A special thanks to the 140 grassroots leaders, national advocates, Natural Leaders, and others who came together during the final week of August at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) near Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
This was the sixth annual Grassroots Gathering, which drew participants from the U.S., Canada and Australia, representing thousands of people taking action. Immediately after the Gathering, a few miles away, C&NN’s Natural Leaders conducted its first Legacy Camp, to train other young people to be leaders in the new nature movement.
For a good description of the week by Jackie Ostfeld, and other writing on the theme of this year’s Gathering, please see the links below the poster. More will follow.
We also wish to express our gratitude to NCTC and the sponsors of the Gathering, and all of C&NN’s funders, for their steadfast commitment to connecting this and future generations to the natural world. It’s safe to say that none of us can imagine a year without a Gathering. Using technology for social change is essential, but nothing can replace the sense of community we experience face-to-face.
From the beginning, C&NN’s philosophy has been that no one has a lock on the truth, no size fits all, and that a movement only grows when leaders learn from each other. Without a network, good programs will rise and fall in isolation; but with a growing network, programs will build on the success of others and true cultural change will follow.
At the Gathering, we see the trees and the forest. And the forest is growing.
EVERY CHILD NEEDS NATURE
EVERY CHILD NEEDS NATURE: 12 Questions About Equity & Capacity, by Richard Louv
OCCUPY NATURE: Parks Are For People, by Rue Mapp
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