The 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 open in December 2015
WHEN: Sunday, June 26 - Saturday, July 2, 2016
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
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
"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
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