History and National Movement

National Children & Nature Network

San Diego Children and Nature brings the national Children & Nature Network (C&NN) movement to San Diego, inspired by “native son” columnist and author Richard Louv with his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, and building on successful programs in more than 60 cities, states, and countries.

  • Vision:  a world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives.
  • Mission:  The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
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History and Accomplishments

Founders of San Diego Children and Nature first worked together in early 2009 to publicize a lecture by Richard Louv on February 24, 2009 at Point Loma Nazarene University, which drew an audience of 1,200!  On March 19 at the Girl Scout office, 70 educators, environmental professionals, community leaders, and nature advocates shared their vision for working together to enhance experiences for children and nature. The rest of the story is told in the accomplishment reports.

San Diego Children and Nature was issued an exception letter from the Internal Revenue Service on October 7, 2015, and is now a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The San Diego Audubon Society served as fiscal agent from 2009 to 2013, and the San Diego Science Alliance served as fiscal agent from 2013 to 2015.

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