Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)
The mission of the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) is to empower outstanding student environmental leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools to address climate change and natural resource conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities.
Applications now open!
WHEN: Sunday, June 26 - Saturday, July 2, 2016
COST: $1150, 6 nights, all-inclusive (except transportation to DC)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended to June 1st
Financial assistance and fundraising toolkit available.
Dear Sc3 Applicant,
The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) invites students who have demonstrated leadership in their schools or communities to participate in the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3). Hosted by the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), the nation's premier government training facility for climate and conservation, students and educators selected to participate in the week-long Congress will receive recognition as a U.S. Green School Fellow.
Sc3 Fellows learn from world-renown experts, expand their understanding of environmental, social and economic interconnections, and create year-long commitments to meet 21st century challenges. Fellows continue to connect with their peers, coordinators and experts in the year following the Congress to implement their personal Action Plans.
One century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt envisioned a global conservation corps that would reach and motivate every corner of society. See how Sc3 Fellows and others are realizing this vision. Learn More >
We hope you will join us for this amazing week-long journey that will last a lifetime.
The Sc3 Program Team
Sample Sc3 Agenda
Registration, Campus Tours, & Welcome Activities
Speaker's welcome to NCTC & Sc3
Open Space Technology (OST) - Setting the Agenda
OST Mini-Circle Exploration
OST Mini-Circle Meeting #1
Potomac River Trip
OST Mini-Circle Meetings #2 & #3
OST Mini-Circle Meetings #4 & #5
Evening Activities (bug walk, owl prowl, star gazing, games in lodges)
OST Mini-Circle Meeting Slot #6
OST Mini-Circle Presentations
Fire Ring – OST Closing Ceremony
Awards, Closing & Goodbyes
"Sc3 opened my eyes to the vast network of students and teachers working on greening their schools, taught me the skills to affect change in my own community, and gave me a framework for continued learning and support. The inspiration I receive each time I go to Sc3 powers me through the inherent challenges of making real change happen. I have created lasting friendships from the program and we all use each other as resources for information and ideas. It's an incredible learning environment that I can't recommend enough."
- Sara Allan, Sc3 Student Fellow; Cohort Mentor
“Sc3 is one of the most OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITIES both I and my daughter Michaela have ever experienced. For many of the youth we serve, this is one of the most enabling and empowering events with access to some of the most notable names / change-makers in a true, state of the art, college like setting - offering the potential to be a transformational collaborative and collective experience with unlimited and exponential potential.”
- Steve Ritz, NYC HS Teacher
Overall a fantastic Congress that brought me into a whole new way of thinking. I cannot thank enough everyone who participated and put it together. It was truly life-changing and I now have a greater understanding and love of the world around me. I will continue to make changes and prompt it in my region.”
- 2012 Sc3 student
April is Earth Awareness Month! Click above to learn more.