Childrens Nature Institute, The (Beverly Hills, CA)

Name

  • Name:Ms. Lizette Castano
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Childrens Nature Institute, The
  • Address:Franklin Canyon Park
    2600 Franklin Canyon Dr.
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:310-860-9484
  • Main fax:310-860-9019

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User Address

  • Address:Franklin Canyon Park
    2600 Franklin Canyon Dr.
    Beverly Hills, CA 90210
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:310-860-9484
  • Other fax:310-860-9019

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Location

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General

  • Mission:
  • The mission of The Children's Nature Institute (CNI) is to educate young children through interactive experiences with nature, and to inspire a sense of respect and responsibility for the natural environment.

  • History:
  • Since 1985, CNI has served over a quarter of a million young children, their parents and teachers. Founded by Judy Burns, a specialist in early childhood education with a deep appreciation for nature, CNI provides innovative, hands-on environmental education programs tailored specifically to young children. In 1992, we created the Outreach Discovery Program, described in more detail below; the Wonder Mobile was added in 2000 and the Schoolyard Nature Hunts in 2007. Our additional services include Family Nature Walks, which educate families from the general public about the environment and how to use it as a teaching tool; Urban Nature Week, an annual series of events promoting nature awareness in the city; and the Volunteer Training Program, which prepares members of the community to share their love of nature with others by leading CNI field trips. The mission of The Children’s Nature Institute is to educate young children through interactive experiences with nature, and to inspire a sense of respect and responsibility for the natural environment.

  • Year established:1985
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:16
  • Advisory board size:22
  • Staff size:7

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Board of Directors
    President, Judy Burns Fishman
    Vice President, Nancy Berk
    Chief Financial Officer, Don Snyder
    Assistant Chief Financial Officer and Co-Secretary, Joyce Ireland
    Co-Secretary, Bonnie Pastor

    Randy Bishop
    Patrick J. Bowen
    Ron Boyer
    Cynthia Cleveland
    David E. Cranston
    Carol Fuchs
    Mel Kay
    Jena King
    Mark Langford
    Marcie Polier Swartz
    Karla Wiseman-Bright

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Lizette Castano, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Full-time
    Executive Director: Lizette Castaño
    Program Management Assistant: Chris Dragon
    Environmental Educator: Joe Ranoia

    Part-time
    Program and Event Coordinator: Christina Bianchi
    Communications Coordinator: Suzanne Curtis
    Volunteer Coordinator: James Sackheim
    Bookkeeper and HR Associate: Joyce Ireland

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:95-4320598

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