How We Work

Helping Young People Learn and Lead

Three young people carrying a bundle of felled vegetation.
Youth Environmentalist Orca Recovery Day is an annual restoration effort to help improve orca and salmon ecosystems across Puget Sound. A volunteer work party removes invasive species from salmon habitat in West Seattle along the banks of Longfellow Creek. Youth and parents from a local girl scout troupe remove invasive bamboo. Photo by Hannah Letinich. © The Nature Conservancy © Hannah Letinich

Climate change and biodiversity loss affects everyone–including the youth who will inherit the environmental challenges shaped by decisions made today and tomorrow.

The Nature Conservancy is listening to and collaborating with educators and caregivers, young nature lovers and future scientists, and emerging trailblazers who are coming of age and demanding a different path forward.

It is our responsibility to not only help young people gain the knowledge and resources to become the next generation of conservation leaders, but to also ensure that their diverse voices and views shape the future of the planet.

To fulfill that commitment, we have developed resources, programs and partnerships to bring conservation to educators, families and young people around the world.

Quote: Kate Ireland

Any conservation action, any policy measure, any partnership built today, must be stewarded tomorrow. The transfer of care is a continuous cycle.

Kate Ireland Director of Youth Engagement, The Nature Conservancy