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 now open!

WHO: Current 8th - 11th Grade Students

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

WHERE: National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV 

COST: $1150, 6 nights, all-inclusive (except transportation to DC)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Extended to June 1st

Financial assistance and fundraising toolkit available.


Testimonials >

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

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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

Evening Speaker




Science Workshops

OST Mini-Circle Meeting #1

Evening Speaker



Potomac River Trip

OST Mini-Circle Meetings #2 & #3

Evening Speaker



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