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Children of the Earth United offers a listing of nature organizations as a way of letting people know about the special activities that are taking place.   The information listed below has been provided by the organizations. Children of the Earth United's representatives have not had the opportunity to visit each organization and therefore do not make any specific claims as to the quality of the facilities or programs. 


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Appalachian Bear Center Grass Roots & Shoots - Nigeria
Centre for Environmental Education India Green Guerillas
Children of the Earth Hudson Valley Raptor Center
Children of the Earth United
(This web site is a program of Children of the Earth United)
International Crane Foundation
Compassionate Kids Patrick Cronin Youth Organization
Development Index Servicio de Envío de Información Ambiental
Dream Change Coalition Society of Earth Savers
Environmental Concern University of Philippines Amphiprion Society
Global Response Young General Assembly


Appalachian Bear Center
438 Lawson Road
Townsend, TN 37882
Phone: (423) 448-0143
Web site:

The Appalachian Bear Center (ABC) is located just outside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Townsend, Tennessee, and is a one of a kind 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides an urgently needed alternative for wildlife officials trying to save the lives of orphaned black bear cubs and injured black bears. The ABC’s three-fold mission is: 1.) to educate the public about black bears and the regional threats facing them; 2.) to rehabilitate orphaned and injured bears for release to the wild; and 3.) to research bear attributes which may help solve other environmental or health issues.

In 1998, the ABC was able to reach thousands of children and adults to educate them about black bears and teach them the importance of sound management techniques. In order to reach as many people as possible, the ABC employed various outreach tactics. Smaller children (ages 5-15) were called upon to gather food for the Bear Center’s annual "ABC Bear Food Drive". More mature crowds were treated to slide presentations and lectures given throughout the Eastern Tennessee area, but most people were able to hear about the ABC through various media sources. The ABC also attended many area events which focused on the environment and/or education.

The Appalachian Bear Center accepted and/or released 19 orphaned black bear cubs from the Eastern Tennessee area in 1998. The acorn shortage, forced the majority of bears into populated areas in search of food, thus subjecting them to conflicts with man and his pets. The reasons for orphaning were varied but mostly due to automobile accidents, illegal hunting and dog attacks. Besides most of the bears being malnourished, some of the more severe injuries to the cubs included two bears with broken hind legs, one bear which was presumably attacked by a dog, one bear with a severe gunshot wound, and multiple bears with concussions and abrasions. The average weight of an orphaned cub brought to the ABC during this time period was 9.5 kg (21 lbs.) while the average weight upon release was 23kg (51 lbs.). Eighteen of the bears were released between January 6,1998 and July 31, 1998 (one of the cubs had to be euthanized due to the severity of its’ injuries). The rehabilitated bears were released throughout the Cherokee National Forest - Tellico Wildlife Management Area (13 releases) and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (5 releases). Thirteen of the released bears were radio collared and tracked with the assistance of a University of Tennessee graduate student. None of the bears treated at the ABC ended up in a nuisance situation after their releases!

For a special treat, visit their web site to learn more about the ABC’s amazing rehabilitation activities.



 Centre for Environment Education
Ahmedabad, Gujarat  380054
Phone: 91-79-26858002
Web Sites: : &

The Centre for Environment Education is a national Institute engaged in developing programmes and materials to increase awareness about the environment. CEE was established in 1984 as a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Education, supported by the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. It is affiliated to the Nehru Foundation for Development. CEE's primary objective is to improve public awareness and understanding of environmental issues with a view to promote the conservation and wise use of nature and natural resources.



Children of the Earth
26 Baycrest Dr.
So. Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: (802) 862-1936
Web Site:

The Children of the Earth, Inc. dedicates itself to the building of a better future for all children. To promote this, Children of the Earth offers children and youth leadership skills programs at home and abroad; educational workshops, conferences and addresses at national and international forums, and fosters building networks and coalitions of groups with common purposes to further the concept of building greater global cooperation, multicultural understanding, spiritual values and ethical living skills, as well as social responsibility. Children of the Earth, Inc. uses as its platform documents that support and further the intention of the United Nations and its Charter. Programs and presentations address the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Human Rights Declaration, the Earth Charter, the Culture of Peace and other United Nations™ treaties and declarations which import the deeper meaning of living as a globally conscious society striving for world peace and greater individual equity.

To these ends, program processes designed by Children of the Earth staff are used globally, are integrated into existing youth programs, help establish and formulate new educational programs in various countries as well as offer speakers to attend conferences and workshops and contribute presentations on relevant topics which further a better life for all children.



Compassionate Kids
Web Site:

Compassionate Kids is a non-profit organization that teaches children compassion towards the Earth, People, and Animals. The website  has articles such as Volunteering with Children & Activism with Children, book reviews, and free, printable activities. Local chapters have compassion-oriented field trips and community service-related events. They  are a new organization but they already have active chapters in three states and members in three countries. Membership is free.


