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Neighborhood Nature Programming

Young people need nature in their lives. Exposure to nature increases overall wellbeing, improves academic outcomes, and enhances future readiness. As families look for ways to engage their children in activities that lead to healthy development they are increasingly turning to nature based learning. Neighborhood nature programs are built around three key ideas: exploring nearby nature and discovering nature some distance from home are both valuable experiences, children need opportunities to explore the world on their own terms, and nature based learning builds essential relationships.

Neighborhood Nature programming connects young people to their environment and community.

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Program Support

The Rochester Ecology Partners provides support for the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of programs that engage youth in activities that lead to nature engagement and personal development. We believe that neighborhood based organizations best understand the needs of their neighbors and are in the best position to serve them. Our goal is to provide the expertise and resources neighborhood organizations need to accomplish their vision and mission through nature based learning.

Our Support Includes
  • Initial program design
  • Securing resources to build the progra 
  • Staff development and recruitment
  • Connection to experts, learning environments, and services providers
  • Day to day program planning and implementation
  • Program evaluation
Working Together

“What can we do to help you get young people learning in, and about nature?”, is the question we start with. We can run the program fully or create an agreement where we offer support when you need it. Partnership and collaborative development of these programs is our goal. Every program is different and our success depends on creating something that fits.

Developing a program together starts with discussing a few basic questions that will get us to what we can do to help. 

  1. What are you hoping to accomplish with the program?
  2. Who are you planning to engage in the program?
  3. What is your timeline?
  4. What do you already have in place?
  5. What do you need support with?

From our initial conversation we will continue to discuss what a partnership will look like until we come to an agreement about who will do what. As the program develops we will use a variety of processes and structures to keep things moving forward and develop our relationship.

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