National Conservation Training Center

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Program Director:

Monica Lopez Magee
Director of Community Leadership Development

Program Director:

CJ Goulding
Manager of Community Leadership Development

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Empowering the next generation
of nature-smart changemakers

Our Natural Leaders initiative is building a network of diverse young leaders working to increase equitable access to nature in their communities. We provide training, ongoing support and peer-to-peer mentoring for this growing network. To date, we’ve trained more than 200 Natural Leaders working in 178 communities in 47 states in 4 countries.



Last August, Natural Leaders had the honor of mentoring and training young adults participating in Fresh Tracks – a program inspired by President Obama’s commitment to connect more young Americans to nature. This partnership with My Brother’s Keeper, Sierra Club, IslandWood, REI and Zumiez will enable emerging leaders from South Los Angeles and Arctic Alaska to experience each other’s cultures and communities — and build leadership and workforce skills. Some of them even got to meet the President!
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What’s your legacy?

Legacy Camp is our signature leadership training for diverse, emerging leaders between the ages of 18 and 26 years-old. Participants in this multi-day intensive training leave camp with the skills and support they need to develop community-driven action plans to increase nature access for all. Legacy Camp curriculum is built upon four foundational pillars. >Read More


2018 Colorado Legacy Camp

C&NN returns to Colorado for a second Regional Legacy Camp in partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado, August 24- 26 at YMCA Estes Park. There is no cost to attend camp. Colorado leaders between the ages of 18 and 26 who are interested in connecting to nature, developing their leadership skills and taking action in their communities are invited to apply. Learn More>

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Natural Leaders Legacy Camp FAQs

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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. For additional information contact us at:
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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