Natural Service Network

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The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) launched the Natural Service Network (NSN) in the Fall of 2010 to bring together individuals, organizations and agencies to inspire, cultivate and nourish a life-long commitment to nature-based play, recreation and the environment -- from neighborhood green spaces to community parks, national parks and other public lands. C&NN and the NSN are proud to enthusiastically support, promote and participate in National Public Lands Day. 

The NSN is a call for fun! Think of it as a party invitation, and the party location is all the green and living space around us. Community gardening, river clean-ups, trail maintenance, habitat restoration and people getting other people outside -- however and wherever you get outside to serve in nature, the NSN wants to hear about it and let others know what you are doing!  Visit C&NN Connect to download the NSN Tool Kit and find out more.

Youth volunteers learning from mentor.The C&NN Natural Leaders, 15 to 29-year olds with a mission to identify and support next generation leaders, encourage intergenerational service projects that benefit the natural world. Many C&NN family nature clubs and grassroots initiatives host service events. Now, through the Natural Service Network, these individuals, organizations and agencies, and many others, can join together to bring new life and vitality to the natural spaces around us.

The NSN offers ideas and resources to help people create successful projects and connect people across the country with existing projects. It provides a focus and point of connection for many of the wonderful service projects that are already occurring year-round.

C&NN leaders and partners hosted 149 service events involving an estimated 8,000 adults and 36,000 children during April 2011, under the banner of Let’s G.O.! (Get Outside).

September has been designated by C&NN as Natural Service Month, and they are rallying leaders and partners to participate in National Public Lands Day.