Arkansas Conservation Leadership Program

The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas is excited to offer the Conservation Leadership Program, a hands-on service program designed to introduce young men entering 9th grade in fall 2017 to conservation practices in Arkansas while developing teamwork and leadership skills.

Apply here to become part of the inaugural class.


Beginning in spring 2018, Conservation Leadership Program participants may earn 20 community service hours through their participation in six hands-on, educational sessions. The first session, held in January 2018, is a parent/student orientation and introduction to The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas.

Over the next three months, participants will visit The Nature Conservancy’s preserves around the state to take part in on-the-ground conservation activities with Conservancy experts, including wetland restoration through tree planting, prescribed fire training exercises, river restoration and recreational trail installation, as well as a classroom session on fundraising, basic communication and non-profit skills, and a canoe safety course.

Each session will have a leadership component designed to encourage teamwork and leadership skills. We will conclude the program in early May 2018 with a celebration picnic dinner.


Participants commit to an orientation, five activity sessions (1.5-2 hours each plus travel time to and from each location, up to 1.5 hours each way) and a final celebration dinner. Three activity sessions will take place on Sunday afternoons and two on Monday evenings.

The final celebration picnic will be held on May 3, 2018. Each student will receive three tickets to the celebration picnic and will be responsible for selling the additional seven tickets to fill a table of 10. Participants are allowed one make-up opportunity if a planned session is missed. Students will receive 20 hours of community service for participation.

Payment Schedule

The participation donation for The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Leadership Program is $1,200 and includes all activity sessions, plus three tickets to the May 2018 picnic to honor participants. Participants understand that The Nature Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization and the majority of this amount is a tax-deductible donation that reflects their genuine interest in and commitment to conservation. The final tax-deductible amount will be determined by the fair market value of the picnic tickets program, which will be deducted from this gift. Please note this donation is considered a gift and is non-refundable once the student has been accepted to the program.

For your convenience, the following payment schedule is offered or the total payment may be made at any time:

  • Deposit to hold spot due November 15: $500
  • Due December 30: $250
  • Due January 30: $250
  • Due February 28: $200

Thanks to the generosity of conservation supporters, a limited number of scholarships are available for students who would not otherwise be able to participate. In order to be considered for a scholarship, please mail a letter of recommendation from your school counselor or a current teacher on official school letterhead, postmarked by October 1, 2017, to:

TNC Arkansas
Attn: Annie Lindsey
601 N. University
Little Rock, AR 72205

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the volunteer Conservation Leadership Program steering committee and notified by November 1, 2017.

Application Process

Online applications will be accepted from September 1 through October 1, 2017. Participation is limited to 20 students, and applicants will be selected by the volunteer Conservation Leadership Program steering committee. Acceptance decisions will be aimed at a diverse class of participants representing many area schools. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by November 1, 2017.



Stay Updated

Learn about the places you love and find out how you can help by signing up for Nature eNews.

I'm already on the list Read our privacy policy

Thank you for joining our online community!

We'll be in touch soon with more Nature Conservancy news, updates, and exciting stories.