About Us

The San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative (SDCaN, or the Collaborative) was organized in January 2009 by individuals and educational, environmental, business, and community groups with shared concerns that today’s children have fewer and fewer opportunities to experience nature. Over 60 organizations are working together to preserve opportunities for San Diego’s children to learn in nature and play outdoors, under the fiscal sponsorship of the San Diego Audubon Society.  The Collaborative’s governance is outlined in the Governing Document, approved in December, 2011.

The Collaborative organizes a general meeting every two months, and notices are sent to members in email messages.  We invite you to join us for the meetings, to learn from others, and to share your opportunities and successes with Collaborative members and partners.   

Joining and donating to the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative

Many children in San Diego have few or no opportunities to play, learn, and grow with nature in their everyday lives. The work of the Collaborative expands nature activities in existing children’s and youth programs and services through inspiring, innovating, and networking with educators and nature professionals.

We invite your donations to this work. Because the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative does not have independent nonprofit tax status, the California Chaparral Institute (CCI) has agreed to accept donations by credit card, at their web site. The CCI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation so your donations are tax-deductible. If you prefer to pay by check, please print, complete, and send this form with your check.

For a donation of $1000 or more, your company name and logo will be featured prominently on materials or communications about the programs supported, and on the Collaborative’s website. Additionally, program coordinators will publicly acknowledge our supporters during the activities that you fund.

Thank you, for bringing nature into the lives of more of San Diego’s children this year!

Anne S. Fege, Ph.D., M.B.A., Chair, San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative