Cities Connecting Children to Nature

Cities Connecting Children to Nature
Cities Connecting Children to Nature

The Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN) initiative helps city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from urban parks and community gardens 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. Cities can play a role in closing the "nature gap," particularly among low-income children and children of color.

CCCN supports 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 apply across a broad range of city concerns, including community health and wellness, education improvement, out-of-school time programming, job creation, transportation, and land use. Seven pilot CCCN cities have begun pursuing strategies as depicted in the chart below to create “nature-rich” cities and increase access to nature for children as part of their everyday lives.

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These strategies and the initial three-year CCCN initiative drive 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.

Opportunities to Connect