Natural Leaders

Natural Leaders

The Natural Leaders Network is helping to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards by fueling a grassroots network to reconnect children, families, and communities to the outdoors. Diverse young leaders are selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Natural Leaders Legacy Camp, where they are trained to create change within their communities to promote outdoor nature-based experiences.

The Natural Leaders Legacy Camp

Each year, a group of 50 – 60 Millennials (ages 18–29) from diverse backgrounds with proven leadership skills is recruited to participate in the intensive 4-day training called The Natural Leaders Legacy Camp. The training curriculum focuses on four key skill areas that prepare young leaders to return to their communities and create lasting change. Growing from 90 communities in 2013 to 150 communities in 2014! Click here to download the FAQs sheet

Click Here to read Richard Louv’s recent post about his participation in the 2015 Legacy Camp.
THE LIGHT OF NATURAL LEADERS: Young People Move the New Nature Movement


There are no webinars scheduled at this time. Click here to view recordings of past NLN webinars.


National Conservation Training Center


Major Support From:

Program Director:

Juan Martinez
Director of Leadership Development and Natural Leaders Network Coordinator

Natural Leaders Legacy Camp FAQs

Click here to download the FAQs sheet


Application Period is Closed
Who can apply for the Legacy Camp?

Are you between 18-29 years old, action oriented with a can-do attitude? We’re looking for applicants who are adaptable, creative, dedicated, dependable, energetic & enthusiastic, good communicators, honest, interested in the outdoors & working with a diverse team, passionate, positive, personable, respectful, responsible, self-motivated, self-aware, teachable, collaborative & altruistic, young leaders who dare to be different & are aware of the needs of their communities. If this is you, we hope you will apply.

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What will I learn during the camp?

The training curriculum focuses on four key skill areas that prepare young leaders to return to their communities and create lasting change

Is there ongoing support after the camp is over?

Social media tools are the key way that Natural Leaders who have been through training connect and share successes with one another and convey their messages out to the larger network of followers of their work. Each Natural Leader becomes a leader in the movement to connect children to nature.

How can I use what I've learned in my community?

Legacy Camp Alumni are actively leading children, teens, families, and their communities in outdoor experiences. As part of the Legacy Camp expectations, trained Natural Leaders return to their communities to ignite grassroots change through leading events that connect and expose people to outdoor experiences.


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