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Learn. Connect. Act.

Saturday, October 3, 2020
10 am–3 pm

***Registration for the 2020 summit has closed. To view a selection of recorded sessions, click here.***


Join us for the 2nd Annual Next in Nature Youth Conservation Summit, created by and for people ages 13-18. This year’s summit features keynotes from naturalist and researcher Corina Newsome and entomologists/educators The Bug Chicks, as well as youth-led sessions on nature and conservation. Connect through discussions, brainstorming, and games, and share conservation messages through video screenings and a digital art gallery. Learn about green career opportunities and what you can do to make a difference right now. 


The Next in Nature summit will take place entirely online and is free for all. You can lead or participate in a session, or just attend and watch. Pre-registration is required for all attendees and participants. 

What do we mean by “conservation”? Well, conservation can be a lot of things. It could be engaging in sustainable actions at home, like recycling or composting, or cleaning up a natural area in your neighborhood like a river or field. It could be scientific research on plants and animals, teaching kids about the environment, managing a wildlife area, protecting native bees, planting trees, or fighting for clean air or water for all. Basically, conservation is any action that humans take to nurture and protect our amazing planet. 

Youth Planning Committee


Caitlin Black

I cannot wait to be a part of the Conservation Summit because it is such an amazing opportunity that combines so many of the things that I love! I'm so excited to connect with other kids like me, share what conservation means in my life, and see how it plays a part in theirs. I hope to see you there!

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Pierce Bruner

I am excited to be participating in the Youth Conservation Summit because it's not every day that teens have the opportunity to collaborate and voice our thoughts and concerns about environmental issues. This Summit is an important first step for today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders in conserving our natural world. Don't miss it!


Holly Erickson

I look forward to this upcoming summit, and I enjoyed helping to put it together because I love nature and sharing about how amazing it is with others!  I believe that opportunities like this carry great importance in that we, this upcoming generation, must work to make a difference and become leaders.  Before anyone becomes a leader, they must learn and gather information to pass on to others, and that is why raising awareness about conservation in teens carries such weight.  We're tomorrow's leaders, and if you don't make a change, who will?

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Emily Schwartz

I am participating in this Conservation Summit because I love everything nature! We have the power to make a difference and this is a stepping stone. I can’t wait to meet and collaborate with others who share in this interest!

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