Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future

This summer, these urban youths are leaving the city behind to spend a few months in nature.

LEAF in Illinois

The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program provides paid summer internships for high school students and helps educators from environmental high schools share best practices and scientific resources. The long-term goal of LEAF is to support more than 30 environmental high schools across the country. Learn more about how LEAF works.

This year, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois has partnered with The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences in Chicago and will send three male students to its Emiquon Preserve in Lewistown and four female students to help our colleagues in Georgia. In addition, three male students from Arabia Mountain High School in Georgia will join the Chicago students at Emiquon.

Here’s a glimpse at who they are and what they want to learn!



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