Program update

The Center for Conservation Leadership 2020

With many summer programs cancelled this year, we were excited to present the Center for Conservation Leadership (CCL) program in new ways. We adapted the 2020 program to meet the current needs and safety of our students and continue to help in their quest to learn more about themselves, the environment and to make a difference in their communities and the world.

CCL began with The Path to Conservation, a series of videos and virtual meetings that introduced the students to the icons of the conservation movement. This was followed by an introduction to the various eco-systems and habitats in our northern Illinois region. We also engaged the students in a guided exploration of the green spaces nearest their homes to begin to broaden their environmental awareness.

Following that, students began their mentored individual stewardship projects, tackling issues such as bird habitat, recycling, reducing and repurposing, improving parks and bike paths and water quality monitoring.  We are participated in several workdays, improving the local areas in which we live.

When restrictions are lifted, students continue to have more opportunities to challenge themselves and explore the environment. These include building a wooden boat in March and celebrating at the Certificate Ceremony in April.

The program will culminate with the trip to Wisconsin in June 2021.

The CCL program is strong and its students are resilient. We believe that this adaptation of the program continues to engage students in new ways that will help establish a platform from which to become effective conservation leaders. Watch our site for continued updates on the 2020 program and information about the program in 2021.

Adam Scott is an Outdoor and Environmental Educator who, before joining the CCL program, spent the last 5 years teaching science, leadership, natural history, and outdoor skills throughout the Midwest to youth for the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, and Conserve School.

Adam has spent years of his life outside and hundreds of nights camping. He has built hiking trails in the desert, guided winter expeditions in the Northwoods, and can paddle a canoe through rapids. Adam believes it is important to serve others and savor the beauty of life. He is always practicing to become better connected to the humans and nature around him so that he can inspire others to discover and grow.

Adam is the 6th generation of his family to grow up in Kane County, IL. In addition to outdoor activities, Adam likes to play trumpet and draw. He also loves to watch cartoons, read science fiction and fantasy novels, and play board games with friends.

The Center for Conservation Leadership celebrates its 8th year at its annual Certificate Ceremony on Saturday, April 21. 
Guided by their dedicated volunteer mentors, this year’s students have been involved in significant citizen science projects.
Click here to view our list of graduates, what high school they attend and their project.

Do you love the outdoors? Are you concerned about nature and taking care of our natural resources? Are you interested in learning more about plants, animals, trees and the planet’s well-being? In other words, is caring about the environment in your nature?

If you are a high school student with a passion for your environment and a desire to get involved, the Center for Conservation Leadership (CCL) can help prepare you to make a difference in our future. CCL’s programs will help you develop a practical understanding of conservation—the careful use and protection of river, forests and other natural resources. Equally important, you will learn how to become a steward of the environment, how to assume responsibility, to take action personally and to lead others in making a positive impact on the environment.

CCL can help you contribute to a better future for yourself, for your community and for the entire planet. So take a look around. Enjoy your stay. Come back often. And take part.

CCL programs include the 1st Year Program, targeted to students in high school and a High School Stewardship Program for those who complete the Certificate Program.

Interested? Please contact us with questions or learn more here and review an Application!