A Growing Community

What a thrilling week! Surrounded by the wonders of nature at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska, a motivated group of natural outdoor classroom users and advocates came together during the Nature Explore/Outdoor Classroom Project Leadership Institute to learn from each other and enhance our shared mission of connecting children with nature. I saw first-hand how engaged participants, presenters, hosts and staff members united as a community to support stronger connections to nature.


Hear what this year’s participants had to say about their time at the Leadership Institute:


It was a rewarding and worthwhile experience – I am leaving with new resolve and inspiration and hope to motivate my staff to do even more than they/we do outdoors.”


“Phenomenal. It was such a source of positivity, love and joy. I enjoyed all of the activities and amazing people in the room.”


“Invigorating and refreshing. It was also captivating and enlightening in that I was able to reflect on myself as an educator.”


“I learned a lifetime of information in 4 days. Wow, how do I begin – so glad to have finally been able to attend. The supportive encouraging environment – over 200 people became a community. The learning, inspiration, networking, conversation, sharing, was beyond my expectations and I have much to process.”


“Rejuvenating – it’s a time for connection and reflection.”


Click here to share your experiences and view photos from the event, and make sure to mark your calendars for the 2018 Leadership Institute, July 22-25, 2018. We are looking forward to continued connections and hearing about your commitment to children and nature.