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Representatives of all 18 cities in the CCCN initiative gathered for the first time in Chicago on October 3-4 for the annual CCCN Cross-Site Meeting, an opportunity for inspiration, capacity development, and peer learning for participating cities. City teams developed and shared their strategies to enhance children's equitable access to nature, including green schoolyards, early childhood nature play, youth leadership development, park activation, and urban agriculture.

CCCN city teams visit the Green Schoolyard at Wadsworth STEM on the Chicago’s South Side to learn about its inclusive, youth-driven design and innovative public-private partnership. Many CCCN cities are exploring green schoolyards as a strategy to advance equity in access to nature.

Mayor Pugh, Baltimore; Mayor Freeman-Wilson, Gary; Mayor Krewson, St. Louis; and former mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul shared their cities’ visions for connecting children to nature at the first ever Children & Nature Mayors’ Institute on October 4-5 in Chicago.

In this month's NRPA magazine, our own Priya Cook describes how the pilot cohort of CCCN cities are addressing racial disparities in access to nature.


Call for Proposals: Children & Nature Network 2019 International Conference in Oakland, CA

Webinar: Children & Nature Network: Designing Green Schoolyards with & for the School Community, October 15, 2018, 1 PM ET

Webinar: Children & Nature Network: Development of Diverse Young Leaders, October 17. 2018, 12 PM ET

The Nature of Cities: Youth engagement in practice in Bogota

Next City: Much to do about vacant lots

Toronto: Schools putting real "play" back in playgrounds

Washington Post: University campus gardens root themselves in the larger world

Children in Green Urban Spaces ‘Perform Better Academically’

Cultivating positive youth development in urban environmental education

Exposure to greenspace early in life could result in beneficial structural changes in the brain

School-based kitchen garden programs address obesity in low-income, African American communities

AARP: Parks and public spaces for people of all ages

10 Minute Walk Planning Grant and Technical Assistance

Kaboom: Playground Grants

USDA: Farm to School grant program

The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) initiative helps city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from urban parks and community gardens to the great outdoors. Check out our online resource hub, and join the conversation on  twitter with #citykids2nature!

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