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Partners

Texas Children in Nature Network is a collaborative of over 600 partner organizations that are dedicated to connecting children and families with nature to be healthier, happier and smarter.

In order to become an official partner of Texas Children in Nature Network we are asking for organizations to read our strategic plan and sign on to support our mission, no fees involved. As a partner organization you will be eligible to attend partner networking events, share resources, your logo will be displayed on our website, and more!

I hope your organization will become a partner of Texas Children in Nature Network. We are looking forward to an amazing next three years and can’t wait to get started! You can sign on as a partner by filling out this google form: https://forms.gle/hB2FegBj84q78MXZ6

Partner Spotlights

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Amanda McMickle

On January 21st Amanda McMickle, with Compass Rose Charter School, sat down with Sarah to talk about some of the great work they are doing in San Antonio.

Amanda, why don't you introduce yourself and let us know a little about what you do:

I'm Amanda McMickle. I am a school leader at Compass Rose Journey. I work to improve the schools nature and place based learning programs.

Tell us a bit about the Compass Rose Journey...

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Amelia Haslam

On March 15th Amelia Haslam Smith from Camp Aranzazu sat down with Sarah Coles, Texas Children in Nature Network Executive Director, to talk about their program and how they are engaging with children and families in the Coastal Bend.

Introduce yourself and tell us about what you do:

My name is Amelia Haslam Smith and I am the Camp Director at Camp Aranzazu. I have been with the organization for eight years, I started as a...

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Austin Youth River Watch

On December 11th Chanel Davis and Beth Bennett from Austin Youth River Watch sat down with to talk about their program and how they are engaging youth in the Austin area,

Introduce yourselves and tell us about what you do:

My name is Beth Bennett, I am the Senior Program Coordinator with River Watch. I have been with the organization for over three years. In school I studied environmental policy in college at St Edwards. I focused...

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Cari Browning and OLE! Texas

On April 6th Cari Browning sat down with Sarah Coles, Texas Children in Nature Network Executive Director, to talk about the OLE! Texas initiative and how it is creating nature rich outdoor spaces for Early Childhood Centers across the state.

Introduce yourself and tell us about what you do:

My name is Cari Browning, I am a Recreation Therapist with a master's degree in International Health Promotion. I work as the Physical...

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City of San Antonio

Kelsey Scherschel met with Alice on March 15th to share more about the City of San Antonio's work to create Nature Smart Libraries that provide children and families more access to outdoors spaces and nature-based programming.

Kelsey, please introduce yourself and let us know a little about you:

I’m Kelsey Scherschel and I am the Natural Areas Manager for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. I oversee all the parks...

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EcoRise

Gina LaMotte sat down with Sarah to find out more about EcoRise, their research and what it has to tell us about Children in Nature.

Gina, introduce yourself and tell us what you do:

My name is Gina LaMotte and I am the Founder President and Chief Innovation Officer of EcoRise. My position is a lot of community partnerships and raise our impact in environmental education to the next level, experiment with ideas and a bit of...

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Environment Texas

Luke Metzger met with Alice on June 28, 2023 to share more about the work Environment Texas does and the Centennial Bill coming up on the November ballot.

Luke, please introduce yourself and let us know a little about you:

I'm Luke Metzger, the Executive Director of Environment Texas, and I've been in Texas for twenty-three years. I'm married and have three kids...

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Green Space Alliance South Texas

On January 13th Carra Garza from Green Spaces Alliance South Texas sat down with to talk about their program and how they are engaging youth in the San Antonio area.

Introduce yourselves and tell us about what you do:

My name is Carra Garza. I am the Picture Your World Program Manager with Green Spaces Alliance South Texas. I have been running this program since 2013. I was introduced to it as an artist, I had been invited to be a...

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Ground Work Dallas

On September 15th, 2021 Katherina Kang, Education Director of Groundwork Dallas, sat down with Sarah to talk about some of the great work they are doing in North Texas.

Katherina, why don't you introduce yourself and let us know a little about you:

My name is Katherina Kang. I am the Education Director for Groundwork Dallas, I focus on creating youth education opportunities for our volunteers and attendees at our events, this can...

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Kaboom!

On August 10th, 2021 Lysa Ratkiff, Executive Director of Kaboom!, sat down with Sarah to talk about some great initiatives they are piloting in Texas.

Lysa, why don't you introduce yourself and let us know a little about you:

My name is Lysa Ratliff and I am the CEO of a national non-profit organization called KABOOM! We have been working for the last 25 years to bring communities and kids together to end playspace inequity for...

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Jacey Tosh

On April 30th Jacey Tosh from Texas A&M Forest Service sat down with Sarah to talk about their program and how they are engaging children and families in nature in Texas.

Introduce yourselves and tell us about what you do:

My name is Jacey Tosh, and I am the Conservation Educator for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Texas A&M Forest Service is the state agency responsible for the conservation and protection of forest...

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Land Stewards Ambassador Program

On March 30th Helen Holdsworth and Masi Mejia sat down with Sarah Coles, Texas Children in Nature Network Executive Director, to talk about their program and how they are engaging with youth in three communities in Texas.

Introduce yourselves and tell us about what you do:

My name is Helen Holdsworth and I am the Chief of Engagement at the Witte Museum. I am involved of anything where we engage students, visitors or special...

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PEAS: Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability

Lauren met with Alice recently to share more about PEAS - Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability's work and new resources.

