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State and Local Movements

The Children's Nature Institute
.  Nonprofit organization. Provides membership information and schedule of environmental education programs for children (birth to eight years), parents and teachers in Los Angeles County.

Washington State Parks, No Child Left Inside.  State agency. Provides information on grant program for Washington state outdoor education and recreation youth programs geared towards getting children outside to learn about and enjoy nature.

Utah State Parks, ROCKIN’ Utah.  State agency.  Site provides basic information on Children and Nature movement and lists ROCKIN’ Utah events offered by the agency for children and their families.

Leave No Child Inside, A Chicago Wilderness Initiative. Public-private partnership.  Provides suggestions for children’s outdoor play, links to news articles about the children and nature movement and resources for educators.

Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative. Blog.  Network for individuals and organizations in Ohio interested in the Leave No Child Inside movement.  Information on speakers bureau, media and through blog postings.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Explore the Outdoors. State Agency. Provides information on multiyear campaign to reconnect kids with nature. Includes activity guides, event calendars and more.

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Leave No Child Inside.  State initiative. Provides information about recreational resources and outdoor activities available in Connecticut's state parks, forests and waterways.

The New Hampshire Children in Nature Initiative. State agency.  Provides information on New Hampshire initiative and links to related children in nature programs. Provides forum for community involvement through a list serve.

Children in Nature Collaborative (Northern California).  Blog.  A network of regional movements across the country focused on restoring relationships with nature and each other.

Get Outdoors Florida.  State initiative.  Addresses societal needs including public wel-being, health issues, and natural resource conservation.

Get Outdoors Georgia.  State initiative.  Provides information to show families how easy and fun it is to get outdoors and get fit.  Challenges everyone to: Get Out. Get Dirty. Get Fit.

Be Outside / Idaho Children and Nature Network.  State initiative.  Group of Idaho city, state and federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private business owners and citizens to united to empower all Idahoans to lead healthy lives be developing a sense of place in Idaho's outdoors.

Iowa Coalition for Re-Connecting Children and Nature.  Public-private partnership.  It is an invitation to individuals, entities and organizations to join together to expand opportunities for children, youth and families to experience and learn from nature.

Take It Outside! Maine.  State initiative.  Provides encouragement and information for children and families to reconnect with nature through year-round outdoor recreation opportunities in Maine.

The Greater Baltimore Children and Nature Collaborative.  Blog.  Encourages partnerships and provides information to foster caring connections with nature.  Member of this collaborative believe the health and well being of children and the natural world need special guidance and attention.

Michigan No Child Left Inside Coalition.  Blog.  A collection of organizations working to rekindle the connection between Michigan's children and nature by promoting acitivities and policies that will help children reconnect with nature.

Minnesota Children and Nature Connection Conference.  Conference.  To address the issue of today's children and their disconnect with nature.  Discussed the emerging trends, related research, and design concepts that reconnect children and families to nature and create natural spaceds for communities, schools, daycares, parks and neighborhoods. 

Missoula Children and Nature Network.   Private-public partnership.  To advocate and facilitate the development of meaningful, life-long connections between children and the natural environment, aimed at improving the health of the youth and the natural world in the greater Missoula area.

Healthy Families Play Outside - Connecting People with Nature (Nebraska).  Private-public partnership.  To educate families about the importance of outdoor physical exercise and to introduce Lincoln's parks and outdoor spaces to low-income and immigrant families.  To provide incentive for families to get outside and play in Lincoln's parks and outside spaces and to focus media attention on the need for active, physical, outdoor play and the resources available in Lincoln.

No Child Left Inside Coalition (New Mexico).  Blog.  To educate children about the profound implications for the mental, physical and spiritual health of future generation throught their connections with nature.  New Mexico can, and should, lead the way to a different future with programs and legislation that reconnect children with the outdoors.

Children in Nature New York Initiative.  Private-public partnership.  Exploring how to reconnect children to nature in New York State.

North Carolina CAN! (Children and Nature Coalition).  Private-public partnership.  The mission of N.C. CAN! is to establish a relationship between the children of North Carolina and the natural world by bringing together people and organizations to strengthen, broaden, and support efforts that build these connections.

No Oregon Child Left Inside.  State initiative.  The No Oregon Child Left Inside Act will establish a state environmental literacy plan, an environmental education grant program and an Environmental Education Advisory Council to guide Oregon in a common strategic vision for environmental education.  This framework will support our youth getting outside and reconnected with local forests, backyard streams, local farms, and nearby rivers.

Get Outdoors PA!  State initiative.  A calendar of the outdoor happenings in Pennsylvania.  Aimed to motivate people to experience the outdoors of Pennsylvania.

SCNatureKids (South Carolina Children and Nature Network.  Blog.  To inspire children's attitude and passion towards nature and to foster their ability to access and reconnect to the outdoors.

