Teen Programming

Conservation Council

Are you interested in a career in conservation or environmental science? How about spending time outdoors with others who want to learn more about the landscapes that make Sonoma County special? The Conservation Council is an equity-based teen youth-development program that empowers participants to conduct conservation research on protected lands across the county. Teens work together and with educators, conservationists and scientists to conduct research, learn about conservation efforts, visit preserves, and gain outdoor and leadership skills.

Council Members participate in weekly virtual meetings on Tuesday afternoons to conduct research and discuss topics that include conservation, ecology, climate change, and college and career preparedness. Divided into two cohorts on rotating Saturdays, Council Members conduct wildlife monitoring on Land Trust preserves and engage in nature journaling, hiking, animal tracking and team-building opportunities.

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Participants receive a $1,000 stipend in two installments and a separate gear stipend up to $200 for necessary outdoor equipment. The program operates from October 2022 to May 2023. Applications are open now – deadline to apply is October 9, 2022.

We have strict protocols in place to ensure everyone’s safety during participation. Review our COVID policies here.


  • High school student, entering grades 9−12
  • Current resident of Sonoma County
  • Ability to attend all meetings and field days
  • Team-oriented
  • Enthusiastic about nature
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Questions? Contact us at youthprograms@sonomalandtrust.org.