Connect to Nature Site Award

Connect to Nature Site/School Award

Thank you for accepting the challenge to be a “Best in Ohio” Connect to Nature School/Site! Your efforts help our children to become healthier, happier, and smarter!



Nominate a School/Community Site/Business

Become recognized for the good work your agency is doing to connect children to nature!  Our next recognition event will be in March during our MVLNCI Summit.  Submit your application by March 1st each year for consideration.


Schools that receive the award can request an assembly-style presentation for their students!

Click here to see news coverage of one of those programs!

Connect to Nature Site Challenge for Schools

Why Get An Award?


School Site Certification Form

School Nomination Form


Supplemental Materials for School Certification

Resources to meet criteria for SCHOOLS


Site Certification Form

Site Nomination Form


Site Certification

Resources to meet criteria for SITES




Connect to Nature Award Recipients 

View the 2021 Video of our Connect to Nature Award Recipients

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The MVLNCI collaborative engages and empowers our community to make time and create access for outdoor exploration, play, and learning.

Miami Valley Home

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Nature Play


Events and Initiatives