• Environmental Educators (EE's) in Action!
  • Let's "Cross-Pollinate" = Collaborate!
  • September's Regional Meeting was at the Houston Botanic Garden was a GORGEOUS!
  • September's Regional Meeting was at the Houston Botanic Garden was a GORGEOUS!
  • Citizen's Environmental Coalition's (CEC's) Greater Houston Summit was AWESOME!
  • 2023 Sam Houston's Environmental Career Day was GREAT!
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Houston Past Events

Check out my involvement in a variety of Houston events, including career fairs, workshops, and site visits, all aimed at exploring opportunities to strengthen the Gulf Coast Regional Network.

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Texas Children in Nature Network – Houston collaborative organized in 2011 to strategize ways of encouraging children and their families’ to enjoy the many exciting outdoor opportunities in the greater Houston region. The collaboration inspires and focuses the movement to increase outdoor play and learning for all children by catalyzing partnerships between businesses, healthcare providers, conservation groups, urban planners, educators, community groups and faith-based organizations.

Through our collaborative efforts, TCiNN-Houston helps bring and promote the following initiatives and programs.

Collaborative Initiatives:

  • Cities Connecting Children to Nature (HERE)
  • Houston Environmental Resources Exchange (HERE)
  • Open Outdoors for Kids (HERE)
  • Outdoor Learning Environments (OLE! Texas)

Greater Houston Area Regional Resources to find or publish outdoor activities:

Keep reading to learn more and become involved! If you have other ideas on advancing our mission to get all children outside or would like to be added to TCiNN-H emailings, please contact Dany Millikin

Cities Connecting Children to Nature-Houston is a collaborative of organizations and individuals championing for the health, happiness, education, and success of all our area children through equitable access to nature. Supported through technical assistance funding awarded in February 2018 by the Children & Nature Network and National League of Cities Institute for Youth Families, and Children, CCCN-H is comprised of city planners, health and education professionals, engineers and architects, conservation leaders, community champions, and youth advocates collaborating for a collective impact.

Led by the Mayor’s Office of Education, CCCN-H identified six strategies to plan and implement actions to advance our vision. They include ensuring every child and their family live in a complete community, are experiencing adventure daily through connections to abundant, healthy, and bio-diverse nature simply by walking to school, commuting to work, are operating their business, are exercising for health and wellness, or are relaxing and playing in their own neighborhood. Each strategy has been explored by stakeholders through working groups and chaired by members of our community. Everyone is welcome to join in; please contact the leads, below, to learn how you can get plugged in.

Next Regional Collaborative Meeting

April 23: For more information email: Dany Millikin

Do you want to be more involved?

Upcoming Events:

  • May 4, 2024: Brazos Bend Expo | Learn more HERE

Gulf Coast Region Projects

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What is LEAP?

The Library Explorer Adventure Pack (LEAP) program was started in the Rio Grande Valley to connect children and their families to nature and the outdoors while developing new skills that promote physical activity, healthy habits and behaviors, mental health, and sustainable living. I am excited to share that we received additional funding from the Texas Department of State and Health Services (DSHS) to expand LEAP into the Gulf Coast Region (including Houston, Galveston, Fort Bend County, & Montgomery County)! Learn more HERE.

Email Alicia Fontenot to be a part of the LEAP Program expansion.

Join the LEAP Advisory Council Brainstorm Session via Zoom on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, from 11 am - 12:30 pm.

A meeting recap will be posted here, so keep an eye out for webpage updates.

Our Houston Regional Partners