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Connecting Children and Nature

Purpose

Provide opportunities for children and families to spend time in nature for active and imaginative play as well as reflection and renewal.

Partners

  • Polk County Public Health
  • City of Crookston
  • City of Fertile
  • Marshall County Public Health
  • City of Warren
  • Statewide Health Improvement Program
  • Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
  • College of Design - Center for Sustainable Building Research
  • Extension
  • School of Public Health
  • University of Minnesota Crookston

Activities

  • Hosted the Connecting Children and Nature Conference at University of Minnesota Crookston in Sept 2010, supported by USFWS Challenge Grant
  • Awarded 25 mini-grants to community groups interested in connecting children and nature in 2010-2011, supported by USFWS Challenge Grant
  • Supported design process for Natural Play Spaces in Warren, Crookston and Fertile in 2011-2012.
  • Conduct research about public health benefits of natural play spaces.
  • Hosted Designing Natural Play Spaces Workshop at University of Minnesota Crookston in October 2012.

Leveraged resources

US FWS Challenge Grant $25,000

Mini-grant Reports

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