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These are links that we use often.  Feel free to suggest other links to be included in this list.
Children, Nature and You: Children have a basic need to establish a deep emotional connection to the natural world. Children, Nature and You workshops help parents, grandparents, caregivers, and educators foster that connection.
Hooked on Nature: An organization dedicated to fostering love and respect for the Earth.  To get together with others to deepen your own connection to nature check out Nature Circles.

The Children and Nature Network is working to build a movement to reconnect children with nature. Inspired by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,” the site is the voice of the Leave No Child Inside grassroots movement and an invaluable resource for current research, articles and updates on the growth of the movement to reconnect children with nature.  See also Richard Louv’s personal blog Field Notes from the Future.

The National Learning Initiative promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children.                        
Roots and Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute, is a powerful, youth-driven network, offering a variety of programs and resources.  

The National Wildlife Federation, inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Click on Outside in Nature for educational programs and resources.  

 The National Arbor Day Foundation, inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Click on learn for educational resources.

The Outdoor Classroom Project was funded in July of 2003 by a 5-year, $1,000,000 grant from First 5 LA, which disperses funds generated by California’s Proposition 10 tobacco tax to projects serving children ages 0 - 5 in Los Angeles County. The Project is conducted by the Child Educational Center (CEC), a nationally accredited program of early childhood education.

The Alliance for Childhood
promotes policies and practices that support children’s healthy development, love of learning, and joy in living. Our public education campaigns bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood. We act for the sake of the children themselves and for a more just, democratic, and ecologically responsible future.    

The Sierra Club: Building Bridges to the Outdoors: The program’s goal is to give every child in America an outdoor experience.

Nature Explore, a collaborative project of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation is a complete program of fun, effective resources to help educators, families, and anyone working to connect young children with nature.

The Children’s Nature Institute:
Through hands-on, nature-based environmental education programs tailored specifically to young children,CNI has been connecting children (and adults) to nature in the greater Los Angeles area for over 20 years.

World Forum on Early Care and Education. The mission of the World Forum Foundation is to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings. Check on Nature education for resources on connecting children to nature   

Early Childhood Connections aims to enrich the lives of children by working with the adults who affect their lives - parents, caregivers, and educators.

The Center for Education, Imagination and the Natural World at Timberlake Farm: The center's mission is to bring to life a new vision of the relationship between the inner life of the child and the beauty, wonder and intimacy of the universe.  

 Claire Walker Leslie is a nationally known wildlife artist, naturalist, and educator. She have evolved a career in combining the study of Nature and Drawing / Painting / Writing as a means of connecting both herself and her students with the Environment. She conducts workshops and classes at various educational institutions such as Williams College and Massachusetts College of Art. She has written eight books including Keeping a Nature Journal, Nature Drawing and The Art of Field Sketching. Clare lives in Vermont and Massachusetts.     
PLACES for PLAY:  PLAYLINK and the Free Play Network have created this photo exhibit of children at play because they believe that play environments should be beautiful, individually designed, should please and stimulate the senses, and be sources of delight and surprise. Nothing less will do.

Stroller Hikes, Bay Area Outings for Babies and Parents: This great web resource connects you with other San Francisco Bay Area parents in nature outings with your young children.

For more sites try an on-line search with the words “Children and Nature.”