Children & Nature Related Projects

kids in a park

Many of us remember playing outdoors as kids, whether in the park down street, in our own backyard or at a family vacation spot. But today, an increasing number of kids never make these memories. We work to reconnect kids to nature, by protecting fun places for them to get outdoors and supporting projects that engage children in nature-based activities. We’ve helped conserve summer camps, local parks and more across the country. Click on the projects below to learn more about our efforts: 


An Emerald Necklace For Los Angeles Gibson Mariposa Park. Photo by Cameron McIntyre.

As one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, the Los Angeles region should be leading the country in park and recreation opportunities, but, sadly, it is not. In fact, in Los Angeles County, only 36 percent of children live within… Read More

Educational Tall Ship In San Francisco tall ship illustration

The Conservation Fund supports efforts to protect places where children can get outdoors and learn about nature. Often those projects involve protecting land or saving camps, but sometimes a one-of-a-kind project comes along. That’s what happened back in 2012 when we… Read More

Ben Delatour Scout Ranch Ben Delatour scout camp

At the Fund, we believe one of the best reasons to conserve land is to give people have access to the outdoors.  In the case of children, we know that getting them “unplugged” isn’t the only challenge: they also need to learn outdoor… Read More

Snow Mountain Ranch Horsebackriding at YMCA of Rockies

Each year, the YMCA of the Rockies’ spectacular Snow Mountain Ranch reconnects thousands of kids with nature through environmental education programs and other outdoor activities. With the Colorado State Forest Service, the U.S. Forest Service and Great Outdoors Colorado, we… Read More

Helping The YMCA Of Duluth Save Camp Miller Girl campers at YMCA Duluth

For more than a century, the YMCA of Duluth has offered summer resident camps and outdoor, environmental education opportunities for more than 2,000 youth at Camp Miller. In 2011, we helped the Y permanently protect nearly 300 acres at Camp Miller,… Read More

Farm & Wilderness Camp, Vermont Campers enjoy a hike at Farm and Wilderness Camp

The Fund helped protect more than 440 acres of private forests, ridgeline and vista near the village of Plymouth, an exceptional tract of verdant working forest and critical wildlife habitat near Woodward Reservoir. This land is now permanently saved for… Read More

Balancing Nature And Commerce In The New River Gorge Region New River Gorge

In October 2010, the Fund’s Conservation Leadership Network brought together local business leaders, elected officials and public land managers for a three-day workshop to discuss changes that are coming to West Virginia’s New River Gorge region.  As the new host… Read More

Kesselring Farm & The Boy Scouts Red barn at Kesselring Farm

At the Fund, we believe kids have the right to a healthy childhood and that a healthy childhood includes being outdoors. But many kids don’t feel comfortable in the “great outdoors” and need skills and knowledge in order to enjoy… Read More

Belfast Wildlife Management Area map of Belfast WMA

We know that for conservation solutions to truly last they need to benefit the surrounding communities. After a two-year effort, we helped create the Belfast Wildlife Management Area in South Carolina. This new wildlife management area not only protects wildlife habitat, it also… Read More

Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative Potomac Valley Education Initiative - Freshwater Institute

Freshwater Institute staff assisted with the “Watershed Education Initiative,” an environmental education program offered by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) to four elementary schools in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, West Virginia.  The lessons included classroom and hand-on training about… Read More


Alisa Borland
Alisa Borland Arlington, VA
(703) 525-6300

Vice President of Development Alisa Borland joined the Fund in 2004 and has overseen the organization’s fundraising during eight consecutive years of top charity rankings. Alisa holds a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University and a B.A. from the University of Maryland.