Blog posts tagged Social Justice

    Rethink Outside

    Blue Sky Funders Forum is thrilled to announce Rethink Outsidea campaign to challenge and transform prevailing notions around time spent in nature and lift up the benefits of time spent outdoors as a basic human right. We aspire to create a future where everyone has positive experiences outdoors and shares the joy, health, growth, an

    The Outdoor Equity Fund Levels the Playing Field for New Mexico Youth

    As one of the nation’s poorest states, New Mexico underperforms in many areas that determine the wellbeing of the children who call the Land of Enchantment their home.

    In fact, the state usually ranks last when it comes to economic, educational, and health outcomes for children, according to an annual report called the Kids Count Data Book published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    The Story of Us: A Shared Narrative to Expand Our Movement

    Those of us who work in environmental education and the broader movement to connect children to nature are incredibly fortunate. Our work often takes us to some of the most beautiful places on the planet where we are inspired and nourished by nature. We regularly experience the benefits from time spent outdoors, including joy, health and wellness, lifelong learning, and a strong sense of community.

    Oakland Goes Outdoors: Expanding Youth Access to Nature

    Research has shown that youth who spend more time outdoors exhibit improved attentiveness, reduced school absenteeism, higher scores on standardized tests and better overall academic performance. Exposure to nature also fosters motor development, self-esteem, self-confidence, a sense of identity, and psychological resilience.

    Get Out! 7 People Doing Surprising Work in the Outdoors

    If you love the outdoors, you know what it’s like to get home from an excursion you just can’t shut up about. Maybe you’re itching to spread the word about the hike you just went on, or the wildlife photo you managed to grab, or that sweet fishing spot no one knows about (even if you refuse to share the exact location). Whatever it is, you want to shout about it from the mountaintops. Maybe you literally have!

    Growing the Nature Connection Capacity of Nonprofit Partners

    In May of 2016, Dr. Danette Glassy attended the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) International Conference in St. Paul, MN. As a pediatrician, she knew that time spent in nature was good for children’s health–and good for their parents, too. But she wasn’t sure how to incorporate it into her practice. At the C&NN conference, she was able to connect with other physicians, public health professionals, researchers and funders who helped her refine her ideas. She left St.

    All Kids Need Nature Play

    At Free Forest School, we believe all children need access to nature from an early age for healthy physical and emotional development. By making nature play a regular part of childhood, we nurture children’s love of nature and create the next generation of environmental stewards.

    Reimagining Conservation: The Next 100 Years

    In March 2016, 35 grassroots organizations came together in a first-of-its-kind discussion among civil rights, environmental justice, health equity, and grassroots conservation organizations pursuing a shared vision of a more diverse and inclusive culture in managing and preserving our nation’s public lands and waters. Two years later, the Next 100 Coalition continues to lead a movement bringing that vision to reality.