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

Our new group of futue conservation leaders has begun their summer experience in the north woods. Follow their adventures on our blog ( or visit us on Facebook!
Our 2014-2015 Certificate Ceremony was on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Sixteen students presented their impressive stewardship projects to family, friends, educators and conservation professionals What a great day!
The CCL High School Interns began their work as summer Restoration Ecology Interns this week. They will work with Lake Forest Open Lands summer interns and professional staff caring for our preserves. Excited to have them!