Healing the broken bond between our young and nature is in everyone’s self-interest, not only because aesthetics or justice demand it, but also because our mental, physical and spiritual health depend upon it.
Richard Louv,
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature- Deficit Disorder
The vision and mission of the is to give every child in every community a wide range of opportunities to experience nature directly, reconnecting our children with nature’s joys and lessons, its profound physical and mental bounty.

The (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. The network will provide a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children’s health and well-being. C&NN will also promote fundamental institutional change and provide resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives and success stories.

The C&NN news service and portal, cNatureNet.org, will offer parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers access to the latest news and research in this field as well as practical advice, including ways to apply new-found knowledge at home, at school, in work environments, and in the community. The network will also engage a diverse community of institutes, organizations and industries by providing a forum for publishing and presenting research, reports and case studies on children’s health and nature, and related program-development strategies and support.