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Phone: 213-746-2966
1910 Magnolia Ave.
#403

Los Angeles
California 90007
USA
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Target demographics: Low-income children in the Greater Los Angeles Area between 0-8 years old.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The children we educate are predominately Hispanic, African-American, and Asian. Many are learning English as a second language. We also provide our programs to children living in shelters and children with special needs, including those who are confined to wheelchairs, vision- or hearing-impaired, or emotionally disturbed.

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: lead young children on a nature walk; teach young children about environmental stewardship, native plants, and animals; help in the office with administration, education, research, communications, events, public relations, marketing, community outreach, member development, and technology.

Geographic areas served: CNI serves children in Los Angeles's lowest-income and lowest-performing schools. Schools we routinely work with are located in Pico-Union, Koreatown, East Los Angeles, Inglewood, South Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Watts and other underserved areas throughout Los Angeles County.

Programs: The Children's Nature Institute (CNI) fills the unique niche of providing transformational experiences in nature to children during their most formative years, 0-8. While there is evidence to support a direct correlation between environmental education and academic achievement, startlingly, a high percentage of the children we serve have never explored the beach or wandered in a forest.

In addition to stimulating curiosity about the natural world and fostering feelings of empathy for living things, CNI's hands-on and highly interactive curriculum helps children develop fundamental building blocks for gaining knowledge about science, math, reading and problem-solving.

Mission:
The mission of The Children's Nature Institute is to educate children, families, and their communities through interactive experiences with nature and to inspire respect, responsibility and a connection to the natural environment. 
Results:
For 27 years, The Children's Nature Institute (CNI) has been at the forefront of the movement to get children outside to learn and explore and in so doing, care about the environment. Since then, we have served more than 300,000 children, their parents and teachers throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. By guiding children in their experience with nature, we are helping them establish the relationship with the environment necessary to be involved with its preservation. CNI works with more than 100 schools, early-education centers and social service agencies to serve more than 10,000 children each year FREE OF CHARGE. Our focus is on reaching children in underserved communities to share with them the wonder of nature as a tool for personal growth, academic achievement and community building.

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11/30/12
I was invited to attend a film screening and a Q&A with a Nature Film maker at the Children's Nature Institute earlier this month. The screening, attended by the community members and guests of the CNI , and discussion thereafter was a great insight into the meaning of involvement with Nature in ... more »
11/30/12
I have been a volunteer with The Children's Nature Institute for about 1 year now. I recently assisted with two nature walks at Temescal Canyon State Park. The kids that attend these walks gain so much from these experiences with nature; from exploring plants and wildlife, to learning about ... more »
04/14/12
My daughter and I have been enjoying CNI's family hikes and "Tykes on Trails" for several years now. We feel like we've found a secret gem whenever we attend a hike or event planned by the folks at CNI and have learned so much from all the volunteers at CNI. We want to share the secret - CNI hikes ... more »
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