Jon Young

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As a leader in the field of nature-based community building for over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide. In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level.

As the originator of the 8 Shields model, a best-practices process for nature connection mentoring, Jon has implemented vital advancements in the regeneration of nature-based cultural knowledge for the benefit of current and future generations. Jon is a sought-after public speaker and storyteller. Author of What the Robin Knows and co-author of Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature. Learn more about Jon’s work and offerings at