Public Lands and Indigenous Peoples with Len Necefer

Taught by:
Online Videos
Multiple Resources
Live Webinar and Q&A
One-on-One Mentorship

In today's world, respecting public lands and indigenous peoples is more important than ever. And few people can show us the way better than Dr. Len Necefer. His rare combination of knowledge is here for you to absorb—accumulated over his years as a professor of American Indian Studies and Public Policy at Arizona State University, an avid adventurer, and the CEO of Natives Outdoors. Simply put: If you spend time outdoors, it’s critical to hear Necefer’s facts and wisdom. Every single learning will inform your next adventure, while giving you a platform to educate your fellow outdoors lovers, too.

It's more important than ever for outdoor recreationists to respect public lands and indigenous peoples. We've tapped into one of the industry's brightest minds to bridge the gap.

What you're going to learn:

  • The history of your public lands and why it matters
  • How tribes and the outdoor community have lead to the largest conservation wins ever
  • The traditions of land stewardship among indigenous peoples
  • Your role as an outdoor recreationist
  • And much more (see course contents above for full syllabus👆🏼)

Course Introduction

Your Public Lands - A Brief History

Today, we celebrate our public lands for the adventures they offer us all. But the creation of public lands has a darker, complex story we need to understand.

Indigenous Peoples - The Ultimate Land Stewards

This lesson explores what it truly means to be connected to the land by observing indigenous peoples' ecological traditions.

The Roles Tribes Play in Public Land Management Today

Indigenous peoples are the most valuable consultants and decision-makers for our public lands. This lesson explores how they lead the way.

Case Study: Sacred Indigenous Sites and Climbing

This unique case study explores how indigenous peoples have informed and improved climbing in response to harm done to sacred lands.

Bears Ears - Tribes and Climbers Working Together

Using Bears Ears Monument as an example, we explore how various groups of people can find common ground to protect land together.

Reducing Conflict Between Tribes & The Outdoor Community

This final lesson explores how we can reduce conflict between tribes and the greater outdoor community to ensure a better path forward.


Wow, there was so much in this course I never knew before! It gave me a whole new perspective on land use and how we recreate. I think it's so cool Crux Academy did a course on this.

Fiona R.

I am so grateful that Dr. Necefer took the time to create this course. It was informative, fun, and easy to complete. I live in Canada, so I had a lot to learn about land management roles and responsibilities in the U.S. Similar issues emerge, but the available solutions are different. And, context is everything when building respectful relationships and seeking authentic collaboration. Thanks for your work!

Jane H.

Every outdoor adventurer needs to take this course. Whether you're a skier, a biker, or anything in between, Len's understanding of public lands and indegineous peoples is really important to take in. It definitely changes the way I recreate outside, and I'm really thankful for this newfound knowledge.

Mark M.

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