MARCH 14 - 18, 2016

Natural Leaders
Juan Martinez
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Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center through the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin hosted it's first ever regional Legacy Camp, a five-day, four-night camping retreat that trains young, diverse leaders (ages 18 - 29) in community leadership development and skills training for leading nature-based outings.

The regional Legacy Camp was held on the beautiful Shield Ranch off of Hamilton Pool Road. The camp focuses largely on leadership and outdoor skills, building relationships through the outdoor experience, and introduce the participants to local government and nonprofit leaders.


During the camp, participants take a deep dive into four focus areas:

  • The Power of Personal Narrative
  • Leadership IQ
  • Setting Personal Goals
  • Community Organizing

As a result of camp, the Natural Leaders will use their skills to develop action items that focus on connecting children to nature in our community. Working with CiNCA member organizations these young conservationists will complete their action items affecting positive social change while gaining experience at a professional level. By investing in the next generation of environmental stewards, the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) hopes to bolster the growth of our community’s young environmental leaders.

This is a pilot program of the Natural Leaders Network, an initiative of the Children & Nature Network (national). Learn more about the Natural Leaders Network of Austin.


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CiNCA Organizations Support Natural Leaders!

Our CiNCA Membership Organizations will work in tandeium with Natural Leaders to help connect more children to the outdoors.

  • Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center
  • YMCA
  • Explore Austin
  • LBJ Wildflower Center
  • Watershed Protection Department
  • The Expedition School
  • Waller Creek Conservancy
  • Texas River School
  • TreeFolks
  • Paleontological Society of Austin
  • The Inside Outside School
  • Sierra Club
  • Sustainable Food Center
  • Austin Parks and Recreation
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • The Meadows Center
  • Keep Austin Beautiful
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  • Locke Lord
  • Families in Nature
  • El Ranchito
  • Earth Native Wilderness School
  • EcoRise Youth Innovations
  • Camp Fire
  • Backwoods
  • Austin Youth River Watch
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • American Realty Corporation

The Legacy Camp Story

The Natural Leaders Network is helping to build the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards by fueling a grassroots network to reconnect children, families, and communities to the outdoors. Diverse young leaders are selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Natural Leaders Legacy Camp, where they are trained to create change within their communities to promote outdoor nature-based experiences.

Over the past several years hundreds of young conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts have been connected to each other and the Children & Nature movement through Legacy Camp. Apply for a spot at this year's camp today!

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Photos from Legacy Camp


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