Noon to 4pm. Three days and two nights.
To keep the conference affordable* to organizations of all sizes, we are offering three tiers of pricing:
|Shared Room – Low||$425|
|Shared Room – Mid||$475|
|Shared Room – High||$525|
|Commuter – Low||$350|
|Commuter – Mid||$400|
|Commuter – High||$450|
*Please choose the highest level that your organization can afford.
Payment plans available. $75 deposit at time of registration with remaining balance split into payments charged to your card on Sept 1, Oct 1, Nov 1, Dec 1, and Jan 1.
If you must cancel please provide at least 30 days notice. Cancellations 30 days or more before the first day of the conference will receive a full refund less the non-refundable $75 deposit. Cancellations from 7 days to 30 days prior to a program receive 50% program credit (non-transferable and valid for one year), 50% balance forfeited. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the conference will receive no credit and no refund.
This year’s NCLC is designed for established schools (min 2+ years old). Each school is encouraged to send 2-4 leaders.
Join leaders from Nature Connection organizations throughout North America this January for our 5th annual conference where we will exchange best practices, strengthen our vision, and reenergize ourselves while connecting with peers and fellow leaders.
This year we’ll be at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY, a bucolic 385-acre site with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces. The new location will give us even more access to winter wilderness and more capacity allowing for each of us to bring more members of our teams.
The 2020 NCLC is hosted by Wild Earth in collaboration with Vermont Wilderness School, Sagefire Institute, Two Coyotes Wilderness School, Sassafras Earth Education, Vashon Wilderness Program, and The Wildwood Path.
Reconnect with a community of nature connection leaders.
Remember our original visions for our school, and reflect on our triumphs and challenges.
Reenergize ourselves, sharing inspiring stories, uplifting songs, and time outdoors in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.
Renew our commitment to nature connection and to sustaining vibrant, healthy organizations that make our work possible.
In 2016, leaders from Wild Earth, Two Coyotes, Sassafras Earth Education, and EarthWalk Vermont invited nature connection schools throughout the northeast to come together and focus on strengthening their organizations. The 3-day conference was a big success, 42 leaders from 19 Northeast schools delved into best practices around fundraising, budgeting, marketing, and more.
In 2017, the conference grew to include 46 leaders from 23 nature connection schools throughout North America. Topics included best practices around core topics such as fundraising & budgeting and expanded conversations about decolonization and what it means for us to be allies to other communities.
In 2018, the conference grew to include 49 leaders from 25 nature connection schools throughout North America (including three schools from Canada). At the 2018 conference, Native leaders and wilderness school directors took a deep dive into conversations about what it means for nature connection organizations to be allies to Native peoples.
The NCLC is a collaborative event with participants presenting 90-minute workshops on a variety of topics. Presentations range from didactic powerpoints to interactive discussions and outdoor adventures.
The conference has filled every year, register early to reserve your space.
|2019 WORKSHOPS||2018 WORKSHOPS||2017 WORKSHOPS||2016 WORKSHOPS|
|A Discussion on Compensation and Benefits
Cultural Appropriation & Decolonization- Strategies for Your Programs and Approaches
Financial Aid: Strategies for Equity & Inclusion
Fundraising: Asking for Money (Not for Spectators)
Nature Connection Network
Developing New Qualified Field Staff: A Dialogue of Approaches
Nature Connection & Mentoring in Public Schools
|Board Basics & Beyond
Building Capacity through Community Partnerships
Building Reciprocity with Native Communities: Towards Decolonizing Nature Education
Data Tracking for Effective Storytelling
Decolonizing Panel Presentation & Discussion
Matrilineal Societies: Cross Referencing the Peacemaking Principles From a Female Perspective
Raising Bigger Money from Individual Donors and Foundations
The Nature Connection Leadership Network
What About The Parents?
|Culture of Mentoring & Apprenticeship: Developing Future Staff From Past Participants
Angella Gibbons & John Chiltowski
Getting Serious about Fundraising
Growing Awareness & Opening Conversations around Racial & Social Injustice
Nature Connection and Peacemaking in a Post-2016 Election Environment
Organizational & Program Budgeting
Program Design Workshop
Reaching Under-Served & Urban Youth, Schools & Community Groups
Strategies for Strong Enrollment, Retention, & Customer Relations
The NCL Network: Let’s Work Together!
Using Mentoring Principles to Run Your Organization
We Are Nature Rising
| Accessible to All: Nature Connection for Everyone
Bringing the Vision to Life: Organizational Storytelling
Budgeting, Achieving & Reporting Your Financial Results to Your Board and the Public
Creating an Active & Engaged Support Team, Board, Council of Advisors
Fundraising Success: Expanding Sources of Financial Abundance
Integrating Technology into Your Organization
Leadership Self Care
Program Development & Design
Regenerative Governance & Decision Making
Regenerative Staffing: Hiring, Compensating, Evaluating & Promoting Staff
Success & Sustainability through the Power of Relationship Marketing
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