Make your mark and make a difference serving as a conservation leader of the next generation in nature!

Cincinnati Nature Center’s Next in Nature Youth Conservation Summit offers lots of ways for students nationwide in grades 7-12 to learn about and support conservation efforts while developing leadership and life skills. The summit includes opportunities for student conservationists to present about our summit’s core theme: preserving and appreciating nature. Student presentations will help demonstrate leadership, initiative, and community service. Participating students will receive service hours, gain leadership skills, and help inspire other students to partake in conservation projects and activities.

This year’s Youth Conservation Summit is October 2, 2021 from 10am until 3pm. Student presentations scheduled between 2 - 3pm. All student presenters are encouraged (but not required) to attend the entire Summit.

We are so excited for you to join us in presenting at the 2021 Youth Conservation Summit!

Student (or Team Leader) Contact Information

Team Members’ Contact Information

Are you presenting a project as part of a group? Will other students be joining you? If so, tell us about them!

Supporting Teacher* Information

A Supporting Teacher is a teacher at your school who is willing to work with the Nature Center to guide your project and to get you the support you need to succeed.

*If homeschooling this may be a parent/guardian. If you are having trouble finding a Supporting Teacher please contact us (see below, under “Guidelines”)

Type of Project

Please describe your proposed project and be sure to include: 

  • How long is your presentation? Presentations must be a minimum of 5 minutes and can not exceed 15 minutes.
  • Tell us the theme of your presentation. Does your presentation correspond with our summit theme of preserving and appreciating nature?
  • What central idea best reflects that material in your presentation? (please choose from pull down menu)  

Planning Committee Check-in Preferences

We’re here to help! Let us know how you would prefer to have check-ins with the Summit Planning Team. We can support you by offering advice on your project, further resources, and help making connections. Please list a few options, such as: via email, text, phone calls, video chat, etc. 

Volunteer Information Center

Please create a password for our online system. During the course of your project, you will be able to schedule check-in's, receive updates and log volunteer service hours using our online database.

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Project Proposal Guidelines

- Open to any student between the ages of 13-18 and/or grades 7th through 12th.

- Projects must be tied to conservation issues, native wildlife, sustainability, and environmentalism .

- Any facts presented must be scientifically valid.

- Projects may be a call to action but should be nonpartisan - please do not discuss any political party or politician. Discussion of specific legislation related to conservation is permitted if it is relevant to the project topic.

- Projects must be between 5 and 15 minutes in length. Any projects outside these bounds will not be considered.

Please direct any questions to Cincinnati Nature Center's Director of Education, Connie O'Connor. Email:

Please indicate that you have read and understand the above guidelines.