Lauren, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about you:

I am Lauren Zappone Maples. I'm the Founder and Executive Director of PEAS which stands for Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability. I started out as a...

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Roam Wild

Adam Flores met with Sarah on August 25th to share more about Roam Wild and how they work to engage more children and youth in nature.

Adam, please introduce yourself and let us know a little about you:

My name is Adam Flores and I am the founder of Roam Wild, a North Texas nonprofit that works to get young people from diverse backgrounds outside enjoying nature through adventure travel. I grew up mostly in Minneapolis, Minnesota...

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Sammy's House

On November 16, 2021 Isabel Huerta, Director of Sammy's House, sat down with Sarah to talk about some of the great work they are doing in Austin.

Isabel, why don't you introduce yourself and let us know a little about you:

My name is Isabel Huerta and I am the Executive Director and Founder of Sammy's House. Sammy's House is a non-profit agency that provides services to children and young adults with disabilities in Austin. We...

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The University of Texas School Gardens Program

On January 11th Jaime Davis and Michele Hockett Cooper from The University of Texas School Gardens Program sat down with to talk about their program and how they are engaging teachers and students in the Austin area,

Introduce yourselves and tell us about what you do:

My name is Michele Hockett Cooper. I have been with the University of Texas for five years. I started working at UT with Jaime in her lab as a program coordinator in...

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Founding Partners

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Valued Partners

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Acton Nature Center
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Alamo Area Master Naturalists Logo
Alamo RC&D Area Inc
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A Rocha USA
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Austin Parks Foundation
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Austin Ridge Riders
Austin Rowing Club
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Bayou Land Conservancy
Bayou Preservation Association
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Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Camp Fire First Texas
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Capital Area Master Naturalists Logo
CAST for Kids Foundation
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Central Faith
Champions Outdoors Logo
Chess for Trees
Chicana in Nature
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
Children's Environmental Health Network Logo
Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation
Children's Museum of Houston
Christ Clinic Katy
Cibolo Center for Conservation Logo
The Circle School Logo
Cities Connecting Children to Nature Austin Logo
Citizen's Environmental Coalition Logo
City of Austin Urban Forest Program logo
City of Austin Watershed Protection Department logo
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City of Pharr Parks and Recration
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Comal County Conservation Alliance
Creech Prairie Restoration
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Cross Timbers Dendro Logo
Dallas Arboretum Logo
Dallas ISD STEM Environmental Educaton Center Logo
Dallas County Parks and Open Space
Dallas Zoo Logo
Delores Fenwick Nature Center
The Ditch Water Discovery Center Logo
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center Logo
Dream Voice Logo
Driscoll Health System Logo
Drive and Discovery Logo
Earth Native Wilderness School Logo
East Foundation Logo
Eating Recovery Cetner and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center
Ecology Action of Texas Logo
EcoRise Logo
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center Logo
ESC Region 10
Edwards Aquifer Authority Logo
El Ranchito Camp
Expedition School Logo
Explore Austin Logo
Families in Nature Network
Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Botanical Research Institute of Texas Logo
The Fay School
Friends of Redhead Pond and Environmental Stewardship Association
Friends of the Children - Houston
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Logo
Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Logo
Galveston Bay Estuary Program
Galveston Bay Foundation
Adopt a Beach logo
Georgetown Logo
Ghisallo Cycling Initiative Logo
Girl Scouts of Central Texas Logo
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Got To Go Outdoors
Grapevine Parks and Recreation
Great Springs Project Logo
Green Space Learning Logo
Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas Logo
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Grow Garden Grow
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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
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Harker Heights Parks and Recreation
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Harvest for the Hungry
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Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary Logo
Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library
Hesed House of Wharton
High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1
Hill Country Alliance Logo
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Houston Audubon
Houston Botanic Garden
Houston Health Foundation
Houston Humane Society TRWC Wildlife Center
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Wilderness
Houston Zoo
i20 Wildlife Preserve
Indigenous Cultures Institute Logo
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Inner Naturalist Logo
International Museum o Art and Science
KABOOM! Logo
Kansas State Research and Extension Sedgwick County
Keep Austin Beautiful Logo
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Keep McKinney Beautiful
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KidBridge Academy
Kids in Action
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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Logo
LCRA Parks
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Living Waters Park Logo
Lone Star Coastal Alliance Logo
Long Acres Ranch
Los Amiguitos
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Mayborn Museum
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Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Logo
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Logo
Moody Early Childhood Center Logo
National Federation of the Blind Texas
National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University Logo
Native Plant Society of Texas Logo
Native Prairies Association of Texas Logo
Nature-Based Education Support in Texas Logo
Nature Discovery Center
North Central Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas
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NTx School Garden Network
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Port Aransas Nature Preserve
Pottsboro Area Library
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Recycle With Me
Red Line Parkway Initiative
Rio Grande Valley Chapter Texas Master Naturalists
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River Bend Nature Center
River Legacy Foundation
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San Antonio Botanical Garden Logo
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San Antonio Zoo
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Scobee Education Center
Sea World San Antonio
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Smith County Champions for Children
South Texas Ecotourism Center
Spark Parks
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SPLASh
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Studio Nectary
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Sweetwater Schole
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Tarrant Area Food Bank
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The Trail Conservancy
Travis Audubon: Listen.  Look. and Learn
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Trust for Public Land
Turtle Island Restoration Network
University of Texas Marine Science Institute/Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve Logo
Urban Patchwork
The Visitor Experience
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Witte Museum
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