Dr. Nathaniel Howard
When Dr. Nathaniel Howard was 10, he was first introduced to the Rocky Mountains. They’d been in his backyard the whole time, as a native of Colorado, but it was through a YMCA program that he first got to experience their true majesty. That visit inspired not only his love of nature and the outdoors, but also his love of science and ecology.
Today, Nathaniel has enjoyed more than 30 years as a scientist, adjunct professor, teacher, head coach, principal, government-appointed Quality Teachers Commission member, and published author. In 2019, he joined the Lincoln Hills Care Foundation as president and CEO, which supports the Lincoln Hills Cares Organization through fundraising and program design. Nathaniel directs the management and operation of Lincoln Hills Cares Foundation, as well as driving the branding. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the Lincoln Hills Cares Organization provides Environmental STEM (E-STEM) courses in the Rocky Mountains for city-dwelling youth. He developed the E-STEM programming that Lincoln Hills Cares Organization now offers. “Our programs empower youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity due to economic, social, or family circumstances,” he says. “If they actually see the environment and learn about the green jobs and other careers that are a part of this, they will be able to take part in that with careers in the future.”
“Exposure is key,” he explains. “You have to expose young people to the possibilities. Some might find it by chance, but most of the time, it’s because somebody introduced them to it. Environmental STEM careers are the future, but there’s a lack of women and people of color in this field due to lack of exposure. If you introduce them to these things, the ROI is high. Programs like this work.” The thought that his program is actively helping not only young people find inspiration and direction, but also contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future is what keeps Nathaniel going. “What drives me is the potential, the future. If I can make a difference in at least one of our children’s lives, that’s what drives me, and the idea that that child will influence another and another in the future.”
Dr. Nathaniel Howard
President & CEO — Lincoln Hills Care Foundation