Natural Leaders Network Builds Momentum in Movement to Increase Diversity in the Outdoors

Natural Leaders Network Builds Momentum in Movement to Increase Diversity in the Outdoors
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (JULY 10, 2014) – The Natural Leaders Network, an initiative of the Children & Nature Network, is building momentum around the need for increased diversity in the outdoors. Partnering with the Office of Senator Patty Murray (WA), who has consistently demonstrated active leadership in conservation, outdoor recreation and Latino leadership issues, the Natural Leaders Network convened a panel of experts to discuss this issue with a standing-room only crowd in a hearing room within the Senate Office Building on June 24th. This event was part of Great Outdoors America Week (GO Week), which is the preeminent event celebrating our collective connection to the great outdoors while advocating for its future.

“I’m proud to partner with the Natural Leaders Network and continue this important conversation about expanding the role of Latino youth in outdoor recreation and conservation. Connecting more children and families to outdoor activities is not only critical to their health and wellness, but also to our long-term conservation efforts,” said Senator Patty Murray.

The Briefing, entitled “Building the Next Generation of Diverse Nature-Smart Leaders,” featured panelists from The REI Foundation, The Hispanic Access Foundation, The Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies, and The Wilderness Society. Leaders discussed strategic ways to promote outdoor recreation and conservation among Latino youth, with a robust question and answer portion that kept participants in their seats well past the 1:30pm scheduled finish.

The briefing was designed to address existing challenges and opportunities facing the conservation community…
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