from Vietnam. I am Hai Van, from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.After 20 years leaving the village for a big city, I return my village and want to share things to the village's kids. Does any…Continue

Started by Hai Van. Last reply by Suz Lipman Oct 18, 2011.

how to manage a campaign 3 Replies

At the national Grassroots Gathering last August, a group of us had dinner together to talk about how to create and manage children in nature campaigns in our communities.  There was alot of meaty…Continue

Started by Marilyn Wyzga. Last reply by Marilyn Wyzga Feb 1, 2011.

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Comment by Kelli Carmack on June 22, 2013 at 6:46pm

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 Children & Nature Network on October 18, 2011 at 4:28pm

Hi Folks.

Many thanks to Marilyn Wyzga, New Hampshire Children in Nature Coalition, for starting this group. Marilyn and many others will be leading and participating in our discussion of Leadership at the Grassroots level in a new group, called Local Grassroots Campaign Coordinators. Please join us there:

Comment by Avery Cleary on October 1, 2011 at 10:33am
Margie,  Welcome! Just checked out your website -  Impressive list of partners in your Alliance and loved your September blog entry Nature Walk in the Neighborhood. Thanks for connecting!
Comment by Suz Lipman on September 30, 2011 at 10:10am

The 10/5 NH Children in Nature Conference, led Marilyn Wyzga and featuring speakers Stephen Kellert and David Sobel, looks wonderful and very affordable. I hope it's great. Marilyn, let us know how it goes!

Comment by Betsy Townsend on September 27, 2011 at 2:55pm
Congratulations, Margie!
Comment by Mary Hardcastle on August 26, 2011 at 6:36am
Hi from the Greater Baltimore Children & Nature Collaborative (GBCAN)! The only data we keep so far is feedback from our annual GBCAN conferences (200 participants) through a Survey Monkey. We are in the process of mapping nearby nature and the orgs close by that  provide family programming or nearby naturalists who might join a family nature club outing. We are using the Green Map system.  We will also be tracking attendance at our upcoming workshops that are calendared out 6 mos ahead. These workshops are provided by our GBCAN members on a volunteer basis and offered free to the public. They include parent workshops for how to connect kids with nature, youth workshops for organizing mentoring opportunities and peer-to-peer actions/outdoor adventures, health forums for pediatricians, etc. The above activity mimics the successful strategies of a Baltimore network of community gardeners. GBCAN has a steering group of 18 members. The Parks & People Foundation provides a graduate intern for 30 hrs. a week of organizing time to implement the collaborative objectives and outreach. We are replicating the C&NN initiatives on a local level--Family Nature Clubs, Natural Teachers, Natural Leaders, and we are connecting with the MD Partnership for Children in Nature to align our objectives with the state initiatives including a focus on increasing nature play spaces.
Comment by Yeshi on May 17, 2011 at 3:33pm
Hi i am putting together a voicethread for my school.  Does anyone have an image of a pie chart showing the shift within a decade from how much time children spend in front of digital technology and outdoors?
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


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.



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