The mission of the North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition (NCCAN!) is to establish a relationship between children of North Carolina and the natural world by bringing toether people and organizations to strengthen, broaden, and support efforts that build these connections.
NCCAN! is made up of partners and members of the community engaged in connecting children with the natural world – health professionals, teachers, parents, environmentalists, architects, built environment professionals, farmers, businesses, local and state government agencies, community organizations and nonprofits, parks and recreation specialists, civic partners and community activists.
As a regional movement, the Collaborative encourages broad leadership, mutual support, partnerships, openness, and flexibility with a clear focus toward a cultural shift and world in which all children play, learn, and grow with nature in their everyday lives.