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Leading a Movement to Connect all Children, their Families and Communities to Nature

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The NSN provides ideas and resources to help people create successful projects and connect people and projects year round with a special campaign in the Fall Serve Outside September S.O.S. This is not just a call to action, it is a call for fun! Think of it as a party invitation, and the party location is all the green and living space around us. Â


The Natural Service Network brings together individuals, families, businesses, schools, agencies and organizations who participate in outdoor service projects.

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The goal is to create a community of shared commitment to service and to inspire, cultivate and nourish a life�long commitment to nature�based play and recreation while taking action to benefit the environment—from neighborhoods to community parks to national parks and other public lands.


The more high‐tech our world becomes, the more we need nature in our lives. Young, old, or in between, we can reap extraordinary benefits by connecting – or reconnecting – to nature. Natural Service is a valuable way to weave nature into our everyday lives. It can support our health and act as a bonding agent for families and communities.

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– Richard Louv, Founding Chairman, Children & Nature Network and author, "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" and "The Nature Principle"

Natural Service Network Partners & Sponsors


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Garlic Mustard Pull Grass Lake Sanctuary Ann Arbor/Dexter, Michigan Submitted by Lana Jerome  

REI and  Grass  Lake  Sanctuary   volunteers  teamed  up  to  tame  the   invasive  garlic  mustard  and  have   some  fun  in  the  tree  house.  

Photo © Tamara Wendt


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Bellemeade Stream Clean-Up REI, Richmond, VA Submitted by Wade Bedell REI rallied  volunteers    for    a  stream  clean-­‐up  outside  the     Bellemeade  Community  Center.  


+ Neighborhood Clean-Up Roanoke, VA Submitted by Chip and Ashley Donahue

StarDng simply  was  the  key  for   us.    Just  carrying  a  plasDc  bag  and   some  gloves  with  you  when  you  hike   as  a  family  can  lead  to  wonderful   results,  such  as  giving  other  families   the  chance  to  see  nature  naturally.    

Photo © Jon Beard


+ Let’s G.O.! Roanoke Valley Park Clean Up Roanoke, VA StarDng simple  paid  off  –  now  when   the  Donahues  plan  a  family  day  of   service  they  have  lots  of  company.     According  to  the  Donahues,   It   doesn't  get  any  beNer  than   community  members  making  a   difference,  many  hands  making  light   work,  bright  smiling  faces,  incredible   coffee  and  snacks,  families  filling   bright  orange  bags  with  trail  trash… and  SANTA  CLAUS!     Photo © Jon Beard


+ Let s G.O! Clean Up Men of Model and BOLT Team Albany, New York Submitted by Natural Leader, Tyrell Hughes Soon to  be  home  of  a  community   raised  bed  garden  with  help  from   our  friends  at  The  North  Face  and   Outdoor  NaDon.  Truly  healing  day...  I   am  thankful  that  we  here  in  Albany   were  able  to  to  parDcipate  in  our   naDonal  iniDaDve...    TRULY   THANKFUL  …Tyrell  Hughes   Photo © Bro Yusuf BOLT Team and MODEL


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Outside Connections Club Pennichuck Middle School Nashua, New Hampshire Submitted by Marianne O Connor

Photos © Marianne O Connor

This Natural  teacher  started  an  aZer  school  adventure  club  for  students,  partnered  with  NH  Project   Learning  Tree  and  gave  students  an  unforgeNable  service  learning  experience.  Students  learned  to   snowshoe  and  use  GPS  to  map  trails  for  the  city  of  Nashua.  What  students  had  to  say:   The  snow  was   really  deep,  we  got  along  because  we  paid  aNenDon  and  put  aside  our  differences. We  made  a  trail  for   other  people  and  I  felt  good  about  helping  other  people.  


