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Chicago’s Space to Grow program will create 34 green schoolyards serving 15,000 public school students and their families. Green schoolyards are demonstrated to improve educational attainment, social cooperation, and emotional resilience among school-age children. The innovative partnership among five public agencies designs green schoolyards to capture and manage stormwater, leveraging funding from local and regional water authorities. Read more on the NLC CitiesSpeak blog here.
Photo courtesy of Space to Grow.

Grand Rapids, MI will create four new green schoolyards serving approximately 1,300 elementary and pre-K students. The green schoolyards bring nature to neighborhoods that have traditionally lacked parks. This investment is made possible by a $703,000 grant from the Wege Foundation and a $550,000 match from the City of Grand Rapids, as well as the collaboration of the local school district. These investments will advance the Grand Rapids Cities Connecting Children to Nature strategy completed in 2016, which prioritizes investment in green schoolyards citywide.

 

Parks and Recreation Month, July 2018
 

C&NN Making the Case for Green Schoolyards Webinar, July 19, 2018
 

Urban Food Systems Symposium, August 8-11, 2018
 

Child in the City Conference, September 24-26, 2018

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

Louisville, KY: Rich with places for children to enjoy nature

The Nature of Cities: The Diverse Voices of Future Urban Environmental Educators

OAK: Victory for "Every Kid in a Park"


Partners for Places General Grants Program

Captain Planet Foundation: EcoTech Grants

Safe Routes Partnership: Engaging students with disabilities in Safe Routes

St. Louis, MO: The Nature Pyramid

TPL: ParkScore 2018 city rankings released

Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) provides city leaders with technical assistance, training and peer learning opportunities to increase equitable access to nature so that children, families and communities can thrive.
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