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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 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. http://www.greenhour.org/content/activity

Sharing Nature Foundation. Educational organization.  Provides information on programs for adult leaders, books and resources, Flow Learning™, and Sharing Nature Worldwide activities.  http://www.sharingnature.com/NatureActivities.html

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. http://www.fws.gov/children/

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. http://www.hookedonnature.org/connectingnature.html

Children Nature and You  Non-profit organization. This site was "designed to offer you the knowledge, tools, motivation and pasion that will enable you to give the children you influence the awe and wonder that only the natural world can inspire." Site offers free materials, resouces and curricula to help you connect children to nature. www.childrennatureandyou.org 
 
Kidsgardening.org, helping young minds grow.  Non-profit organization.Offers resources for teachers and parents, including information on grants.  Site provides link to affiliated store.  www.kidsgardening.com

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.  http://www.childrensnatureinstitute.org

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.  http://www.kidsoutside.info/do.htm

The Web Ranger Challenge. Federal agency.  Online interactive game that allows children to virtually discover the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. www.nps.gov/archive/indu/education/wrc/game.htm

D.C. Schoolyard Greening. Non-profit organization.  Provides tips for developing green schoolyards, activities to get students outdoors, curriculum resources and identifies resources for funding, training, and assistance. http://www.dcschoolyardgreening.org/gettingstarted/overview.html

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. http://www.nochildleftinside.org/activities/