The Natural Leaders Network, a program of the Children & Nature Network, is proud to announce the largest gift; $200,000 from The REI Foundation to continue their work to build a worldwide youth movement to strengthen the bond between people and nature. Together with the REI Foundation and founding partners The North Face and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Natural Leaders are investing in the next generation of diverse “Nature-Smart” young leaders in a deep and lasting way.
The vision of the Natural Leaders Network is to empower diverse young leaders with the training and skills necessary to create lasting change in their communities to curb Nature-Deficit Disorder. Nature-Deficit disorder is the phrase coined by best-selling author Richard Louv to serve as a description of the human costs of today’s alienation from nature. “The most effective future leaders of a new nature movement will come from the generation and the communities that face the most barriers to connecting with nature,” says Louv, co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children and Nature Network. “That doesn’t mean that the rest of us should expect them to carry the full weight of leadership. It means that every person has a human right to experience and receive the gifts of the natural world.”
The centerpiece of the Natural Leaders Network is the Natural Leaders Legacy Camp. Participants, ages 18-29, are selected through a competitive application process to attend the weeklong Camp. Young leaders receive intensive training and ongoing support to create…
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