Blog posts tagged Conservation

    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

    How Philanthropy can Support Youth-grown Environmental Solutions

    With melting permafrost, intensifying storm seasons, and rising sea levels, our youngest generations are acutely aware of how climate change makes the future uncertain.

    15-year-old Greta Thunberg’s name rang across news outlets globally when she spoke out about climate change and staged massive protests. However, Greta’s not the only young person taking a stand. Young people everywhere – yes, in your communities, too – are recognizing the real and immediate challenges of climate change.

    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.

    Student Conservation Association Opens Doors to the Outdoors for Young Women

    As a longtime proponent of diversity, inclusivity, and equity in the conservation field, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) might not be expected to intentionally exclude a major demographic group from its programs. However, after five years of conducting female-only crews in the City of Chicago, SCA is ready to call this field experiment a success.

    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.

    “If we're not careful, environmentalists will carry nature in their briefcases and not in their hearts.”

    “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”

    ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder