Youth In Nature Initiative
Next Generation staff, board, and community supporters underwent a strategic planning process last year, in which we identified that getting students out of the classroom and into the outdoors – through garden activities, campus-based projects, local excursions, and field trips – as one of our top priorities. Not only does this address what has become known as ‘nature deficit disorder’, it exposes students to the beauty and abundance found in our amazing county and in their own schoolyards. We strongly believe that cultivating nature awareness through exposure and education cultivates in the desire to preserve and protect this precious resource. We have received funding for our Youth In Nature Initiative through the Marin Community Foundation, specifically focused on underserved youth , and many of our other partners. We have got a solid start this fall, and are looking forward to expanding this work in the winter and spring!