Blue Sky hosts a variety of events throughout the year where members and funder partners are invited to learn, network, and collaborate. Blue Sky events are open to funders, Blue Sky advisors, and invited speakers. 

    November 21, 2019
    Video Conference

    Blue Sky is excited to offer bi-monthly "Coffee Chats" for members. These 45-minute member-driven chats will provide a loosely-structured space to build and strengthen relationships and identify collaborative opportunities for the network. Members are invited to join these conversations to share learnings, seek feedback from peers, and provide input on Blue Sky's programs.

    Blue Sky Member Coffee Chats
    Thursday, May 23, 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern
    Thursday, July 25, 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern
    Thursday, September 26, 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern

    October 8, 2019
    Philadelphia, PA

    Learning Together, Leveraging Collaboration, Launching Ahead.

    Blue Sky celebrated its 5th anniversary in Philadelphia on October 8 - 9, 2019. We unveiled Rethink Outside, a shared narrative for the field—the culmination of a multi-year, collaborative initiative between funders, practitioners, and researchers—and welcome your ideas for greater collaboration and impact in Blue Sky's next chapter. On October 8, participants enjoyed an afternoon of place-based learning, and then raised a glass to Blue Sky's accomplishments over five years. On October 9, Blue Sky convened for a day of learning and planning together. This event was planned in partnership with the William Penn Foundation.

    August 28, 2019

    Nature-based learning, or learning through exposure to nature and nature-based activities, encompasses a range of activities, learning environments, and outcomes. Nature-based learning can lead to the acquisition of a wide range of skills, knowledge, values, attitudes, and behaviors, contributing to positive outcomes for conservation, education, health, social justice, and youth development. As compelling evidence on the benefits of nature-based learning continues to grow, a coordinated effort has emerged to identify a research strategy for advancing this work.