Development Index 
Kha Segunbagicha, (3rd Floor)
Dhaka 1000,  Dhaka
Phone: 88028353604 

INDEX was established in 1994 as a Community Based Organization (CBO) for providing consultancy services on development in different sectors. INDEX has incorporated a multidisciplinary team of experts, having long experience in dealing with development issues and multi-sectoral/multi-disciplinary approaches. INDEX is engaged in carrying out activities on a wide range of issues in various fields including development, resource management, water & sanitation and environment.

Specific services include: Environmental assessment of projects; Environmental management; Management of industrial effluents and waste; Environmental and natural resources survey and mapping; Environmental quality monitoring of water, air and soil; Environmental awareness and advocacy; Environmental education and training; Participatory environmental management; Social impact assessment of projects and public consultation; Environmental reporting; & Environmental technology.




Dream Change Coalition
P.O. Box 31357
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Web Site:

The Dream Change Coalition is a grass roots movement dedicated to encouraging sustainable lifestyles for the individual and the global community.

In the U.S., the Dream Change Coalition is managed by the non profit organization, Dream Change Inc. Their objective of inspiring earth honoring changes in consciousness is accomplished through:

  • Forest conservation projects that support and apply indigenous wisdom

  • Programs that educate and foster environmental and social balance

The Shuar of Ecuador believe that "the world is as you dream it." Through the encroachment of the modern world into their realm, they have come to realize that their contemporaries have been busy dreaming an environmental nightmare of conquering and controlling nature's resources. They asked their friend of three decades, author John Perkins to help birth a new vision for the industrialized societies. DCC emerged from their collective "dreamings" and the responsive actions of committed individuals from diverse cultures.




Environmental Concern
201 Boundary Lane, P.O. Box P
St. Michaels,  MD  21663 
Phone: (410) 745-9620 

Founded in 1972, Environmental Concern is dedicated to promoting public understanding and stewardship of wetlands through education and outreach, native species horticulture and creation initiatives.  Located in St. Michaels, MD, they are home to the nation's first wholesale plant nursery.  Their education department travels the world teaching educators how to integrate wetlands into their classrooms using their two curriculum guides, WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands and POW! The Planning of Wetlands. 


Global Response
P.O. Box 7490
Boulder, Colorado  80306
Phone: (303)444-0306

Global Response, an international network for environmental action and education, publishes Young Environmentalist’s Actions for students in grades 3-8 and Global Response Actions for high school students and adults.  These Action Bulletins teach young people about global environmental issues and the local communities that are struggling to stop the destruction of valuable forests, rivers, wetlands, and habitats.  Each Action Bulletin invites young people to write letters to help a specific community defend its natural resources and its right to a safe, healthy environment. And each bulletin gives follow-up reports on past Actions, so students learn how their letters have helped solve environmental problems around the globe. 

By participating in Global Response letter-writing campaigns, young people around the world can:

•help protect endangered species and the planet’s biological diversity
•learn the skills for active, responsible, democratic citizenship
•collaborate with people of many nationalities, cultures and ecosystems

Global Response offers FREE Teachers’ Packets with lots of great ideas for using Young Environmentalists Actions (YEAs) and Global Response Actions in the classroom and in after-school activities.


Grass Roots & Shoots - NIGERIA
188, Awolowo Road
Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
Web Site:

Attn: Femi Folorunso
Tel: 2348044103562

The Grass Roots & Shoots NIGERIA is a group of young Nigerians that promote care and concern for people, animals and the environment through educational activities and hands-on service projects. As a member of the international network of Roots & Shoots groups worldwide, they foster respect and compassion for all living things, they promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, they also inspire each individual to take an action to make the world a better place for the environment, the animals and the communities. Their group is a window for young people who have realized that they have a part to play in securing a better world for the future, and have decided to make a change.

They are currently  undertaking projects on - how young people in their communities can promote sustainable developments especially in the grassroots. They plan to educate youth in their communities on the roles young people can play to make our environment a better place for all, and to do this, they will need books both to empower and also share amongst participants so that they can  better understand what more they can do to protect our planet. They are looking for donations of  related books, posters, paper files, CDs.  If you can help them out, please e-mail the above address to make arrangements

Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute's (JGI) global, environmental and humanitarian program for youth. It is an international network of young people and their mentors who are committed to making the world a better place for all living things. Although Roots & Shoots groups come from more than 68 different countries, speak different languages and range in age from toddlers to young adults, they are united by the belief that we can make a positive impact on our communities and the world around us.




Green Guerillas
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 674 - 8124
Web Site:

Since 1973, Green Guerillas' staff and volunteers have helped hundreds of grassroots groups turn vacant, rubble strewn lots in New York City into vibrant community gardens. Community gardens not only beautify a neighborhood, but serve as outside environmental, educational, cultural and social centers. With Green Guerilla's help, communities grow food, plant flowers, educate youth, paint colorful murals and are shown how to preserve their gardens as vital community centers for future generations. Today, Green Guerillas have helped create 700 gardens in New York City. The 6 person staff, 700 members and 200 volunteers that make up Green Guerillas continue to help communities get the plants, materials and know how they need to create and maintain a community garden.



