Community Building Resource List
This July at the annual Nature Explore/Outdoor Classroom Project Leadership Institute, a dynamic group of early childhood and nature enthusiast gathered in Nebraska City to share expertise and solidify our intentions to more fully connect ourselves and our children to the natural world.
One third of the participants were Certified Nature Explore Classrooms from across the nation, and it occurred to me that many of them have been successful because they have found innovative ways to connect with others in their local community and beyond.
In small groups, we shared strategies and compiled a list of resources to use as a guide as we build community around and within our Nature Explore Classrooms. Please use this list as a starting point and add other resources in the comment section below.
Alliance for Childhood
Alliance for Community Trees
Children and Nature Network
Keep America Beautiful
Meet Your Local Forester
Monarch Joint Venture
Natural Start Alliance
“Nature Explore and You” PowerPoint
Nature Explore Families’ Club Kit
Nature Explore Community Blog
Project Learning Tree
State and local conservation districts
State Cooperative Extension Service
Tree City USA
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Connect
World Forum Fondation Environmental Action Kit
Other resources to keep in mind:
- County Conservation Boards
- Rural Community Coalitions
- Local nurseries or building supply companies
- Statewide Arboreta
Build community today and plan for next summer. Save the date for next year’s Institute July 22-25, 2018.