INSIDER TIPS - Urban Gateways

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Over 40 #NatureForAll partners have shared their success stories and resources with #NatureForAll  to help us learn from one another, increase knowledge, overcome barriers, and scale up projects and programmes that connect people with nature.

The following list showcases insider tips from #NatureForAll partners who have meaningfully used urban parks, gardens, museums, zoos and aquaria as gateways for bringing urbanites closer to nature.  Check them out:

  1. “Design activities that create a hopeful vision for the future of our environment rather than focusing on doom and gloom narratives.” OceanWise (Canada) discussing the need for positive key messages for their AquaCamps in the Vancouver Aquarium 
  2.  “Let’s use urban parks, gardens, museums, zoos and aquaria as gateways for bringing urbanites closer to nature. Do you live in a city or do you visit friends or family in a city? Are you aware of all the natural spaces near you?” – A call to action to find nature in the city from The #NatureForAll Playbook (Global)
  3. “A wide stakeholder network – over 150 organisations get involved in the Festival each year to bring fresh audiences and exciting new content.” – Festival of Nature (UK) highlights the need to address diversity in cities across the United Kingdom.
  4.  “No matter how big your vision, start simple.” Litterati (Global) noting that their idea started within a small school in Oakland, and has grown to global phenomena in cities all over the world.
  5. “Citizen Science is a powerful tool for both outreach and meaningful data collection. Empowering the public by teaching them natural history skills through the immersive experience of a bioblitz will encourage more people to take action to conserve and protect biodiversity in their own lives.” – The Royal Ontario Museum (Canada) on how skill building, science, and hands on engagement get Toronto citizens to experience their local biodiversity

Call to action: Do you live in a city, or do you visit friends or family in a city?  Are you aware of all the natural spaces near you?