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NCFF Toolkit

NCFF Toolkit

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NATURE CLUBS FOR FAMILIES:
Do It Yourself! Do It Now!© Children & Nature Network | www.childrenandnature.org
 
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TOOLKIT
Do it yourself! Do it now!
PILOT EDITION
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NATURE CLUBS FOR FAMILIES:
Do It Yourself! Do It Now!© Children & Nature Network | www.childrenandnature.org
Natre Cls or Families is a great wa to get starte, getinvolve, an get the enets o time in natre. Natre is allaron s. It aons in rral settings an wilerness, tit’s even availale where we ma least expect to n it—rom ackars, cit neighorhoos, an rootop garensto sran parks an walking trails.An the goo news is that there are lots o was to connectwith natre—an to create liestles in which reqent expe-rience in the natral worl is a namental part o chilren’slives. The Chilren & Natre Network (C&NN) has rawnon the est availale research, common sense, an parents’irect experiences to evelop this
C&NN Nature Clubs or Families Tool Kit: Do It Yoursel! Do It Now! 
We hope itinspires o to get or own amil an riens otoorsor man happ, health aventres together.
“What i parents, granparents, an kis aron the contr were to an togetherto create natre cls or amilies? What i this new orm o social/natre networkingwere to sprea as qickl as ook cls an Neighorhoo Watches i in recentecaes? We wol e well on or wa to tre cltral change.”
— Richar Lov, athor o
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children rom Nature-Defcit Disorder 
, anChairman, Chilren & Natre Network
Families are iscovering that having n otoors oesn’treqire waiting or a special event or program. Instea, theare taking the initiative an creating their own local natrecls or amilies. These cls go  ierent names antake slightl ierent orms, t the all oer accessile, eas,low- (or no-) cost n, amil-oriente activities otoors.Wh get amilies otoors? Qite simpl, natre is goo ors. Evience shows that it is important, health an n orchilren to have reqent an varie opportnities or plaotoors—an especiall otoors with natral vegetation—as a part o their evera lives.(C&NN’s annotateiliographies.)When the o, the are happier, healthieran smarter. The are more sel-iscipline an ocse.The are more sel-conent, creative an cooperative. Theare etter prolem-solvers, more optimistic an more phsi-call t. Famil ties are strengthene, a sense o commnitis norishe, an a sense o place is cltivate. All in all,natre is goo or chilren an their riens an amil, too!
INTROdUCTION
PHOTO: jON bEARd
 
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NATURE CLUBS FOR FAMILIES:
Do It Yourself! Do It Now!© Children & Nature Network | www.childrenandnature.org
A few key benefits
Natre Cls or Families can e create in an neighor-
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hoo — whether inner cit, sran, or rral — an inan economic setting.Natre Cls or Families can e oine or create  an
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amil—single parents, extene amilies, riens who eellike amilies.The Natre Cls or Families approach can reak own
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ke arriers, incling ear o strangers, since there issaet in nmers.There is the motivation actor—it’s mch more likel o
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an or amil are going to show p at a park on Satramorning i o know there’s another amil waiting or o.Share knowlege: Man parents want to give their kis
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the gits o natre, t the on’t eel the know enoghaot natre to o so.An, importantl, there is no nee to wait or ning.
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Families can o this themselves an o it now.
The prpose o this
C&NN Nature Clubs or Families Tool Kit: Do It Yoursel! Do It Now! 
is to provie inspiration, inormation, tips an resorces or those who are—or who might e—intereste in creating a Natre Cl or Families. In creating theTool Kit, we’ve rawn on what man other amilies have one an learne. We alsoencorage o to evelop an se or own ieas.
whAt is A nAture Clubfor fAmilies?
 
A Natre Cl or Families is a grop o people with aninterest in connecting chilren with natre. Each NatreCl or Families is niqe. Some meet weekl at the sameran park—plaing, iling rienships, an singing withpreschoolers an their parents. Some take homeschoolingamilies on length walks or ocse natre st. Sometake the orm o oisteros amil trail hikes that comineki-riven pla with sponta-neos natre oservation.Whatever their orm, allshare these asic goals:Get otsie in natre on areqent asis; gather chilren,riens an commnitmemers to share otooraventres; an experiencethe enets o time spenttogether otsie.
PURPOSE OF ThIS TOOL KIT
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PHOTO: jON bEARd

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