+ Bat and Bee House Build Izaak Walton Boy Scout Conservation Project Spotsylvania, VA Submitted by John Wiltenmuth

 

Photos © John Wiltenmuth


Photos © Ariana Delmerico

+ Questa Spring Clean Day

Taos County, New Mexico Submitted by Natural Leader, Rosie Williams

Volunteers cleaned  and  restored  the  Questa  Park  Community  Park  and   built  a  trail  connecDng  the  Community  Center  with  the  park.        


+ Beacon Bluff Planting Great Rivers Greening St. Paul, Minnesota Submitted by Deborah Karasov

 

Volunteers transformed  the  new   Beacon  Bluff  Business  Center  with   naDve  plants  to  support  the  Port   Authority's  work,  which  was   highlighted  by  the  Environmental   ProtecDon  Agency  as  a  naDonal  case   study  and  won  the  2011  Sustainable   CommuniDes  Award  from  the   Minnesota  Environmental  IniDaDve.     Photo © Great River Greening


+ The Pine Mountain Trail Association Work Day Pine Mountain, Georgia Submitted by Jim Hall

Volunteers are working hard to rebuild trails damaged by tornados in April 2011. Thanks to these dedicated volunteers, the trails will be ready for the North Face Challenge run in October 2011.


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Service Learning Day Nature's Friends Victoria, Virginia Submitted by Rev. Marjani Dele  

Lunenberg 4-­‐H  team  leaders,  master   gardeners,  foresters  and  members         of  the  Southside  VA  Herb  Society   created  a  day  of  service,  learning         and  fun  for  girls  and  boys  across  the   county.         Photos © Bambi Beahn  


Earth Day Clean Up + Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Galloway, New Jersey Submitted by Sandy Perchetti, USFWS Boy and  girl  scouts,  high  school  students  and  home  schoolers  came  together  for   the  Earth  Day  Cleanup  and  enjoyed  Dme  playing  outside.  Everyone  received  a  free   lunch  and  tree  to  plant.    


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Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Library District Ladybug Release party Elgin, Illinois Submitted by Anne Bedard and Margaret Peebles The Library  and  the  Elgin  Community  Garden  Network  hosted  three  ladybug  release  parDes   at  the  Rabow  Branch.  Families  were  invited  to  learn  more  about  these  insects  and  learn   how  ladybugs  can  improve  a  garden.                      


+ Lipscomb Elementary School Real School Gardens Dallas, Texas Submitted by Scott Feille    

School garden  construcDon  inspires   community  spirit  as    parents,   teachers,  and  community  members   work  alongside  each  other  to  install   their  outdoor  classroom.     •    Photo © Scott Feille


+ Back to School Family Event, Camp Bayou Ruskin, Florida Submitted by Dolly Cummings

Families play,  serve,  learn  and   celebrate  at  Camp  Bayou.   A  donated  Bucs  backpack  brought  a   big  smile  to  this  lucky  winner.       Photo  ©  Dolly  Cummings  


+ Cleaning up Mine Drainage Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Newport Township, Luzerne County, PA Robert Hughes demonstrates how cattail plants assist in naturally treating abandoned mine drainage.

Photo Š Miguel de la Cueva/iLCP (International League of Conservation Photographers)

Submitted by Robert E. Hughes


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Photo © Carmen Field

Let's G.O.! Spring Family Coast Walk Nature Rocks Homer, South Central Alaska Submitted by Carmen Field Our youngest  Coast  Walker  was  a  3-­‐year-­‐old  who  found  all   sorts  of  Dny  pieces  of  styrofoam  and  plasDc  that  adult  eyes   would've  missed.  We  documented  every  piece  of  trash  found   and  removed  over  110  pounds  of  marine  debris.    


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Natural Leaders,  Mine   Falls  Park  CommiNee   members,  Girl  Scouts,   and  community   members  worked   together  to  cleanup   Mine  Falls  Park.    