Hudson Valley Raptor Center
RR 1 ~ Box 473B, South Road
Stanfordville,NY 12581
(914) 758 - 6957
Web site:

A unique and exciting place for children and adults alike to learn about B Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Great Horned Owls, and many other wild birds of prey. Located on 91 scenic acres, the Hudson Valley Raptor Center has over 100 raptors (birds of prey) of 20 species, many are threatened or endangered.
     The Hudson Valley Raptor Center:
~    provides medical care for injured raptors;
~    returns recovered birds to the wild;
~    provides sanctuary for unreleasable birds;
~    breeds permanently injured birds so that the young may take their place in the world; and
~    gives people an opportunity to meet and learn about birds of prey.



International Crane Foundation
P.O. Box 447
E-11376 Shady Lane Road
Baraboo, WI 53913-0447
Phone: (608) 356-9462
Web site:

The International Crane Foundation (ICF) works worldwide to conserve cranes and the wetland and grassland communities in which they depend. The International Crane Foundation is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to these ecosystems. To accomplish its mission, the ICF, a non-profit organization, relies on a wide range of educational and conservation activities directed towards the many countries that cranes inhabit. A collection of captive cranes is maintained at their headquarters near Baraboo, Wisconsin. There the members of the ICF pursue vital techniques for crane preservation: captive breeding and reintroduction into the wild. This, combined with their many research efforts, enables them to conduct many educational programs. Families groups and schools can visit the site and also benefit from outreach programs such as staff presentations and the Midwest Crane Count. Second, the ICF strives to inform people throughout the US, through outreach programs, educational materials and films, national media coverage of their programs and a very informational web site. On an international level, they train and offer expertise in habitat management, restoration, ecology, captive management and propagation to colleagues in many countries. Check out their excellent web site for more information on the wonderful things that this organization is involved in and for great background information on the unique and beautiful creatures this organization strives to protect.



Patrick Cronin Youth Organization
 Patrick Cronin Village 
Camaman-an, Macajalar,  Cagayan de Oro City Philippines  9000  
Phone: 63 916 8564089

The mission statement of the Patrick Cronin Youth Organization (P.C.Y.O.)  is to provide a safe and wholesome environment dedicated to all youth in the community. Their goal is develop positive values, high esteem and a philosophy of nurturing  members to reach their full potential as successful Filipino youth citizens. Their goal is to provide a comprehensive schedule of quality programs and services that attempt to fully develop all who join the organization.



Servicio de Envío de Información Ambiental
 Del Departamento de Educacion & Museología
Fundacion de Historia Natural Felix de Azara
Armenia 2104- 7 "D"
 1425- Cap Fed
+5411 4832 6745
Web Site:

SIA Argentina  is a non profit environmental information service that offers information on many environment topics IN SPANISH at no cost through e-mail.  They  also offer information via postal mail for people living in Argentina and people that do not have internet access. They often receive requests from teachers, students, rural community leaders and ordinary citizens.



Society of Earth Savers
Town and Country Hghts Subd.
Brgy San Luis, Antipolo, Rizal,  1860
Phone: 6326442224 loc.112

A school-based organization who works with other organizations in educating the youth, saving the remaining natural resources and exploring the exquisiteness of nature.




 University of the Philippines (UPV) Amphiprion Society
Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo,  5023  ~ Philippines

The UPV Amphiprion Society is an organization established by Marine Biology students of University of the philippines in the Visayas. This organization aims to increase the awareness of the students of the importance of the marine environment.  It also encourges preservation and conservation of marine life.  So far, as a newly established organization, the activity that was undertaken by the members of this organization is the MANGROVE planting and coastal clean-up in Taklong, Island Guimaras, one of the national marine reserve in the Philippines.



Young General Assembly
151 North Ellsworth Avenue, Suite 6
San Mateo, California 94401, USA
Tel/Fax: +1-650-340-8940

The Young General Assembly is an international organization designed, developed, and established by Charter by a global movement of people under 18. It aims to serve as a voice for those under 18 in international affairs and to unite the young people of the world in responsible action through the project plans designed at annual Young GA sessions. The organization is run by an Executive Committee of people under 18, a Finance Committee of people over 18, and a Special Issue Committee of people both under and over 18. The Secretariat is the communications hub. The Young General Assembly is made up of 104 Member Organizations in 52 countries and involves over 1.5 million young people worldwide. It promotes the United Nations effort to build world peace. In 1995, the Young GA proposed Hear the Children Day of Peace to be observed on the third Tuesday of every September. It is a day when adults hear what children have to say and then partnerships are formed so projects can be initiated to improve local communities.

*Awarded special consultative status by ECOSOC and UNICEF.



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