Case Studies

    Blue Sky members lead and engage in strategic grantmaking to promote connections to nature and advance environmental literacy across the country. Case studies provide a deep look into innovative and effective collaborations between funders and the field, offering insights and guidance about how to develop and implement similar initiatives in other regions. 

    Space to Grow: Transforming Chicago Schoolyards for Students and Communities

    Space to Grow is an innovative public-private partnership to transform schoolyards in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods into vibrant green spaces for outdoor learning, active play, physical education and environmental literacy. Space to Grow is co-managed by two Chicago-based nonprofit organizations: Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), which works to ensure that all students have access to healthy school environments where they can learn and thrive, and Openlands, a regional conservation...

    National Park Foundation's Citizen Science 2.0: Featuring Parks as Places of STEM Learning

    As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service (NPS), the National Park Foundation (NPF) generates private support and builds strategic partnerships to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations. NPF protects our nation’s treasured places, connects people to nature, and engages the next generation of national park stewards. Citizen Science 2.0 (CS 2.0) is the centerpiece of a suite of new and enhanced NPF-NPS educational...

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Implementing Regional Environmental Literacy Policy

    The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is a federal-state partnership that oversees the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay—the largest estuary in the country. It includes partners from federal and state agencies, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions that come together to support goals and outcomes defined in a series of watershed agreements dating back to 1983. In 2014, the Governors of...