Real People, Real Stories
Every day across the country, courageous people are speaking out for the natural world to protect their families, their communities and their livelihoods. Read real stories about how everyday people are using their outside voices to make a difference – then join our cause.
“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1912
“I use my outside voice because if we can increase the amount of green space, nature has a better chance of thriving.”
Seventh Grader - Pennsylvania
“I use my outside voice any chance to evoke action, transform attitudes, and spur real change.”
Ohio State University Graduate - Clintonville, Ohio
“I use my outside voice because living in this unique valley is totally natural and amazing with all it has to offer!”
North East, Pennsylvania
“It’s my duty to speak out and share my experiences and hopefully my story can make a difference.”
Volunteer TIS Support - TNC in Missouri
“It’s important to speak about what you believe in.”
Community-college science professor and bird-watcher - Adirondacks, New York
“People are looking for places that retain a sense of character.”
Former Mayor of Palm Desert, California - Palm Valley, California
“We are profoundly connected to nature whether we know it or not.”
Student, Rice University - Houston, Texas
“Speak up for the importance of traditional lands.”
Native Hawaiian - Kahuku Ranch, Hawaii
“Everyone should use their voices, their bodies, their minds to take action on behalf of nature.”
Member of Team Nature and new father - Long Island, NY
“Learn about issues like where your drinking water comes from.”
Environmental science teacher - Danville, Pennsylvania
“Support all types of life – not just animals, not just land, but everything in between.”
Student - East Hartford, Connecticut
“Someone has to speak for future generations.”
Water district manager, father and hunter - Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee
“If you abuse the land, it’s not going to be here for the next generation.”
Retired farmer, county judge and avid boater - Crittenden County, Kentucky
“Take a hike with your friends or family – show them what inspires you.”
Restoration enthusiast - Boyds, Maryland
“Sometimes, conservation awareness can be raised simply by speaking up.”
New York City LEAF Intern - Queens, New York
“Sometimes the things that are most important are the things we take for granted.”
New York City LEAF Alumnus - Poughkeepsie, New York
Everyone has a story to tell. How are changes in your local wildernesses, parks and special places affecting you and your community? What special places do you think should be saved forever? What natural treasures do you value in your own community and want to pass on to the next generation? Share your story -- speak up for nature to help save the places we love!
Donald Quarles IV
I'm sick of people trashing our once pristine planet. Let's bring back a respect for nature that has long been dormant if not non-existent in too many people today.
looking for a home
My Greatgrandmother was descendent from the American Indians and married with Portuguese Descendants in Brazil. Some of my school holidays were spent at their farm, where I would spend hours bare foot in her private forst, small river and my Christmas presents were not toys they were cows...
When my mum was at school age, Grandmother went to town and hired a teacher, gave him a house in her property and set up a school for all kids around. Three years passed the teacher comes for a cup of coffee to talk to grandmother and tell her that he had nothing else to teach the kids, he had given them all that he knew...Grandmother travels further and decides to move to town with some of her grand kids, while grandad continues to work in he farm to support their studies in town as well as the school hat carried own in the farm.
Today I live in London, have a pile of certificates in IT, Property Development, Urban Planning, had opportunities to set up a residents association and work with local government agencies in the regeneration of the historic Industrial Revolution cities of Britain... I have seen opportunities and resources been taken for granted... My heart some days dismays because when I look to my grandmother Initiative and legacy... I have miles and miles to walk to even get started on her journey of giving herself for the next generation...
I am all for farms... But urban farms too... Giving back the Garden of Eden and the joy of eating the fruit that you can produce on the wealth of public spaces. I am for the Year of Jubilee Emigration Bill that grants the ones that work our lands and fill our tables the blessing and dignity of their work. I am for transitory seasonal cards that give them more than the fair wages, also he freedom to come and go and work their little lands to...
Because that is the how America was built by people that in God trust to be blessed to be a blessing.
Laura Lezlie Rice
Well I grew up in the South, Mostly Tennessee, Arkansas & Texas. A few years ago I took a trip to the Ozarks. I was so sad so many of the mountains were almost clear cut. I like to climb the observation towers to take pictures but no this time. I didn't want to take pictures. I love the outdoors, but I'm also concerned about nature, maintaining habitat for wildlife, clean air, clean water. Hey guys if we don't keep a clean house it is all over...get my drift?
Just a simple person who loves God and all that He created. Value everything we have been entrusted with and want to preserve the world in it's natural, and balanced state.
This is the only planet capable of supporting human life, we should protect it!
My family has valued nature and conservation for generations. My great grandfather on my mom's side worked for the DNR planting wind-breaks on farms to avoid another Dust Bowl. My dad's side of the family has been farming for generations. We have a family tradition of camping at Sibley State Park near my grandparents and cousin's homes over Memorial Day weekend every year. I live near the Gateway Trail which we have utilized fairly often to bike to Stillwater or explore Saint Paul and Phalen Park. I also attended Girl Scout camp in the Chequamegon National Forest in Wisconsin and worked there for most of a summer. I worked for a month and a summer at Girl Scout Camps near Waterville and Houston, MN and enjoyed my time there. conservation is incredibly important to me and I look forward to sharing the wilderness and parks with the next generation.
Ponca City OK
I am a current graduate student in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. My graduate cohort, CLTL 2.0, is headed to Chiapas, Mexico soon to work on conservation issues there.
Well you know my story and I hope to show you more when you visit South Africa.
I know that investing in conservation is the only way we can help keep America beautiful, strong, prosperous and healthy. I am proud to join a community of people who speak up for nature to help save the places we love.