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.
Atlanta teens conquer fears of spiders, lizards, snakes and heights to remove invasive tamarisk in Arizona’s Verde Valley.
Students from the Denver School for Science and Technology follow a passion for science to Conservancy preserves across Colorado.
On the Oregon Coast, teens from Connecticut search out an invasive plant and help a rare butterfly.
Pygmy rabbits, archeology, marbled murrelets, oh my! Tacoma teens experience their home state in a whole new way.
Georgia teens venture to the wilds of big, wonderful Wyoming! Life on a cattle ranch means rolling up your sleeves for trail work, fixing broken fences, and collecting native plants.