Since 2013 the provincial governments have further developed their policies for strengthening social engagement with nature. This study is part of the Second Reflexive Evaluation of the Nature Pact and examined provincial policy strategies for stimulating social engagement with nature. The study examined eight cases involving volunteers, citizens’ initiatives, social care and recreation in eight provinces. The cases analysed the provincial policy programmes and regulations concerning social engagement. From interviews and a document analysis a picture was compiled of stakeholders’ expectations regarding the policies and goals. The outcomes of the policies and experiences of those involved were then assessed in the light of these expectations.