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Youth Council

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


Ontario Nature Youth Council, 2023 Youth Summit for Mother Earth © Kayla Salive


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


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? Are you interested in community involvement volunteering hours that makes a difference and contribute towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)? 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 for the 2023-2024 Youth Council are now closed.

If you have questions about the Youth Council, please contact Maya Davidson at mayad@ontarionature.org and follow @ON_YouthCouncil for updates.

Youth Summit 2020, Sustainability Workshop © Anna ET


As a member of the Youth Council, you will:

  • Take action on conservation issues including wetland protection, pollinator awareness, habitat restoration and advocating for biodiversity
  • Plan and host events including Our Special Spaces and the annual Youth Summit
  • Deliver presentations and workshops with support from Ontario Nature staff
  • Raise awareness about environmental issues that matter to young people
  • Meet like-minded youth from across Ontario

Please read Ontario Nature’s updated COVID-19 event precautions.

Follow the Youth Council:

Ontario Nature Youth Council member Aidan B on CBC Fresh Air


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
  • Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by the Starfish Canada
  • Canadian Museum of Nature’s Nature Inspiration Awards
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards
Youth Council members, Parliament Hill © Sarah Hedges


For more information, please contact Maya Davidson, education coordinator, at 416-444-8419 ext. 280 or by email.

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