In partnership with Children & Nature Network, NLC’s Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative helps city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from city parks to the great outdoors.
City leaders have extensive tools at their disposal to connect young people with nature and create the next generation of environmental stewards. Importantly, cities can play a role in closing the “nature gap,” particularly among low-income children and children of color.
The Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative (CCCN) will support cities that want to build and strengthen connections to nature as integral elements of city plans and policies, programs, partnerships, and leadership strategies.
These elements will apply across a broad range of city concerns, including community health and wellness, education, out-of-school time programming, job creation, transportation, and land use. CCCN will help city leaders take actions to create “nature-rich” cities and increase access to nature for all residents as part of their everyday lives.
The initial three-year initiative drives toward three key outcomes:
- Improving the health of people living in low-income communities by increasing access to nature-based activities and green space.
- Supporting the development of stronger social-emotional and cognitive skills among young people through increased time in nature.
- Nurturing an emerging generation of youth as stewards of and advocates for the natural environment.