No Child Left Inside (South Dakota).  State initiative.  The purpose of Game, Fish & Parks' No Child Left Inside program is to encourage kids - and adults, too! - to go outside and explore the natural world which surrounds them.  The page contains resources, activities, and contact information to help parents, teachers, group leaders, and others facilitate this exploration and discovery.

No Child Left Inside Coalition (Tennessee).  Private-public partnership.  Stakeholders from across Tennessee are organizing to "get the word out," connecting children with nature through existing programs, family nature clubs, community forums, and a public media campaign.

The Texas Children in Nature Community.  Blog.  Committed to working together to stop the trends of children being disconnected from nature and playing outdoors.  Provides opportunities for children to develop to thier full potential by reconnecting children and the wonders of playing in nature.

No Child Left Inside (Vermont).  State initiative.  Collaboration of statewide agencies and organizations to help reconnect children and others to the outdoors in natural environments through a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, education, physical, cultural and socio-environmental activities.

  National Movements

  State and Local Movements

The following lists are not intended to be exhaustive.  California State Parks is not responsible for content found on non-California State Parks sites.

National Movements

Children and Nature Network (C&NN). Non-profit organization chaired by Richard Louv, author of Last Child In the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. Offers access to a network of educators, researchers and other interested parties, the latest news and research on this topic, and tips for taking action.

National Wildlife Federation, Green Hour. Non-profit organization.  Provides information about program, recommends activities for children, and fosters communication among members through a blog, community corner and members space.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Children in Nature. Federal agency. Information for parents and teachers.  Activities for kids.  Fish and Wildlife News – Special Issue on Children and Nature, Summer/Fall 2007. 

Get Outdoors, It's Yours! Is a national campaign focused on getting America’s youth outside and engaging in nature. The goal of this interagency initiative is to encourage children and their families to spend more time participating in outdoor activities whether through educational programs, simple recreation, and stewardship activities.

Hooked on Nature.  Non-profit organization.  Provides information on the organization, activities children can do to connect with nature, a blog, and links to other movements and research.

No Child Left Inside Coalition.  Public-private partnership. Provides information on federal No Child Left Inside bill.  Offers action strategies to promote bill’s passage and has general information on environmental education.

Sharing Nature Foundation. Educational organization.  Provides information on programs for adult leaders, books and resources, Flow Learning™, and Sharing Nature Worldwide activities.

GetOutDoorsUSA!  Public-private partnership. Site provides access to on-line nature exploration and resources for parents to use when taking thier children outside.

Green Hearts: Institute for Nature in Childhood.  Non-profit organization.  Dedicated to restoring and strengthening the bonds between children and nature.  Features a wealth of ideas for families to aid in reconnecting with nature, including free, downloadable/printable "Parent's Guide to Nature Play: How to Give Your Children More Outdoor Play...and Why You Should."  

Nature Rocks (The Nature Conservancy).  National Campaign.  This site will help you find all sorts of nature activities, plus tools to help guide and plan your adventures.

The Natural Learning Initiative.  The mission is to help communities create stimulating places for play, learning, and environmental education - environments that recognize human dependence on the natural world.

Nature Explore Club.  A complete research-based program of fun, effective resources to help educators, families, and others working to connect children with nature from the Arbor Day Foundation.  Nature Explore Classrooms are being constructed at schools; nature centers; national forests, parks, and wildlife refuges; zoos; arboretums; and child care centers.

Where the Other You Lives: Our Forests & Parks.  A public service campaign sponsored by the USDA Forest Service that aims to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand.  This website offers a free downloadable / printable guide, The Book of Stuff to Do Outside.

Children & Nature Network's Nature Clubs for Families.  Blog.  This site offers information and to help parents, grandparents and caregivers reconnect children with nature.  This site offers a link to a free downloadable / printable guide full of information to help establish nature clubs of their own.

Be Out There.  National initiative.  The National Wildlife Federation's initiative to inspire families across America to open the door and get outside!  The Be Out There site offers helpful suffestions for families interested in becoming more connected with near-by nature.

The National Forum on Children and Nature.  Public-private partnership.  The 54-member Forum is dedicated to reconnecting kids with nature.  The Forum seeks to improve children's health and overall well -being, while encouraging them to rediscover America's landscape.

Kids Dig Dirt! Green Paper.  A compontent of the ACM Good to Grow! Initiative.  It serves as both a resource and a tool for Association of Children's Museums museum members.  The paper provides a collection of facts, guidelines and forward-thinking language that museums can draw on while developing their own outdoor spaces, proposals for funding or other materials.

International Movements

Nature Play: Simple and Fun Ideas for All. 
Publication.  This handy guide published by the Forestry Commission England will be of interests to all parties seeking specific 'how-to' ideas for designing settings that engage children in outdoor play.  Exploration ideas include, among many others, investigation of ponds, streams, and how to create a secret path.

Nature Action Collaborative for Children.  Organization.  The Nature Action Collaborative for Children website features a video on nature education plus links to global and national organizations working to connect children with nature.