News Release: CJ Goulding Announced as 2019 Murie Spirit of Conservation Rising Leader Awardee


DATE: June 19, 2019

CJ Goulding to Receive the Murie Spirit of Conservation Rising Leader Award
Goulding selected for his mentorship and leadership in connecting others to their communities and natural spaces

MOOSE, Wyo. – The Murie Ranch of Teton Science Schools is pleased to announce that CJ Goulding will be recognized with the Murie Spirit of Conservation Rising Leader Award. The award dinner will be held on August 13 at 5:30 p.m. at The Murie Ranch in Moose, Wyoming. As announced in April 2019, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, National Geographic photographer and mountain sports athlete Jimmy Chin will receive the 2019 Murie Spirit of Conservation Award at the event.

Mr. Goulding is currently the Manager of Community Leadership Development for the Children and Nature Network. Goulding is passionate about facilitating growth in people, community, and leadership. In his work with the Children & Nature Network and Fresh Tracks, CJ trains, mentors and supports a national network of over 360 diverse leaders who are changing systems and creating equitable access to nature in their communities. This work draws from experience leading outdoor trips, conservation crews and youth internship programs for the National Park Service.

Teton Science Schools’ Executive Director, Chris Agnew stated, “We celebrate Jimmy Chin’s selection of CJ Goulding as our 2019 Murie Rising Leader. CJ’s work enabling supporting access and learning for young leaders in nature is essential to empower the future Mardy and Olaus Muries in an inclusive and equitable manner.”

CJ was a graduate of the NPS Academy with Grand Teton National Park and Teton Science Schools. He completed a MaED in Urban Environmental Education with IslandWood and Antioch University, where he studied the power of community and its connection to nature in urban settings. CJ has been featured in the Outdoor Industry’s inaugural “30 Under 30” list highlighting game changers in the outdoor industry, and his essay “Why I Wear Jordans in the Great Outdoors” has been published and featured in culturally relevant and outdoor curriculum across the country.

Mr. Goulding stated, “Constellations aren’t built just off the strength of the brightest star. Constellations are groups of stars that come together for a bigger purpose. In receiving this award, I want to thank people who paved the way and supported me, the peers and colleagues I stand beside in doing this work, and the many leaders I will continue to pour into all creating change and creating equitable connections between their communities and the outdoors.”

Limited tickets remain, visit or call 307.732.7765 for more information and to purchase tickets.


About The Murie Legacy
As a founding board member of Teton Science Schools, Mardy Murie’s legacy is carried forth on The Murie Ranch, in every Teton Science Schools program and the 106 million acres of federal public lands as designated and protected as wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act championed by Mardy. There were four Muries: Olaus and Mardy, Adolph and Louise, two half-brothers who married two half-sisters. All were great biologists, writers and leaders in the conservation movement.

About Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools (TSS) inspires curiosity, engagement and leadership through transformative place-based education. For more than 15,000 learners per year, the place-based approach increases engagement, learning and community impact. Located on four campuses in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Idaho, TSS programs include an independent school serving students pre-K through 12th grade, field education for schools and visitors from around the world, and educator development.

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