1002 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77002
Research clearly indicates children are healthier, both mentally and physically; perform better in school; become better problem solvers; have higher self-esteem and self-confidence; and are more creative and cooperative with others. Please join in the Cities Connecting Children to Nature – Houston (CCCN-H) Stakeholder Meeting and Workgroup breakout sessions on August 31 (11 am – 1 pm) to help formulate implementable strategies to ensure all Houston-area children are healthy, happy, educated, and successful through equitable access to nature. Please reserve your spot, as lunch is provided, and space is limited.
Houston is a diverse, widely spread city, with many amazing existing resources providing ample opportunities for children to connect with nature. Our City is already working to improve individual deficiencies, such as resiliency, transportation, walkability, safety, and park scarcities, and our people and communities really care about making Houston the best place in the country to live, work, and play. With our parks, bayous, green schools initiatives, and elected leaders, businesses and private citizens ready to pitch in resources and time to rehabilitate, clean, plant, and use these natural resources, we have the knowledge and capability to get all children outside.
To systematically assess our area assets and deficiencies in providing equitable access to nature for all children, proving the value of nature for multiple solutions, effectively implementing strategies promoting equity and abundance of high quality natural spaces, and inspiring children and families to those use these spaces through programs, partnerships, and policies that foster their experience.
THE SOLUTION: COLLABORATION
To address our challenge, CCCN-H is assessing existing area-wide initiatives and resources, networking to share current programs and best practices, and formulating implementable strategic plans mirroring efforts already proven successful in the Houston area. The CCCN-H workgroups (Academic Achievement, Health & Wellness, Marketing & Communication, Park Activation, Partnerships, Policy) have begun developing scalable, reproducible strategies to eliminate gaps in providing healthy, natural, resilient spaces for all Houstonians, particularly our underrepresented children, aligning and complementing the Mayor’s existing Complete Community goals and other existing initiatives, not creating redundant efforts. Please bring your experience and passion to the table on August 31 to be part of the solution!
On August 31, 2018, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the Houston Green Building Resource Center will host a Cities Connecting Children to Nature – Houston Stakeholder Meeting and Workgroup breakout sessions to help formulate implementable strategies to ensure all Houston-area children are healthy, happy, educated, and successful through equitable access to nature. For more information and to register, visit eventbrite.com.