The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) is seeking an experienced professional to join a dynamic team to support its Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) initiative. This national initiative is a partnership with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) where the two partner organizations engage city leaders in planning and implementing equitable and abundant connection to nature for children. The Director of Cities and Nature will work closely with C&NN staff and YEF Institute partners to manage these aspects of the project and will be responsible for fueling a peer learning network among city government professionals and their community partners with the goal of helping them achieve more access and connection to nature for low-income children and families.
NAAEE has partnered with the Children and Nature Network, researchers at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to launch the Science of Nature-Based Learning Collaborative Research Network. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Network seeks to synthesize the existing research and conduct exploratory studies on what approaches to nature-based learning work, for whom, how, and under what circumstances. To begin this process, NAAEE worked with C&NN to distribute a survey among its networks to help us understand how environmental educators are connecting children to nature, and how new research in the field can support what you do. This is an executive summary of the survey and its results.