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Cities Connecting Children & Nature: San Francisco

Posted by on Dec 02 2016 | 2016, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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Cities Connecting Children & Nature: San Francisco
2016 – $10,000 General Support

San Francisco is one of seven cities competitively invited to join the national Cities Connecting Children & Nature initiative, a partnership of the National League of Cities and the Children & Nature Network. The Coalition has been invited to participate in a seven-city cohort over the next eight months to develop a robust and comprehensive City Implementation Plan for connecting the city’s children, youth and families with nature experiences in the city. By harnessing collective energies toward a shared vision and concrete results, San Francisco will create a model for better coordination, gap identification, and long-term accessibility seeking to build meaningful and lifelong nature connections for all youth and families.

Children Connecting Children & Nature: San Francisco envisions a city whose children have daily experiences in local nature, who feel a sense of belonging to the natural world, who feel at home in nature, whose school learning is meaningfully contextualized in the city’s outdoors, and who develop lifelong relationships to nature for health, recreation, and conservation benefits. The program strives to help San Francisco’s current generation of children to become adults who share these experiences with their own kids/families and pass on the value of nature connection for generations to come.

childrenandnature.org

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Lexicon of Sustainability

Posted by on Dec 01 2016 | 2016, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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Lexicon of Sustainability
2016 – $10,000 Project Localize

The Lexicon of Sustainability operates with the express purpose of creating and sharing intelligently designed messaging tools and activism toolkits needed by the movement’s non-profit organizations, educators and thought leaders to advance a sustainable future for everyone. Project Localize addresses the need for increased eco-literacy and digitally active students communicating with the world around them. Participants are taught how to understand a circular economy through key subjects representing sustainability. The project is distinct in its inclusion of skill building with authentic public participation on meaningful civic issues. The program provides mentoring for students, teachers and community leaders at key points in the learning experience. Project Localize is in its fourth year of development and has expanded to 42 high schools and hundreds of elementary schools in America with delegations from all over the North Bay participating since 2012.

projectlocalize.org

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Prelinger Library

Posted by on Dec 01 2016 | 2016, 2017, Architecture, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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Prelinger Library
2018 – $5,000 General Support
2017 – $5,000 General Support
2016 – $5,000 General Support

The Prelinger Library is an urban oasis of research, community, art and collaboration in San Francisco. Co-founded by Rick and Megan Prelinger in 2004, it is a freely publicly accessible workshop where artists, writers and activists from around the Bay Area and across the Nation meet to pursue research-based works of all kinds. The Library offers a collection of over 30,000 books and an equal number of pieces of printed ephemera, including maps, zines and pamphlets. It is an appropriation friendly resource for all visitors.

Within its social function as a public workshop, the Library offers ongoing experiments in the future of reading, research and collaboration. No less important than what is in the collection is how it’s used: through social reading, through appropriation and through collaborations that arise from both careful planning and accidental meetings alike.

prelingerlibrary.org

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MARE

Posted by on Dec 01 2016 | 2016, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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MARE
2016 – $10,000 Deepwater Ecological Assessment

MARE (Marine Applied Research & Exploration) seeks to increase literacy in ocean sciences through formal and informal education initiatives. One such project is a deepwater ecological assessment of the north coast region of California.  This project deployed the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Beagle to visually survey the deepwater seafloor while gathering oceanographic information during expeditions in 2014 and 2015.  The assessment establishes a two-year baseline of “who is living” where, along with their habitat associations, inside and outside the newly created Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) from Fort Bragg to the Oregon Border. MARE staff will count, identify and geo-reference the fish and invertebrates, and characterize the subsea habitat along the North Coast and identify focal or indicator species for monitoring ocean health into the future.  

maregroup.org

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Seep City

Posted by on Dec 01 2016 | 2016, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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Seep City
2016 – $5,000 General Support

The Seep City Water Log, named for the groundwater in our soil, is an effort by Joel Pomerantz to connect local explorers of all ages and qualifications with the waterscapes of San Francisco, past and present. Focus is on how creek and climate history are part of the living landscape. The mapping project has tracked nearly two dozen major springs that still exist today, even in drought times. The project now exists as an education art piece and a published map that has inspired thousands to explore and research. This map was produced as a companion to the forthcoming book, Seep City Water Log.

seepcity.org

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What is Missing?

