Soon Bob was inspiring young men and women to follow his example. Initiating many decades of work to train a new generation of leaders throughout New England and Atlantic Canada, Bob led eager high school and college students to the North to teach swimming and provide recreational opportunities. He furthermore began, through QLF, to provide scholarship funds to hundreds of promising people from the North, giving them the opportunity to study and develop their own leadership skills.
In the mid-1970s, programs were expanded both geographically and programmatically when QLF offered residential conservation camps and experiential outdoor leadership opportunities for youths, adults, and families. In 1977, under the direction of President Larry Morris, the Atlantic Center for the Environment was created to develop environmental programs throughout the home Region – New England and Eastern Canada.
QLF soon realized its regional programs could be an effective model as countries overseas looked for ways to address environmental issues over an international border. In 1981, QLF created its International Programs to foster an exchange of experience and conservation innovation among organizations and individuals in other regions that face similar challenges and opportunities. Today, our program model of cross-border, bioregional conservation is shared beyond our home region of New England and eastern Canada with conservation leaders in Europe; Central and Southeast Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East North Africa, the Gulf States; and Southeast Asia.
Binding all programs together is QLF’s commitment to leadership development through community service; community-based conservation; and stewardship of natural resources and cultural heritage.