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Natural Service Network ToolKit: Pilot 2011

Natural Service Network ToolKit: Pilot 2011

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© Children & Nature Network Natural Service Network
PILOT EDITION Tool Kit June 2011
 
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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.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.Theoutdoorworldcanexpandoursensesandreigniteasenseofaweandwonder.Naturecanhelpusfeelfullyalive.Thetwenty-firstcenturywillbethecenturyofhumanrestorationinthenaturalworld.
 –RichardLouv,“TheNaturePrinciple”
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ENGAGESERVEINSPIRE
 
 
© Children & Nature Network Natural Service Network
PILOT EDITION Tool Kit June 2011
 
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NaturalServiceNetworkToolKit2011 –PilotEdition
TheChildren&NatureNetwork(C&NN)NaturalServiceNetworkbringstogetherindividuals,organizationsandagenciestoinspire,cultivateandnourishalife-longcommitmenttonature-basedplayandrecreationandtotakeactiontobenefittheenvironment—fromneighborhoodstocommunityparkstonationalparksandotherpubliclands.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.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!TheChildren&NatureNetworkcreatedtheNaturalServiceNetwork(NSN)to:
 
cultivateamongpeopleofallages,especiallychildrenandyouth,alife-longcommitmenttothehealthoftheenvironmentitself
 
physicallyenhance,maintain,and/orrestorenaturalareas
 
provideideasandresourcestohelppeoplecreatesuccessfulprojects
 
connectpeopleandprojectsTheC&NNNaturalLeadershavealwaysencouraged,promotedandparticipatedinserviceprojectsthatbenefitthenaturalworld.ManyC&NNFamilyNatureClubsandgrassrootsinitiativeshavehostedserviceevents.Now,throughtheNSN,wecanjointogethertobringnewlifeandvitalitytothenaturalspacesaroundusandrestoreourselvesintheprocess.“Ibelievethatitisthroughnaturethatwefindwearemostconnectedtoeachotherandourcommunities.NaturalServiceprovidestheopportunityforpeopletoconnecttotheirownrootsandtoeachother,tocreateonefamily.Thepowerofnatureasafacilitatorforchangecannotbeunderestimated.The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oursleevesanddiggingwithinourheartstobuildthenewnaturemovement.”JuanMartinez,NaturalLeadersNetwork
We’dlovetohearfromyou.Tellusaboutyourserviceprojectsandwhatinspiresyoutoserve.ShareyourphotosandstoriesonC&NNConnect.
JointheNaturalServiceNetworkat:http://childrenandnature.ning.com/group/naturalservicenetwork
OrganizationsandagenciesthatwouldliketoparticipateintheNaturalServiceNetwork,pleasecontactC&NNatserve@childrenandnature.org.
 
ENGAGESERVEINSPIRE
 
 
© Children & Nature Network Natural Service Network
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NaturalServiceIdeas
NATURALSERVICEIDEAS
 
Plantnativetrees,wildflowersorastreambuffer
 
Helpwithinvasiveplantremovalortrailclearing
 
Organizeabeach,riverorstreamcleanup
 
Volunteerwithacitypark,statepark,orcityforest
 
Hostarecyclingeventorhelpatacommunityorschoolgarden
 
Createabutterflygardenorwildlifehabitatinyourbackyardorneighborhood
 
Buildbatboxesorbirdhousesandfeeders
 
VisitC&NN’swww.childrenandnature.org/naturestoryforawidevariety ofthingstodowhenplayingoutdoorsinnature
 
StartaFamilyNatureClubtoplayandservewithyourfriendsandneighbors–www.childrenandnature.org/movement/naturalfamilies
Toseewhatothershavedone,visit:
 
LOOKINGFORPARTNERS?Checkouttheseorganizationsandagencies.
 
SierraClubwww.sierraclub.org/youth
 
U.S.Fish&WildlifeServicehttp://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside/
 
REIStores–askfortheoutreachspecialistwww.rei.com
 
TheNorthFacewww.planetexplore.com
 
NationalPublicLandsDaywww.publiclandsday.org
 
ArborDayFoundationwww.natureexplore.org
 
TrustforPublicLandwww.tpl.org
 
NationalWildlifeFederationwww.nwf.org
 
NationalAudubonSocietywww.
 
AmericanRiverswww.amrivers.org
 
KeepAmericaBeautifulwww.kab.org
 
StateAgencies–FishandWildlife,Parks,Recreation
FindothersontheC&NNwebsite.
C&NNGrassrootsCampaigns–ontheC&NNmovementmaphttp://www.childrenandnature.org/movement/index/C51/C&NNNatureClubsforFamilies–ontheC&NNmovementmaphttp://www.childrenandnature.org/movement/index/C11/
 
ENGAGESERVEINSPIRE

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