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Youth Council

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


2018–2019 Youth Council at 2019 Youth Summit © Noah Cole


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.

Collingwood, Our Special Spaces 2019 © Laynol Eap


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, please consider joining our Youth Council!

We are looking for high school students in Ontario who are passionate about nature, fun-loving and environmentally aware. It’s a great opportunity to protect nature and enhance your leadership skills.

Applications are currently closed for the 2019–2020 school year. Applications for the 2020–2021 school year will open in fall 2020 after the Youth Summit. If you would like to hear about the Youth Council’s initiatives, please contact Christine Ambre at 416-444-8419 ext. 244 or email.

Youth Council Leadership Retreat 2019 © Natalie Rae


  • 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

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
  • 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

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