We’re delighted to share that Westcave was recently named one of just 26 recipients for a 2015 Texas Parks and Wildlife CO-OP grant. This $39,000 grant will support a significant expansion of our Natural Leaders Network (NLN) of Austin.
NLN Austin works with youth and young adults ages 16-29 who are interested in becoming leaders in environmental education, outdoor recreation, and conservation. Currently, NLN Austin offers networking opportunities through meetups and career fairs. Our program expansion will feature two exciting components:
Natural Leadership Camp will focus on creating our next generation of environmental stewards and leaders, and will be developed in partnership with the national Children & Nature Network, with the aim of creating a prototype for developing other regional camps across the U.S.
Westcave will be actively collaborating with a number of partners to host camp and year-round conservation projects. Special thanks to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas Parks and Wildlife, El Ranchito, Shield Ranch, El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission, Explore Austin, Texas Children in Nature, and the Children & Nature Network for their generous support and partnership!
Highlights of our inaugural Austin Legacy Camp include:
Members of the Natural Leaders Network of Austin have much to look forward to in the months ahead. And in the years ahead, our community will be greatly benefited by the contributions of these amazing young people.