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. 

    Kids in Parks

    The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program engages kids and families in outdoor recreation to foster lifelong wellness and meaningful connections to public lands.

    Kids in Parks accomplishes this by working with partners throughout the United States to create a network of self-guided TRACK Trails that convert ordinary hikes into fun-filled, discovery-packed adventures. These early-childhood experiences support the health of children and parks and public...

    The Student Conservation Association’s GulfCorps: Habitat Restoration & Job Creation for a Stronger Gulf Region

    The Student Conservation Association (SCA)’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.

    SCA’s GulfCorps mission is to restore the long-term health of the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem and economy. GulfCorps will achieve this objective by employing young adults who reside in communities directly affected by the 2010 Deepwater...

    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...