Let s G.O.! Nashua Clean Up Mines Falls Park Nashua, New Hampshire Submitted by Natural Leader Rebecca Martin

Photo © Roger Blanchette


+ Nature Explorer Family Night Head Start/Early Childhood Merrill, Wisconsin Submitted by Joan Krohn

Our goal  is  to  encourage  the  families   of  our  low  income  and  special  needs   three,  four  and  five  year  olds  to  get   out  into  the  natural  areas  and  enjoy   nature    together  as  a  family.   In  this  photo  three  generaDons   explore  together!     Photo © Laurie Jacoby


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Schoolyard Planting Portland Elementary Louisville, Kentucky Submitted by Brenda Stokes Students work  together  to  prep   raised  garden  beds  for  their  theme   garden  project.      

Photos ©  Brenda  Stokes  


+ Aldama Elementary School Beautification Los Angeles, CA Submitted by Natural Leaders, Lizbeth Williams and Andrew Anderson Natural Leaders  partnered  with   Playworks  and  Americrops  in  a   collaboraDve  effort  of  painDng,   planDng  and  a  good  Dme  outdoors.     Children  played,  smiled  and   parDcipated  in  giving  their  campus  a   much  needed  fresh  look.     Photo © Amir Nia


Thanks to thousands of amazing volunteers, empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released.

Thanks to these amazing people and organizations empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released. The world is a little bit brighter. Â

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C.J. Ross, Leave No Trace Master Educator, Camp Tolochee, Brunswick, Georgia Jennifer McCoy, River Rendezvous, Rottenwood Creek Watershed, Marietta, Georgia Jean-Jacques Credi, Chattahoochee Nature Center Earth Day Kids' Fest, Roswell, Georgia Joan Krohn, Nature Explorers Family Night, Council Grounds State Park, Merrill, Wisconsin Susie Hobart, Lake View School Green Team, Madison's Northside, Madison, Wisconsin Anne Bedard, Ladybug Release Party, Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Library District, Elgin, IL Â


Chris Kuntz, Goodman-Armstrong Creek BioBlitz, Goodman-Armstrong Creek School Forest, Goodman, Wisconsin

Thanks to these amazing people and organizations empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released. The world is a little bit brighter.

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Taiji Nelson, Panther Hollow Extravaganza, Schenley Park, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Melody Wilkes, A Walk in the Woods - EcoWild Exploration Stations, Waxhaw, Charlotte, and Concord, North Carolina Samantha Hartzell, Beacon Bluff Planting Event, St. Paul, Minnesota Brenda Stokes, Schoolyard Planting, Portland Elementary Environmental Studies, Louisville , Kentucky Erica Quigley, Schoolyard Work Day, John D. Philbrick Elementary School, Roslindale, Massachusetts Keith Hall, National Kids to Parks Day, Eastwood Park, El Paso, Texas  


Anne Conway, SOEC, Marion Street School planted vegetables and fruit during Health and Wellness Week, Lynbrook, New York Dolly Cummings, Family Naturalist Hour, Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center, Ruskin, Florida

Thanks to these amazing people and organizations empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released. The world is a little bit brighter. Â

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Laura Getz, Summer Gardening Club, Friday morning garden maintenance, Indianapolis, Indiana Cristina Watson, Lost Creek Tree Planting, Elijah Bristow State Park, Dexter, Oregon Lorana Jinkerson, National Trails Day, Elliott Donnelley Wilderness, Marquette, Michigan Rev Dele, Nature's Friends Day, Nature's Friends Exhibition Site, Victoria, Virginia Angela Spry, Colts Pride Campus Clean up, Cape Fear High School, Fayetteville, North Carolina


Paula Frakes, Monarch Butterfly Project, Ridge Pointe Senior Apartments, Minnetonka, Minnesota Jill Bluhm, Grow Native Plant Sale, Highlands Center for Natural History, Prescott, Arizona

Thanks to these amazing people and organizations empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released. The world is a little bit brighter.

