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LEAF Program: Inspiring Youth in Nature

By Katherine Sather† / The Nature Conservancy

Do you remember your first experience in nature? This summer, urban high school students from across the country are getting their first taste of the great outdoors as part of The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program.

LEAF provides paid summer internships for urban high school students and helps educators from environmental high schools share best practices and scientific resources.

In 2012, LEAF will send 100 students from 20 high schools to 22 natural areas around the country! Interns work alongside our scientists and spend time in the wilderness learning about conservation and environmental issues.

Watch our video to hear from LEAF interns in Virginia.

Now in its 18th year, the LEAF internship program aims to connect todayís urban youth with nature so that they may:

  • Foster a lifelong affinity and respect for nature
  • Prepare themselves for potential careers in conservation
  • Enhance their classroom science, math, and technology education with field experience
  • Nurture their senses of self-reliance and independence
  • Grow to become the next generationís environmental leaders

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12:28PM PDT on Jun 13, 2015

Thank you.

1:46AM PST on Jan 26, 2015

Live long and prosper!

4:34AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

thank you

3:02PM PDT on May 10, 2013


2:55AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Sounds like a great program!

4:15PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

This sounds like a terrific program, and who knows this program may turn out some of the next leading conservationists. There is so much that can be learned from nature!! Kudos to the LEAF Program!!

3:05AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

There's a lot worth learning from the nature

10:43AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

What a great program. Another somewhat similar program is Big City Mountaineers. They provide mentoring for at-risk kids through adventure training.

10:08PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


11:09PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Being exposed to the wonder of nature in any way, small or big, is beneficial and necessary for us all, but especially for children. We should never forget to be in awe and wonder when we look at our world.

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