Blog posts tagged Youth Development

    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.

    Developing Changemakers through Environmental Education

    “Before I had the opportunity to travel to Olympic National Park, I had begun to feel discouraged about the impact I really could make in the world. Through NatureBridge, and in particular because of my educators, I gained the confidence to speak up about what I wanted to do with my life. By gaining a stronger relationship with nature and discovering a deeper part of myself, I now see the influence of my actions and the amount of power that I have in creating change.”

    Join the Chorus: Uniting Voices for People and Nature

    If you’ve ever heard voices join in four-part harmony, you know that the beautiful, full sound produced is something special. A chorus of high and low voices joining together moves us to stop and listen, producing a sound more powerful than a solo voice, and richer than many voices singing in unison.

    Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science

    When do experiences with science lead young people to create change in their lives, landscapes, and communities? Consider this reflection from Rachel Anne Arias, a 12-year-old living in La Crescenta in Southern California:

    How Big City Mountaineers Works with Corporate Partners to Get Kids Outside

    Big City Mountaineers’ (BCM) weeklong wilderness expeditions and camps offer under-resourced teens opportunities to build critical life skills through the framework of the hands-on, in-person setting of the Great Outdoors. Trips are made up of a one-to-one ratio of teens to adults, so kids build relationships with adult mentors.

    Deepening Commitments: Working Toward Equity and Inclusion When Connecting Youth To The Outdoors

    As a trainer, facilitator and program officer at Youth Outside, I have the honor of building relationships with countless nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to accomplish their missions. Regularly, these organizations identify their desire to be more culturally relevant and regularly, people feel at a loss for how to take actionable steps for making cultural relevancy a reality in their organization.

    Bringing America Together to Forge Fresh Tracks

    What could possibly connect a timid young woman from Compton, California and an Arctic Youth Ambassador from the disappearing village of Shishmaref, Alaska?