Nature Rocks

This is your group for learning more about how to use Nature Rocks for your work and sharing your successes! Nature Rocks is a national marketing campaign to bring families to you plus resources to help your outreach. Get your resources now!

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Grassroots Gathering: Nature Rocks presentation

For those who missed it, here is the Nature Rocks presentation from the Gathering: 2009-09 NR_C&NN_Conf.ppt . You can learn about how Nature Rocks can support you to reach parents and caregivers to connect their families with nature.

Nature Rocks is a marketing campaign to bring families to your great programs and it is a communications platform and set of resources you can use to make your outreach even more effective.

Discussion Forum

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.

incentives for partners to be 'beta' on our new website

Hi all,Anyone have any fun ideas for incentives we could offer foran initial group of "collaborative" partners who will work with us tobuild profiles on our new website (San Diego Children and…Continue

Started by Sylvia Busby Oct 11, 2010.

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Comment by Michael D. Barton on May 4, 2015 at 5:57pm

Since we launched in March 2015 we have sold over 80 "Children at Nature Play" signs - to nature centers, nature-based preschools, wildlife refuges, children & nature advocates, etc. Learn more about the sign that sparks a conversation about connecting children to nature - and order one! - at

Comment by Michael D. Barton on February 25, 2015 at 9:29am

Children at Nature Play signs are ready to order! Use them to raise awareness in your community about the importance of connecting kids to nature.

Comment by Michael D. Barton on January 6, 2015 at 7:54pm

Passionate about connecting kids to nature? Please share my Tee Spring t-shirt campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of children playing in nature. If interested in ordering a t-shirt or sharing the link on your Facebook page, here's the link:

Thank you! - Michael Barton

Comment by Kelli Carmack on June 22, 2013 at 6:55pm

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 Rafael Reyes on October 29, 2009 at 6:04pm
Just wanted to let everyone know that we just added 1,000 Nature Centers have been added to Find Nature! We now have over 8,000 featured destinations in our rapidly growing database. Check it out:
Comment by Chip Donahue on October 23, 2009 at 10:35am
Wonderful tool, Rafael. Thanks for your time and energy!
Comment by Rafael Reyes on October 23, 2009 at 10:32am
We've got a new tool for local outreach! We've created a customizable Nature Rocks pamphlet local organizations can use to reach out to the public. All you need to do is add your logo and information on your program in designated spots and you've got a great pamplet to promote your program! Find it here: NatureRocks_Pamphlet_Customizable-graphic text.ppt.

Of course the entire outreach resource kit is on the C&NN website:
Comment by Shannon Baer on September 29, 2009 at 12:47pm
thanks for the welcome and greetings! I am a Waldorf graduate and now becoming a waldorf parent- all so fun. Am off to the Nature Club for Families!
Happy Hiking! Shannon
Comment by Chip Donahue on September 29, 2009 at 11:44am
Thanks John for those kind words! Shannon, wait til you "meet" the wonderful people who are Nature Club for Families leaders. They are full of great ideas. We'd love to have you join our crew.
Comment by John Thielbahr on September 29, 2009 at 11:41am
Hi Shannon,
A hearty welcome to the Children and Nature Network. I am glad you found this web site, even in a backward's kind of way. We have all arrived here from the back: our childhood spent in nature that we loved.

A lot is happening, and it is growing and changing every day, I would encourage you to join the Nature Clubs for Families group and download the Tool Kit (available on the main page of the C&NN web site), which has many good ideas about things to do with children in nature. The leaders of that group Chip and Ashley Donahue are wonderful and will welcome you with open arms and many good ideas. The "Nature Circles" tool is also a simple way to introduce young children to nature.

There are many non-profits already active in the movement. You might want to take a look at the map on the C&NN web site to see what already exists in or near Rhode Island, which is near to my heart as a graduate of the Officer Candidate School in Newport. There are all kinds of large non-profit nature centers that are working with children in nature as well. Forming your own non-profit is a serious commitment so I would not jump into it lightly. You might have some nature-based pre-schools in your area like Montessori and Waldorf. Pick an age group you want to work with and then see what is already out there. Keep the dream, that's always the first step. Glad you are with us. John

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