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The CCCN team is pleased to announce the launch of three new tools to help city leaders and their partners support children’s equitable access to nature. Our Youth Leadership Development tool describes best practices in developing youth voice, connection to nature, and engagement in city planning processes. Our Nature Connection in Early Childhood Sites tool describes best practices in creating outdoor learning environments and supporting nature preschools to connect young children to nature in their daily life. Finally, our updated Research Digest on Equitable Access to Nature’s Benefits (below) describes current disparities in and barriers to nature access, the benefits of equitable access to nature, and promising practices to support equitable access.

Six CCCN cities are writing citywide plans for children’s equitable access to nature. Three cheers for their hard work and continued commitment to creating nature-rich experiences for children!
San Antonio’s CCCN team hard at work on its CCCN Implementation Plan.

Join us at the Children & Nature Network 2019 International Conference, May 16-18 in Oakland, CA!

TPL: The 50 best cities to #OptOutside

Safe Routes: Putting Safe Routes to Parks plans into action

Child in the City: How nature can help promote higher use of play environments

City Parks Alliance: Active Parks, Healthy Cities

NRPA: 2018 Out-of-School Time Report

8-80 Cities: Wintermission technical assistance & funding

Safe Routes: Safe Routes to Parks technical assistance & funding


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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