Service Partnership with Natural Leaders Network Empowers Future Conservation Leaders

Legacy Camp Participants Prepare for a kayaking trip. // Photo Credit: PhotoCredit

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently renewed its support for the Natural Leaders Network (NLN), a non-profit alliance which works actively in 150 communities across the country to help close the diversity gap in the outdoor field while promoting conservation values across broad sectors of society. Since 2008, the Service has supported NLN programs like its Natural Leaders Legacy Camp, which is held annually at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Young people ages 18-29 are competitively selected for the week-long Legacy Camp which focuses on empowering participants to create lasting social changes in their home communities. Camp activities are designed to provide a meaningful, daily connection with the natural world. “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is very excited to be partnering with the Natural Leaders Network to foster the development of the next generation of conservation leaders,” said Nate Hawley, chief of the career awareness branch at NCTC. "The Legacy Camp is the perfect stepping stone for a career in conservation, and we are looking forward to working with the Natural Leaders Network as it expands this program across the nation.”

According to the director of the Natural Leaders Network, Juan Martinez, “Support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlights the agency’s leadership and commitment by helping to ensure a vibrant future of nature-smart leaders which will contribute to an increase in qualified candidates for future positions within the Service.”

Other founding partners of the Natural Leaders Network include the REI Foundation and the North Face. Read more in this recent post about the NLL from the Children and Nature Network.

 -- published --  June 3, 2014
 -- photo credit --  PhotoCredit

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