Margaret Lamar is the of Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Children & Nature Network (C&NN). She works in cities across the U.S. to promote health and wellness in urban communities through infusing nature into urban design and inspiring local leadership to prioritize policies and programs that support everyday nature access for children. Through her work with C&NN, she supports cross-sector city planning for increased equity in urban nature experiences to improve educational performance, mental health and active outdoor physical activity for healthy lifestyles in children and families.
She directs national and international C&NN initiatives that seek to create scalable systems change in cities: Cities Connecting Children to Nature, a partnership with the National League of Cities; Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities, supporting nature-rich schoolyards in low-income communities; and Natural Families, creating whole-community engagement in nature. She lives in San Antonio where you can most often find her and her two boys on the banks of rivers or walking through dry creek beds.
2016-2017 mini-grant awardees!
These mini-grants strive to highlight the many organizations and initiatives in Central Texas that seek to connect youth and families with nature and public lands in their community. The Collaborative granted 14 awards of $250-$500 to support new initiatives or current youth and families in nature programs, activities, or events. A big congratulations to our grantees below!
Family camping trip to Garner State Park. This camping trip is to introduce families to many aspects of outdoor activities and nature; basic camping lessons, outdoor cooking, hikes, flora and fauna I.D.
Operation Play More! show children how much fun it is to get outside and play. Promotional video produced by students showing where local parks are located; social media campaign encouraging students to use local parks and spend time outside.
Collaboration between Southwestern U and Georgetown ISD. Design and implement experiential garden learning curriculum at SU to promote environmental literacy. Incorporates healthy plants and garden building lessons.