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Youth Summit

Each September, Ontario Nature hosts the Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership for high school students from across the province. 

Youth Summit 2017 © Brendan Toews

Highlights From 2017

The 2017 Youth Summit, hosted by our Youth Council, brought together 98 youth from 50 communities across Ontario.

  • Interactive workshops and activities on topics including medicinal plants, everyday sustainability, climate action and how to lead a nature hike
  • A regional networking forum for participants to connect and develop plans
  • A wonderful venue on Lake Couchiching, complete with hiking trails, canoeing, and campfires
  • A high-energy group activity with eco-inspired challenges
  • Meeting diverse young leaders with similar interests from across Ontario
Youth Summit 2015 © Brendan Toews

“The Youth Summit connected me with ways that I can fight to help the environment. I am working to start an environment club in my school to help spread some of what I learned and to act on my own ideas/ ideas from others. I hope to make my community a more environmentally conscious place by spreading awareness of the need to conserve nature and natural areas.” – Matthew, age 17, Ottawa

Whimbrels © Raymond Brow CC BY 2.0

Save the Date

September 21-23, 2018 at YMCA Geneva Park, Orillia.

Registration and other details will be available in spring 2018.

Please contact Christine at or 416-444-8419 ext. 244 for any inquiries about the 2018 Youth Summit – including sponsorship and registration.

Youth Summit networking forum © Brendan Toews


Thank you to our Nature Network members and others whose financial support has made the 2017 summit possible:

  • Ancaster High School
  • Bancroft Field Naturalists
  • Brereton Field Naturalists’ Club
  • Carden Field Naturalists
  • Charleston Lake Association
  • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
  • Durham Region Field Naturalists
  • Eden Mills Millpond Conservation Association Inc.
  • Four Seasons Conservancy/Upper Ottawa Valley Nature Club
  • Friends of Charleston Lake Park
  • Friends of Mashkinonje
  • Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park
  • Halton-North Peel Naturalists
  • Hamilton Naturalists’ Club
  • Ingersoll District Nature Club
  • Kawartha Field Naturalists
  • Leeds Grenville Stewardship Council
  • Master Naturalists Program at Lakehead University
  • Midland-Penetang Field Naturalists
  • Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
  • Nature Guelph
  • Nature League – Collingwood
  • Nature London
  • North American Native Plant Society
  • Ontario Field Ornithologists
  • Orillia Naturalists’ Club
  • Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club
  • Owen Sound Field Naturalists
  • Peterborough Field Naturalists
  • Pickering Field Naturalists
  • Port Hope Rotary Club
  • Quetico Foundation
  • Rankin Resource Group
  • Saugeen Nature
  • Sault Naturalists’ Club of Ontario & Michigan
  • Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
  • Sir Winston Churchill CVI
  • South Peel Naturalists’ Club
  • Stayner Collegiate Institute
  • St. Mary’s Secondary School (Cobourg)
  • Stratford Field Naturalists
  • Thickson’s Woods Land Trust
  • Thunder Bay Field Naturalists
  • Toronto Field Naturalists
  • Vankleek Hill Nature Society
  • Waterloo Region Nature
  • Willow Beach Field Naturalists
  • York-Simcoe Naturalists

The success of the 2017 Youth Summit would not be possible without the contributions from the following sponsors:

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Youth Summit birding hike © Noah Cole

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