What began as a teen field trip program, based out of the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the California Academy of Sciences in 2011, has blossomed into a robust and productive grassroots organization.
Educationally, CAN! has provided thousands of San Franciscans with direct access to nature in their schools, homes and places of work. By removing pavement exactly where students study and SF residents reside, CAN! is cultivating direct nature-human contact. Studies show that the more contact individuals have with nature (especially young people) the more likely they will be to care about nature while makings choices that conserve nature.
With support from our partners CAN! has successfully removed over 22,000 ft2 of pavement in San Francisco to date, mostly at SFUSD public schools.
Partnering with various school communities, public agencies and private residents, CAN!’s program areas include environmental education, watershed and ecological restoration, cultural landscape preservation, green infrastructure cultivation and green jobs development.
Climate Action Now! is a grassroots organization, fiscally sponsored by the SF Parks Alliance.