Cultivating Community: Principles and Practices for Community Gardening as a Community-Building Tool by Karen Payne and Deborah Fryman

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Youth Giving Curriculum by Karen Payne and Sondra Shaw-Hardy

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Facilitators’ Manual for Youth Giving Curriculum

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Children and Nature Network

This is the national network that was started by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

Additional links for ideas, research and resources:

Alliance for Childhood

Childhood Matters radio show on KISS FM 98.1

Children in Nature Collaborative (San Francisco Bay Area)

Children, Nature and You

Children, Youth and Environments

Empowered by Play: Helping families and teachers protect and promote imaginative play by Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin

Every Child has the Right

Hooked on Nature

National Institute for Play

Youth Enrichment Strategies

Zach Pine Nature Sculpture

Wild Zones at

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"Let the wild rumpus begin!"   

Did you ever feel your heart leap at that clarion call in Maurice Sendak's

Where the Wild Things Are?

"Let the wild rumpus start!"

Yes, please!


   Nurturing a generation of youth who love the earth and love their own lives