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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

2018 Youth Summit

Join Ontario Nature and the Youth Council for the ninth annual Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership near 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 regional networking forum for participants to connect and develop plans 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!
Children in the Woods workshop © Brendan Toews

Weekend Details


September 21–23, 2018


YMCA Geneva Park, Orillia, ON


100 high-school students from across Ontario

Freshwater Life workshop © Brendan Toews



If you are being sponsored to attend the Youth Summit for the full cost of $350, please register here. You will be prompted for the password that your sponsor or Ontario Nature gave you.


Youth who are not being sponsored to attend can register online at a subsidized rate of $175. Ontario Nature subsidizes the cost in an effort to limit barriers to the Youth Summit.

Registration is now closed

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list or have any inquiries about sponsorship, please contact Christine.

Youth Summit networking forum © 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

Over the past eight Youth Summits, we have engaged young people from 150 communities across Ontario.

The Youth Summit for Biodiversity and Environmental Leadership is generously supported by: