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Into the West

Urban Students Adventure in Nature

As students everywhere swap summer break stories, it’s hard to beat the tales of adventure these urban teens have.

The high school students journeyed across the western U.S. with The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program.

From using GPS units, to pulling up old wire fencing, the bright young students logged hands-on conservation experiences.

Along the way, they also learned a lot about themselves—what it means to be far from home, how to give up cell phones, and why their actions matter.

See below to meet this summer’s western U.S. LEAF interns and learn how we're working to make a difference for our most precious resources—children and nature.

LEAF is made possible through leading support from the Toyota USA Foundation.

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