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Rosie Williams, Taos Rivers and Lands Day Clean Up and Trail Restoration, Taos County, New Mexico George Hawkins, Palmetto Multi-Sensory Trail, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Houston, Texas Michele del Castillo, Forest School of Minnesota, Linden Hills, Minneapolis, Minnesota Adrienne Bottoms, Courtyard Garden designed for therapy and relaxation, Lexington Place Healthcare, Houston, Texas Suzanne Holland, Nature Playce, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, Virginia  


Uri Israel, Family Garden Time at home, Arlington, Washington Laura Childers, Trail Blazing Bonanza, Homer Ranch Preserve, Visalia, California

Thanks to these amazing people and organizations empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released. The world is a little bit brighter. Â

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Crystal De Soto, Florida Canyon Youth Service Project, Balboa Park, Florida Canyon, San Diego, California Robert Hughes, Macro-Mayhem in Mine Drainage Impacted Streams, Wilkes-Barre's Solomon Creek and Plains Township's Mill Creek, Wilkes-Barre, and Plains Township, Pennsylvania Janet Shriner, Jr. Ranger Camp Out, Joseph D. Grant County Park, San Jose, California Sue Ellen Lyons, Wetlands Tree & Aquatic Grass Plantings, Big Branch Marsh; Islenos Nature Center; LA Nature Center, New Orleans, Louisiana


Jane-Ann Carroll, Community Garden Project, SDSU Children's Center, San Diego, California Dawn Mak, OLE, Project Enlightenment, Raleigh, North Carolina

Thanks to these amazing people and organizations empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released. The world is a little bit brighter. Â

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Marianne OConnor, "Outside Connections Clubmap making session", Roby Park, Nashua, New Hampshire Gail Randolph, Elk River Cleanup , Elk River in Lincoln County, Fayetteville, Tennessee Nicole Little, Cub Pack 30 Trash Pick Up, 11 Mile Canyon, Lake George, Colorado Dave Sandersfeld, Portland's Oregon Nature Examiner, Dayville, Oregon Cindy Murdough, Native Plant Planting Event, Conrad Weiser Middle School, Robesonia, Pennsylvania


Marguerite Dorgan, Friends of Black Hill Programs Native Plant Sale, Ridge Rd, Boyds, Maryland Leandra Darden, Yreka Creek Clean-up, Yreka, California

Thanks to these amazing people and organizations empty lots became native gardens; trails were mapped, created and improved; plants were inventoried; watersheds were cleaned; and ladybugs and butterflies were raised and released. The world is a little bit brighter. Â

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Ernie McLaney, Creek ReLeaf, Various locations around Charlotte, North Carolina John Wiltenmuth, Izaak Walton - Boy Scouts Conservation Projects, Spotsylvania, Virginia Virginia Tardaewether, Natural Resource Restoration and Research Crews, Beaver Creek Natural Area, Newport, Oregon Nataly Marchuk, Replaced lawn with a native plants garden, at home San Jose, California Amanda Speer, Bat Box Build, Lake Oroville, California Tara Von Dollen, Savanna Prairie Planting in backyard, Madison, Wisconsin


I believe that it is through nature that we find we are most connected to each other and our communities. The power of nature as a facilitator for empowerment cannot be underestimated. It is out there where trees don t care what race you are but still they share their shade, the river will not check your FICO score before quenching your thirst. Every day is filled with a chance to make a difference. We invite you to join us in the simple act of rolling up sleeves and digging within our hearts to build the new nature movement.

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Juan Martinez, Natural Leaders Network


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OrganizaDons and  agencies  that  would  like  to   parDcipate  in  the  Natural  Service  Network,  please   contact  C&NN  at  serve@childrenandnature.org.  

How to  parDcipate   Natural Service comes in all shapes and sizes: community gardening, river clean-ups, trail maintenance, habitat restoration, people getting other people outside—however and wherever you get outside to serve in nature, we want to hear about it! Share your plans, photos and stories on C&NN Connect.  

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