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

The CCL Certificate Ceremony is Saturday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon at the Greenbelt Cultural Center, 1215 Green Bay Road, North Chicago. Please join us to celebrate the achievement of 15 outstanding future conservation leaders!
CCL Students are recognized! Julia Dixon, CCL'12,'13 has been awarded the EPA Region 5 Presidential Youth Award. Jessica Mitchell, CCL '11, '12 is the Susan Garrett Environmental Award Recipient for 2013. Congratulations to both of these exceptional students for their impressive conservation and stewardship work!
CCL Students Devyn Morris and Alexander Porcayo will be representing CCL at Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology's conservation workshop on April 24 and 25. Congratulations to these future conservation leaders!