Minneapolis, MN May 27, 2014 – The Natural Leaders Network, a program of the Children & Nature Network, is proud to announce continued support from founding partner U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to continue their work building a worldwide youth movement to strengthen the bond between people and nature.
Co-founded in 2008 with The North Face, and receiving additional support from the REI Foundation, 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,” said Louv, co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Children & 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.”
Another goal of the Natural Leaders Network is to close the diversity gap in the outdoor field while challenging the status quo to become more culturally relevant. Passing down valuable skills and knowledge to the next generation is imperative to success of the movement, according to director of the Natural…