The Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)



A week-long journey that lasts a lifetime

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 open in December 2015

WHO: Current 8th - 11th Grade Students

WHEN: Sunday, June 26 - Saturday, July 2, 2016 

WHERE: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV 

COST: $950 if you apply by March 15

$1050 if you apply by April 15

$1150 if you apply by May 15

6 nights, all-inclusive (except transportation to DC)

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-renowned experts, expand their understanding of environmental, social and economic interconnections, and create year-long commitments to meet 21st century challenges. They continue to connect with their cohorts, coordinators and experts on an on-going basis in the year following the Congress to implement personal action plans.

Sc3 inspires the highest praise. Take a minute to look at Past Speakers, read a 2012 Nomination Letter and the inaugural Letter from U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, and hear what Student and Faculty Fellows have said about their Sc3 experience.

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

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2015 Sc3 Agenda

June 21 - Sunday

Registration, Campus Tours, & Welcome Activities

Welcome to NCTC & Sc3

Speaker: Pete Dominick, Radio Host & Conservationist

Speaker: Mamie Parker, Biologist & Environmental Leadership Advocate

June 22 - Monday

Speaker: Benjamin Tuggle, USFWS Regional Director SW

Open Space - Setting the Agenda

Open Space Mini-Circle Exploration

Speaker: Janisse Ray, Writer, Naturalist & Activist

Campfire with the Plank Stompers

June 23 - Tuesday

Service Learning Projects and Science Workshops

Open Space Mini-Circle Meeting #1

Speaker & Film: Ian Cheney, Director & Producer

Speaker: Carl Safina, Ecologist and Conservation Leader

June 24 - Wednesday

Potomac River Trip

Open Space Mini-Circle Meetings #2 & #3

Speaker: Jim Tucker, US Forest Service

June 25 - Thursday

Open Space Mini-Circle Meetings #4 & #5

Speaker: Erin Pettit, Glaciologist, Climate Researcher, & Explorer

Speaker: Joe Riis, Photojournalist, Filmmaker & Explorer

Evening Activities (bug walk, owl prowl, star gazing, games in lodges)

June 26 - Friday

Instructional East - OST Mini-Circle Meeting Slot #6

Speaker: Rob Watson, Market Transformation Expert & Leader in the Green Building Movement

Open Space Mini-Circle Presentations

Fire Ring – Open Space Closing Ceremony

June 27 - Saturday

Awards, Closing & Goodbyes