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. 

    Student Conservation Association: Building Capacity for Character and Conservation Outcomes

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

    Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza Lafayette: Nature Experiences at Community Scale

    Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza Lafayette (NKJN) is a 5-year, $10-million, 27-organization collective impact project led by Thorne Nature Experience. The mission of the project is to change the lives of underserved Lafayette youth through connection to nature and the outdoors, and simultaneously change the field of environmental education (EE).

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    Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Systemic Solutions to Advance Environmental Literacy

    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to restoring the Chesapeake Bay. CBF's motto, “Save the Bay,” defines the organization’s commitment to reducing pollution, improving fisheries, and restoring the natural environment in order to achieve a healthy and vibrant Chesapeake Bay. Since its founding in 1967, environmental education has been a...