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."

What's Happening?

running Swinging Bridge 8K Trail Run: Sunday, October 4, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-noon, Starting line behind Deerpath Middle  School, Derwen Mawr and Skokie River Nature Preserves. This event benefits CCL.
 The CCL summer experience may be over, but there are plenty of opportunities to continue exploring environmental topics. The College of Lake County is hosting a workshop on honey extraction and beeswax crafting. Click here for more details about the event.
Welcome Julio Guzman to the CCL team!

Student Spotlight!

Yari Cortez, CCL '10, reflects on her experience with CCL.