Riveredge Nature Center is thrilled to announce that we have a national ‘Natural Leader’ heading off to training camp at the end of June. Cassie Bauer, our new Family & Community Programs Manager, was one of only 50 diverse young leaders chosen to participate in this transformative program.
Of the program and her involvement, Cassie says: “I am thrilled to share that in the last month I have applied for and been chosen to attend a community leadership training through the Children & Nature Network initiative known as Natural Leaders. In just 30 days I will pack my bags and head to a US Fish & Wildlife National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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. The training curriculum focuses on four key skill areas that prepare young leaders to return to their communities and create lasting change.”
Cassie will be instrumental in helping Riveredge use our resources, expertise, and passion to bring the great outdoors to families, schools, and neighborhoods in the coming year. She’ll help launch local Family Nature Clubs, Riveredge’s part of the national Every Kid in the Part program, and starting a Children & Nature Alliance of Southeastern Wisconsin.
Cassie expands, “I look forward to absorbing knowledge from the 49 other attendees, fully participating in all this camp has to offer, and sharing my experiences with Riveredge and our community upon my return. Happy Trails!”
Good luck and best wishes Cassie as embark on this exciting path toward becoming a national Natural Leader!