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 rising 9th or 10th grader 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 Certificate Program, targeted to students completing 8th and 9th grades and a High School Internship Program for those who complete the Certificate Program.

"CCL was a strength building experience. We all learned many new things: the program made us think differently about the environment."

Out Front

CCL welcomes 17 new future conservation leaders to the 2014-15 program. On June 11, this intrepid group headed to northern Wisconsin for their first CCL experience! Check out the CCL blog or Facebook page for news of their adventures.
CCL has teamed with the Waukgan Citizen's Advisory Group to create a special research internship for two CCL students. Steven Nelson and Alex Porcayo will spend the summer mapping and learning about plants of concern. Watch our blog for news of their research.
Congratulations to all CCL graduating seniors - Gilberto, Woody, Missy, Jess, Da'Nell, Maya, Wil, Hiram, Rosy, Alex, Mike, Chris and Jordan! Best of luck in your future endeavors - keep conservation close to your heart!