Featured in the Women in Conservation issue of Saving Land in 2018, Little Forks Conservancy has worked to create inclusive programming that breaks down barriers and introduces conservation to today’s youth. The Nature/Nurture program, working with roots in mindfulness, teaches important aspects of conservation practices like stewardship, climate change, understanding and battling invasive species, wildlife habitat and how to personally connect with the outdoors. All students plan and complete a service project, and learn how to be an important and helpful part of their community. In this session, attendees will learn how through the importance of strong leadership, community partnerships and an inclusive staff mindset, land trusts can appeal to the next generation of conservationists by bringing an appreciation of nature and the outdoors to under-served youth and adults. Working within alternative school spaces has proven to bring an element of diversity and inclusion to what has traditionally been an activity and passion for Caucasian males. In order to bring new voices and diverse individuals to conservation, land trusts need to start thinking outside the box and meeting people where they are at. As a small land trust, Little Forks Conservancy has created partnerships throughout the community that allow their five person staff to do the work of a much larger organization.
Session Level: Intermediate Session Location: Raleigh Convention Center