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In Louisville, the newest generation of environmental stewards is restoring local parks and their neighborhoods’ connection to nature, laying the foundation for equitable park investment. This summer, 12 youth employees of Louisville Metro Parks led programming for 130 children at three recreation centers and constructed a bicycle pump track at Shawnee Park. Read about the program on the blog.

Niall Murton, Camp & Outreach Director of the Twin Cities YMCA and a core member of the CCCN St. Paul team told local press: “We’re connecting kids to nearby nature to time outdoors in local parks to prove you don’t have to leave the city to enjoy nature.” In this spirit, the YMCA, City of St. Paul and the National Park Service partnered to sponsor 180 campers from “underserved communities” at the YMCA’s pop-up summer camps.

Image: Children enjoy outdoor programming at Phil Hardberger Park in San Antonio

 

Image: Young Leaders from CCCN cities Gary, IN and Grand Rapids, MI join their peers throughout the Midwest for a Fresh Tracks training in Indiana.

Seattle:  Doug Walker lecture with Richard Louv, October 24, 2018

 

Links to children & nature news and updates for city leaders:

Outside Magazine features CCCN cities' progress connecting children of color to nature

Portland, OR designates nature patches in parks

Bay area funds elementary schoolers to restore wetlands

Environmental Stewardship for Health: Investing in trails helps students go the extra mile to school

U. of Louisville: The impact of green space on cardiovascular health

The National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network were honored to co-host a #MoveEquity tweetchat hosted by the Safe Routes Partnership on 7/25. The tweetchat highlighted many useful resources prepared by our partners, including the Safe Routes to Parks Walk Audit Toolkit, ChangeLab Complete Parks Playbook, and Salud America case study on San Antonio school parks.

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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