The Nature Conservancy Recruits Pennsylvania’s Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
Top students at W.B. Saul High School start summer conservation internships this week
Harrisburg, PA | July 12, 2013
The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization, welcomed four upperclassmen from W.B. Saul High School to its Pennsylvania team this week as paid conservation interns. The Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program offers high school internship programs in 27 participating states across the country. This is the first year LEAF has partnered with a Pennsylvania high school to offer internships.
During the course of their internship, the Saul students will train for green jobs and enhance their classroom education by participating in conservation activities like wildlife monitoring, forest conservation activities, preserve maintenance and the removal of invasive species.
While offered for the first year in Pennsylvania, this is the 19th year of the LEAF Program, whose mission is to engage urban youth in conservation activities now so that they will become stewards for our planet tomorrow. The program provides paid jobs for students on nature preserves around the country and enriches these experiences in the classroom by providing professional development opportunities to educators from green partner high schools. In Pennsylvania—the Conservancy’s inaugural partner school is Walter Biddle Saul High School in Philadelphia.
This comprehensive, environmental leadership program for teenagers and their educators serves students attending environmentally-themed high schools in urban areas including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, Colorado, Rhode Island, California, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The continued expansion of the LEAF program nationwide is due to leading support from the Toyota USA Foundation, which recently gave an additional $4 million grant to the program.
“The main goal of the LEAF program is to expose urban youth to nature and conservation careers at a young age to nurture a passion for the environment which will stick with them both personally and professionally for the rest of their lives,” said Brigitte Griswold, Director of Youth Programs for The Nature Conservancy. “Providing students with the opportunity to participate in actual conservation projects on preserves is a great complement to their environmental classroom learning and gives them hands-on experience they may not otherwise get during the school year.”
Learn more about the students that LEAF serves, the Toyota USA Foundation and about this unique partnership model at www.nature.org/LEAF.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org