Any public, private, or nonprofit organization that shares a commitment to our mission and values is invited to be a partner in The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon. Our job is to create a movement and we aim to be as inclusive as possible. We strive to follow a collective impact model, and as such, have a common agenda, shared data tracking, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and backbone support (through Children’s Forest staff). Some guidelines for our model include:
- Building the capacity of our partners. We only do work that requires collaboration, and everything else is left to our partners. The Children’s Forest works to promote strategic partnerships, provide training, and bring additional resources to the great work of our partners.
- Focusing on key issues. We work with our partners and stakeholders to develop regional priorities and action plans that advance these initiatives.
- Creating a movement. We hope to inspire kids and families of all backgrounds and abilities to connect with nature on their own, and work to provide motivation, support, and inspiration to do so by elevating this conversation in our community.
Whether your organization joins the Children’s Forest to network, create visibility, grow your programs, or connect with underserved audiences, there are many benefits of becoming a Children’s Forest partner. Learn more about partner benefits, requirements, and the application process here.