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Youth Council

A diverse provincial network that is dedicated to inspiring, connecting and educating our communities.

 

Youth Council at 2019 Youth Summit © Noah Cole

About

Ontario Nature’s Youth Council is a diverse provincial network that is dedicated to inspiring, connecting and raising environmental awareness.

As a Youth Council member, you will work alongside Ontario Nature staff, become part of a vibrant peer network, and contribute to lasting, positive change through conservation action.

Youth Council member Eila leads a youth bird walk in Oakville © Emma Horrigan

Join

Are you a high school student who wants to be part of a growing network of young environmental leaders in Ontario? Are you passionate about nature? If so, you’re a perfect fit for our Youth Council!

We are looking for high-school students in Ontario who are passionate about nature, fun-loving and environmentally aware. The Youth Council is a great opportunity to protect nature and develop strong leadership skills.

Applications and membership renewals are now open for the 2022–23 school year! To sign up as a member of the Youth Council, please click the button below. Applications will close December 21, 2022.

Youth Summit 2020, Sustainability Workshop © Anna ET

Activities

  • Takes action on conservation issues, including pollinators and biodiversity
  • Plans and hosts events including Our Special Spaces and the annual Youth Summit
  • Delivers presentations and workshops
  • Raises awareness of environmental issues that matter to young people

Ontario Nature will not be hosting indoor events or gatherings until further notice to keep Youth Council members, staff and volunteers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read Ontario Nature’s COVID-19 event precautions.

Follow the Youth Council:
   

Ontario Nature Youth Council member Aidan B on CBC Fresh Air

Recognition

Youth Council members have been honoured for their achievements individually and collectively by:

  • Canada 150 Youth Award for Environmental Stewardship
  • Canada 150 Award for Outstanding Youth
  • Earth Day Canada’s Youth Hometown Heroes Award
  • Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25
  • Canadian Museum of Nature’s Nature Inspiration Awards
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards
Youth Council members, Parliament Hill © Sarah Hedges

Contact

For more information, please contact Christine Ambre, conservation education coordinator, at 416-444-8419 ext. 244 or email.

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Pollinator pledge © Daynan Lepore

Students at these schools raised funds to support Ontario Nature’s work:

Kingsville District High School

Lisgar Collegiate Institute

St. Clements School

Stamford Collegiate

Westfield Public School