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 today’s 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 generation’s environmental leaders
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