2019 Youth Summit
Join Ontario Nature and the Youth Council for our tenth annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity by beautiful Lake Couchiching. In addition to spending time outdoors, highlights include:
- Interactive workshops and activities on topics including traditional medicine, freshwater ecology and environmental action.
- A networking forum for participants to connect and share ideas with local youth.
- A high energy Great Group Challenge that will have you facing off in eco-inspired challenges.
- Meeting diverse young leaders with similar interests from across Ontario!
When: September 20-22, 2019
Where: YMCA Geneva Park, near Orillia, Ontario
Who: 100 youth across the province
SPONSORED YOUTH: If you are being sponsored to attend the Youth Summit for the full cost of $375, please register here. You will be prompted for the password that Ontario Nature gave you.
SUBSIDIZED REGISTRATION: Youth who are not being sponsored to attend can register online at a subsidized rate of $185. Ontario Nature subsidizes the cost to limit barriers to attend. Please register here.
Subsidized registration will remain open until Tuesday, September 2 or until we reach capacity.
Please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any inquiries about sponsorship or questions about registration.
Highlights from 2018
On September 21–23, 2018, environmental leaders from across the province came together at YMCA Geneva Park in Orillia for Ontario Nature’s ninth annual youth summit. The event, partnered with the Youth Council, allowed 106 youth from 74 communities to participate in workshops including: pollinators, Aboriginal clan systems, zero waste living and the urgency need to address climate change.
Other memorable moments included morning activities like bird watching, yoga, swimming in Lake Couchiching, and an evening campfire with stories and songs to bring everyone together. The Green Team won the Great Group Challenge trophy, and participants were able to discuss sustainability, citizen science and local initiatives during the networking forum. Chloe Dragon Smith, the keynote speaker from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, inspired youth to get outdoors as we are all nature.
Over the past nine Youth Summits, we have engaged young people from 178 communities across Ontario.
Thank you to our Nature Network member groups and others whose financial support has made the 2018 Youth Summit possible:
|Bancroft Field Naturalists||Nature Guelph|
|Bert Miller Nature Club of Fort Erie||Nature League of Collingwood|
|Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation||Nature London|
|Brodie Club||North American Native Plant Society|
|Carden Field Naturalists||North Durham Nature Club|
|Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority||Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society|
|Charleston Lake Environmental Association||Ontario Field Ornithologists|
|Conservation Sudbury||Orillia Naturalists’ Club|
|Credit Valley Conservation Authority||Ottawa Field Naturalists|
|Four Seasons Conservancy||Owen Sound Field Naturalists|
|Friends of Charleston Lake Park||Pembroke Area Field Naturalists|
|Friends of Frontenac Park||Pickering Naturalists|
|Friends of MacGregor Point Park||Port Hope Rotary|
|Friends of Mashkinonje||The Quetico Foundation|
|Friends of Minesing Wetland||Quinte Field Naturalists|
|Friends of Nancy Island & Wasaga Beach Park||Rankin Resource Group|
|Friends of Ojibway Prairie||Saugeen Nature|
|Friends of Salmon River||Sault Naturalists’ Club of Ontario & Michigan|
|Halton/North Peel Naturalists||Science North|
|Hamilton Naturalists’ Club||South Peel Naturalists Club|
|Ingersoll District Nature Club||St. Ignatius High School|
|Kawartha Field Naturalists||St. Thomas Field Naturalists Inc.|
|Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority||Sudbury Naturalists|
|Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council||Sydenham Field Naturalists|
|Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council||Thickson’s Woods Land Trust|
|Long Point Biosphere Reserve Foundation||Toronto Field Naturalists|
|Manitoulin Nature Club||Toronto Ornithological Club|
|Master Naturalist Program at Lakehead University||Vankleek Hill Nature Society|
|Midland Penetanguishene Field Naturalists||Waterloo Region Nature|
|Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists||Willow Beach Field Naturalists|
|Mycological Society of Toronto||York Environmental Stewardship|
|Nature Barrie (Brereton Field Naturalists Club)||York-Simcoe Nature Club|