Legacy Camp Comes to Seattle

The Natural Leaders Network (NLN) continues to build a network of diverse young leaders working to increase equitable access to nature in their communities. At Legacy Camp, leaders will develop and exercise skills and strategies for connecting their communities to nature through training, support, empowerment and opportunities for leadership development. Our Natural Leaders Network is expanding, now offering four regional Legacy Camps a year. Seattle is our third regional camp — and the first of 2017.  

NLN is thrilled to partner with IslandWood, REI and the YMCA BOLD/GOLD program to offer this training and community-building opportunity in the Pacific Northwest Region.

We’d like to thank our Seattle Legacy Camp partners for their great work and eagerly anticipate working with them going forward. Together, we are growing towards our unifying goal: a future in which all communities have fair and equal access to nature in their everyday lives.

The participants in our Seattle Legacy Camp come from a variety of communities (Seattle area, Portland, Vancouver, and Los Angeles) and organizations, forming a network of collaborative leaders working to create change.

These organizations include:

Brightwater Education Center
Capitol Land Trust
Environmental Professionals of Color
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Seattle Parks & Recreation Department
South Sound Estuary Association
Student Conservation Association
The Mountaineers
Thurston Eco Net
University of Washington
YMCA Earth Service Corps

The Natural Leaders Network is an initiative of the Children and Nature Network. We would like to thank REI for their support, collaboration, and partnership in this initiative — and Islandwood, our partner and host.

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GOCO Partnership Brings Legacy Camp to Colorado

Our Natural Leaders initiative is partnering with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to recruit two young adults (aged 18 to 24) from 20 Colorado communities to participate in Legacy Camp training  Each of these communities is supported by GOCO’s Inspire Initiative, a five-year strategy aimed at inspiring Coloradans, particularity children, to appreciate, enjoy and take care of Colorado’s great outdoors.

At Colorado Legacy Camp, these 40 participants will further their knowledge and skills in community organizing, leadership, telling their personal narrative to empower change and action planning.The training will help participants grow as leaders within the Inspire Initiative and within the national movement to reconnect children and families to nature.

For more information about the Colorado Legacy Camp, contact the Natural Leaders Network.


“We are excited to partner with GOCO, a strong statewide organization that is building close partnerships with community-based organizations to increase access to nature for all children, regardless of income, race or location. Our Colorado Legacy Camp and GOCO’s ongoing efforts will help diversify and strengthen connections to nature and conservation activism throughout the state.” Juan Martinez

Director of Training and the Natural Leaders Network


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