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C&NN Natural Leaders Network

Website: http://www.naturalleaders.org
Members: 115
Latest Activity: Feb 25

The Natural Leaders Network empowers a worldwide youth movement to strengthen the bond between children and nature.
A movement is here. It has arrived and it needs leaders. A legacy lies ready to be written and the ink for that legacy is within the energy of a young diverse generation.

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Party in Nature with Your Group

Looking for a fun and meaningful activity for your group this Summer or Fall?Check out what could be the FEEL GOOD video of…Continue

Started by Dave Room Jul 18, 2014.

Reflections on the Natural Leaders Legacy Camp by Sophie Sarkar

Before attending the Legacy Camp I was feeling a bit stuck.  At age 24, I was lucky to land a great position with a federal agency, doing work with communities to improve access to parks and trails…Continue

Started by Children & Nature Network Dec 4, 2013.

THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NATURE: A New Generation Works for the Human Right to Connect With the Natural World and a Healthy Environment 2 Replies

Four weeks ago, 50+ people left Washington [state] after being reminded of many things that they held valuable and after an introduction to many new ideas. During the week of the Natural Leaders…Continue

Tags: MLK, Dr., King, Dream, Legacy

Started by CJ Goulding. Last reply by Kimberly Banzhaf Nov 20, 2013.

Youth Corps Foster Scientific Inquiry

         Staring confusedly at her Youth Corps Crew Leader, Kelley could not understand how to install a preventative trail erosion structure. Finally, the Crew Leader told her to get an orange out…Continue

Tags: Stewardship, Service, Community, Workforce, Development

Started by Kristen Schulte Sep 5, 2013.

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Comment by Suz Lipman on May 18, 2011 at 9:47am

Congratulations C&NN's national Natural Leaders Coordinator Juan Martinez, named National Geographic Emerging Explorer! http://bit.ly/j02Cxj

Way to go, Juan!

Comment by Suz Lipman on May 6, 2011 at 10:11am
Hi Heather, Juliet and others. (Heather, welcome to the forum!) We are working on a C&NN directory that will be comprehensive and will make it easier to connect with others in your geographic region or area of interest. In the meantime, Heather, were you able to search by state, as Amy suggested? Also, visit www.childrenandnature.org and check out the Movement Map for campaigns and initiatives. On that site, you can also download the Natural Leaders Tool Kit. In addition to the people Amy mentioned as resources, you might also want to contact Avery Cleary (a member here). She may be able to put you in touch with some regional Grassroots leaders. Let us know how your efforts go!
Comment by Juliet Robertson on April 28, 2011 at 10:37am
Oh that's clever! Why didn't I figure this out? I've always been doing a manual page-by-page sift job. Dow!
Comment by amy pertschuk on April 28, 2011 at 9:40am

Heather, and others, one easy way to find local leaders is to go to the members section and type in your two letter State code. For you it would be "CA." There are two big efforts in California -- San Diego and the Bay Area. Leaders are Anne Fege or Mary Roscoe respectively. They are also both here on C&NN Connect. Again -- go to the members section and type in their name to find them.

Comment by Heather King on April 28, 2011 at 9:29am
HOw do I find local leaders in my area on this site? I'd like to have a local network. Thanks!!!
Comment by Zach Pine on February 8, 2011 at 10:57am

Hi Leaders-

An invitation for any local natural leaders to join me in organizing and carrying out my 7th Annual Earth Day Celebration on Stinson Beach (Marin County, CA). Just posted it as a Let's G.O. event. See http://homepage.mac.com/zpine/ed/ed.html for details. Contact me via the address at that website.

-Zach Pine


Comment by Suz Lipman on February 2, 2011 at 1:18pm

Hi Natural Leaders! Do you know about the Good Jobs Green Jobs conference?

Feb. 8-10 in Washington, D.C.

Sowing the Seeds for a Greener Future: Preparing Youth for the Green Economy


Only 3 more days to register.  For more info:



Watch these videos from 2010:

Youth in the Great Outdoors: Laying the Foundation for Green Careers.



Comment by Juliet Robertson on September 11, 2010 at 10:15am
I'm wondering if anyone can help me...

I'm on the hunt for any nomadic outdoor pre-schools - nature, forest, whatever! There's a huge issue over hand hygiene in Scotland happening and I've been asked (voluntarily) to find out what other nomadic outdoor pre-schools do in terms of managing hand hygiene (believe it or not).

These are pre-schools who have no fixed site but walk and visit a variety of different sites during the course of a week. The pre-schools need to operate 5 days per week. If you know of any such pre-school anywhere in the world, please let me know. They can be state run, private, playgroup but must operate daily.

Many many thanks!
Comment by Suz Lipman on July 22, 2010 at 8:20am
YOUTH listening session on America's Great Outdoors San Francisco TOMORROW July 23 http://bit.ly/bhQXY8
Comment by Suz Lipman on July 16, 2010 at 1:46pm
Anyone attending the Listening Session on Pres. Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative tomorrow/Sat. in Albuquerque? Sierra Club Youth & Natural Leaders will be there. If you want to volunteer, partner or need info, contact kristina.ortez@sierraclub.org.

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