A Westcave Preserve long-time friend and mentor on all things related to strategic development. In fact, it’s fair to say that Westcave Preserve may not even exist were it not for Lee’s ongoing generosity and leadership. He served as the chair of the Westcave Board, and has been its primary benefactor, for more than 25 years. Imagine, more than a quarter of a century of dedicated leadership and support to Westcave Preserve!
It was Lee’s skills in collaborative leadership that generated the funds to build our fabulous Warren Skaaren Environmental Learning Center and those same skills have guided us in a new and expanded strategic direction. Three years ago, after reading Last Child in the Woods, Lee picked up the phone and invited its author, Richard Louv, to come to Austin to speak. Since then we have launched the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin which has a mission of getting more kids from Central Texas out into nature more often.
Fortunately for Westcave, Lee is the quintessential collaborator - many would say a collaboration magnet. In fact we have named an award, presented at the annual Celebration of Children in Nature, in his honor: the E. Lee Walker Award for Collaboration. Past recipients include Youth Launch for their Urban Roots Program and Texas Wildlife Association, together with National Wildlife Federation for their collaboration in creating the public sector’s Partnership for Children and Nature.