Youth in Conservation
The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) have joined forces to host the sixth National Student Climate and Conservation Congress (SC3). The program is intended to equip high school students with conservation leadership skills through a series of plenary and breakout training sessions with adult mentors. The conference includes topics such as energy-efficiency, sustainability, climate change, and conservation history, and will provide an opportunity for student leaders to meet and work with environmental experts, government leaders, scientists, and policy-makers.
SC3 students participate in seven local service projects this week, including the installation of an outdoor classroom at Shepherdstown Elementary, trail clearing at Cullison Park, and removing exotic invasive plants at Morgan's Grove Park. In addition, students will identify specific projects that they will undertake over the following year when they return to their home communities. These on-going National Student Climate and Conservation Service initiatives will be sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance. SC3 participants are nominated by their schools and competitively selected. This year, 100 high school students, 10 college students, and 40 faculty members from across the country are participating. Faculty members come from Green Schools Alliance affiliated schools, academia, and the conservation community.