The Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3)


Sunday, June 21 - Saturday, June 27, 2015

Inviting rising 9 - 12th grade students to become a


of the Sc3 CONGRESS

The mission of the Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3) is to empower outstanding student environmental leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address climate change and natural resource conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities.

DEADLINE: Selection on a Rolling Basis

PLACE: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center.


Click HERE for Application Forms


What are thought leaders saying about Sc3? 

“As soon as I heard what the Sc3 was, I wanted to be there. I’ve stared at environmental questions for 45 years. I want to be of whatever help I can to the younger generations, to give them hope that they can make the world better. I want them to know that I care deeply about them and that an older generation is arm in arm with them, no matter how dark it gets.”  -- Barry Lopez, Conservationist and Author of Arctic Dreams.  Barry Lopez on Bill Moyers >

What are students saying about Sc3?

"Instead of Student Climate And Conservation Congress, Sc3 could also stand for Students Committed to Creating Change! At Sc3 I was able to meet fabulous individuals who taught me that together, as a community, we can be the change this world needs. Come to Sc3 to make your pledge and find a support system of friends to back you up every step of the way. The future of this planet may look bleak at times, but after attending Sc3 you will develop the motivation, drive, and willingness to be part of the movement for change!" - Jessica, 2014 Sc3 Student Fellow

"When I first learned about this conference, my one reservation was that I thought 'What if it’s just a bunch of tree-huggers wanting to protest for climate change?' However, the conference was far from that. The amount of diversity found at Sc3 was amazing. Kids from both urban and rural societies in dozens of different states participated. Just walking around the NCTC campus was inspiring on its own."   Ben, 2013 Sc3 Student Fellow

More from Ben's Blog Post >  •  More Testimonials >


Dear Sc3 Applicant,

The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) invites outstanding 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 conservationists, those students and educators selected to participate in the five-day  Congress will become Sc3 U.S. Green School Fellows.

Sc3 recognizes and empowers the next generation of conservationists and supports them to become global leaders in their own community. Sc3 Fellows learn from world-renowned experts, grow to understand 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 for the year following the Congress to implement Personal Action Plans.

Sc3 inspires the highest praise. Take a minute to look at Past Speakers, read the 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.


The Sc3 Program Team

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