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LEAF Interns The Conservancy’s LEAF and Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities program interns finishing a day of monitoring trees impacted by Hurricane Sandy in New York City. © Karine Aigner

How We Work

Youth Engagement

We recognize young people as vital ambassadors for the planet.

Youth Engagement programs at The Nature Conservancy aim to engage the next generation in conservation by expanding digital learning platforms for educators and growing volunteer opportunities for youth through our Nature Works Everywhere program as well as creating pathways to conservation careers through our LEAF and GLOBE Internship Programs.

Youth Engagement at The Nature Conservancy operates under three strategies:

  • LEARN – by influencing environmental learning in the classroom and using digital technology we can demonstrate nature’s value to a growing youth population. (Nature Works Everywhere)
  • ACT – by creating opportunities to engage in nature we can increase volunteer opportunities for youth. (Nature Works Everywhere Grant Program)
  • LEAD – by creating pathways to conservation careers with high school and college summer internships we can prepare students for careers in the conservation workforce. (LEAF & GLOBE Internship Program)

Investing in young people today protects our conservation efforts for tomorrow.

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Global Cities

Featured Reports

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    2017 Youth Impact Report

    Report (31.92 MB PDF)

    Discover how Youth Engagement at The Nature Conservancy has impacted students, families, educators, and the communities they call home.



Our Impact

National support of The Nature Conservancy's Youth Engagement programs is made possible through Lowe's.

Contact the Youth Engagement Team

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