Posted by on Jan 20 2016 | 2014, 2015, 2016, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category

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What is Missing?
2016 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project
2015 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project
2014 – $10,000 What Is Missing? Project

Maya Lin is an artist and environmentalist. She established the What Is Missing? project to create, through science-based artworks, an awareness about the present mass extinction of species due to habitat degradation and loss, and to emphasize that by protecting and restoring habitats, carbon emissions can be reduced and species & habitats protected. Designed as Maya Lin’s last memorial, the What Is Missing? project takes place in multiple sites and forms dedicated to creating a connection between people and the species and places that have disappeared or are predicted to become extinct.

This project is a call to action and helps participants and viewers reimagine the human relationship to nature.  It creates hope by showing individuals what they can do to make a difference through their own consumer choices. The What Is Missing? project is made up of sound and media sculptures, traveling exhibitions, video installations, a physical and digital book and a website. Part of the website is devoted to introducing Greenprint for the Future, which when completed will help visitors examine their land use and resource consumption patterns and will demonstrate how changing these practices can effectively help the planet.

whatismissing.net

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Outdoors Empowered Network

Posted by on Jan 20 2016 | 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category

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Outdoors Empowered Network
2018 – $10,000 Grant for Capacity Building
2017 – $10,000 General Support
2016 – $5,000 General Support
2015 – $7,500 General Support
2014 – $10,000 General Support

Outdoors Empowered Network (OEN) grew out of the Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) program that has provided overnight nature experience for over 30,000 young people since 1999 through the dedication of trained teachers and youth workers. BAWT is committed to sustaining young people’s’ commitment to nature through breaking the barriers of fear, equipment and transportation through leadership training and outdoor gear libraries.

OEN is working with affiliate programs in Los Angeles, Seattle/Tacoma and Chicago in order to create opportunities for youths in these regions to experience nature overnight, using the BAWT model. Additionally, OEN is publicizing and promoting their work at a national summit of potential affiliate programs and supporting organizations who share their vision of developing a world with youth that have a sustaining relationship with outdoor activity and the living planet.

outdoorsempowered.org

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SF Nature Mapping Project

Posted by on Dec 10 2014 | 2014, Ecology, Education, Grantees

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SF Nature Mapping Project
2014 – $5,000 General Support

The Children in Nature Map will be the first interactive map of the SF Nature Mapping Project and the first map tailored to families who want to find places to play in San Francisco’s nature.  The map is being created in partnership with the San Francisco Children in Nature Forum and GreenInfo Network.

 The SF Nature Mapping Project seeks to connect people to nearby urban nature through online interactive maps. As people move into cities many assume that this means less time that they can spend in nature, but this project challenges that myth by showing clearly where we can access nature in San Francisco.

http://sfnaturemaps.com/

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Youth Art Exchange

Posted by on Jul 07 2014 | 2013, Art, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Type

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Youth Art Exchange
2013 – $5,000 Mobile Parklet

Founded in 2000, Youth Art Exchange provides relevant arts education that connects underserved high school-aged youth to the broader community. Based at the intersection of the Oceanview-Merced-Ingleside neighborhood and Excelsior, Youth Art Exchange fills the gap of services for youth in this low-income, multi-lingual neighborhood.

Mobile Parklet
A youth-designed and built parklet in San Francisco’s Oceanview-Merced-Ingleside neighborhood offers a green gathering space in front of the centrally located Fog Lifter Café on Ocean Avenue, improving public life by keeping this commercial corridor accessible and exciting for urban dwellers and visitors.

youthartexchange.org

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ioby

Posted by on Mar 20 2014 | 2014, Art, Ecology, Education, Grantees, Grantees by Category, Grantees by Year

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ioby
2014 – $10,000 Crowdfunding Workshop

ioby is a community of donors, volunteers and leaders working together to make their neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable. ioby is a crowd-resourcing digital platform that supports citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects related to food, transit, sharing, public health, public art, environment, schools, tactical urbanism and creative placemaking. For this project, ioby will host an intensive training on grassroots fundraising and crowdfunding for Seed Fund grantees in San Francisco.

www.ioby.org

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