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 ►

LEAF interns in Cape May, New Jersey LEAF Awareness Watch New York Executive Director Bill Ulfelder explain how the LEAF program increases conservation awareness among young people. Former LEAF Intern Jason Bonet Words of Wisdom Former intern Jason Bonet credits LEAF with igniting his interest in pursuing a career in environmental conservation and education. LEAF Logo Celebrating 18 Years of LEAF Watch former LEAF interns and NYT’s journalist Andy Revkin discuss the positive impact of LEAF on their lives. Toyota Foundation Logo 215x143 Toyota USA Foundation Renews Grant The $4 million grant will expand LEAF. Get the news here Joshua Carrera 215x143 Nature Matters: Nature Opened My Eyes Former LEAF intern Joshua Carrera describes how LEAF helped change his perspective and ultimately shaped his career path. Watch a video Santa Cruz Island Fox This American Land Explores Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of California, is home to bald eagles, scrub jays, and the most adorable foxes you may ever see. This American Land joined LEAF interns from the LA area to learn more about the island. Watch to see what they learned! Watch the video LEAF Disney Wilderness Interns From Atlanta LEAF Intern Explains Fire Watch LEAF Intern Diamond Coles explain why prescribed burns are good for nature and people! Diamond worked at The Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida during the summer of 2012. Check it out Brigitte Griswold Future Green Leaders Program Director Brigitte Griswold tells Fox News about how LEAF empowers the next generation of green leaders. Watch it now Adangely Nuñez reflects on LEAF internship Texas City Prairie Preserve LEAF Marine Internship in Texas Watch LEAF Intern Adangely Nuñez as she shares her experience working at the Conservancy's Texas City Prairie Preserve to protect the coast. LEAF is made possible through leading support from the Toyota USA Foundation. Watch here
Map of LEAF 215x143 See Where LEAF Works Students will work across 22 states this summer, engaged in conservation activities ranging from trailblazing to invasive species removal. View a Map Toyota Foundation Logo 215x143 Our Supporters With leading support from the Toyota USA Foundation, LEAF serves more students than ever. Learn more
HSES students 215x143 The LEAF Experience Read first-hand accounts from participants to see how these young people are building self-confidence, work skills and a love of the outdoors. Explore Two students 215x143 Partner Schools Our environmental high school partners that engage students in environmental lessons and activities throughout the school year. Learn more
Teacher and student 215x143 Resources for Teachers From carbon calculators to blogs about cutting-edge science, find resources that will enrich environmental literacy.
Find Out More Interns at Bluggs Preserve in New Jersey 215x143 Media Center Get press releases, photos, videos and media contacts to learn more about the LEAF program. Go now LEAF interns seining 125x83 Class of 2011 Boy holding dragonfly 215x83 Class of 2008: Ospreys and Dragonflies
LEAF interns in Cape May, New Jersey LEAF Awareness LEAF Logo Celebrating 18 Years With LEAF Joshua Carrera 125x83 Nature Opens Josh Carrera's Eyes Santa Cruz Island Fox Santa Cruz on This American Land

LEAF Disney Wilderness Interns From Atlanta Disney Wilderness Intern Explains Prescribed Burning Brigitte Griswold 125x83 Program Director Brigitte Griswold explains how LEAF helps empower the next generation of green leaders. Adangely Nuñez reflects on LEAF internship Texas City Prairie Preserve LEAF Marine Internship in Texas DSC01974_125x83 LEAF Lands in VA

Carpenter Ranch 125x83 Life on Carpenter Ranch

LEAF: Tiana Cruz 125x83 Less Fish Less Food

LEAF: Samantha Hoffman Valuing Our Freshwater

LEAF: Raymond Rodriquez From Pollinators to Your Plate

Interns laughing 125x83 Meet the Class of 2009 LEAF interns in field 125x83 Meet the Class of 2010


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