Youth Outdoor Network Leadership Team

The Nature Connection

2018 Outstanding Youth Environmental Leadership Award Recipient

Youth Outdoor Network Leadership Team

The Youth Outdoor Network leadership team, part of The Nature Connection in Hotchkiss, Colorado, has been instrumental in researching, developing, and promoting environmental education for youth in Delta County and Olathe. Members of the team helped to direct, pilot, and refine programs and outings not only for themselves, but for all youth. In addition to helping connect over 6000 youth to public lands and nature spaces through place and youth program development, YON members also participate in community outreach as well as career exploration for high school youth in natural resource fields, with assistance from many public, private, and non-profit Western Slope agencies.