Outdoor education training for land trusts

Photo by Matt Ritenour

K-12 Leadership Summit 2023

As a small land trust just launching a systematic k-12 outreach, this workshop was invaluable to learn from other experts and build a continuous support network to sustain and grow our programs.

—MaryAnn Rozum, Western Wildlife Corridor, Ohio

The K12 Summit provided an invaluable opportunity to learn from other land trusts across the country, while focusing on exploring the possibilities to leverage the resources we have within our own communities—land, partner organizations, schools and more—to map out the expansion of our own programs in the future.

—Charli Williams, Lemhi Regional Land Trust, Idaho

After attending this summit, I was able to find myself, my why, and my purpose. Through impacting my life by providing an opportunity I never could have had otherwise, and convincing me to stick with it, Rob’s hard work in this summit has in turn positively affected the lives of nearly one hundred teens in the court systems and foster care. And I’m just one of so many educators who found this same solace.

—Andrea Foster, Little Forks Conservancy, Michigan

I am increasingly feeling really privileged and honored to have joined this cohort.  The take-aways are still revealing themselves; supportive, potent and greatly appreciated.

—Leah Trommer, Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Maine

WaterSafeguarding the Sierra’s largest source of clean, abundant water
WildlifeProtecting critical habitats for 300+ species of birds and wildlife
Ag & Open SpaceConserving open space and ag lands that host wetlands and wildlife
RecreationPreserving majestic beauty and access to nature-based recreation
Native HomelandsConserving Maidu homelands and supporting cultural connections to land
KidsCultivating a love of nature and stewardship in the next generation
BiodiversityConserving one of the American West’s most biodiverse regions
Climate ResilienceProtecting biodiverse lands and waters that help natural systems thrive
CommunityProtecting treasured landscapes and community connection to land
Whether our kids stay or move away, they will understand things like, "Where does our drinking water come from? What affects that resource?" My kids will never forget these experiences. Outdoor learning fosters critical thinking, creativity, fun, and a real-world context for learning.
- Nicholle Crowther,
4th grade teacher, Chester