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 Tuesday evening workshops and biweekly expedition days which are held on Saturdays during the academic school year. During weekly workshops, Council Members conduct research and discuss topics including conservation, ecology, climate change, and environmental justice. Expedition day activities include wildlife monitoring, nature journaling, hiking, kayaking, animal tracking, and team building opportunities. 

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Participants receive stipends paid in two installments: first year Council Members receive a $1,000 stipend and returning Council Members receive $1500. A separate gear stipend of up to $200 for necessary outdoor equipment like waterproof hiking boots, water bottle or backpack is also provided through a shopping trip with program staff. Hours of attendance through the program period are eligible as service hours. Applications now open – deadline to apply is September 5, 2023. 


  • High school student, entering grades 9−12
  • Current resident of Sonoma County
  • Ability to attend all meetings and expedition days
  • Team-oriented
  • Enthusiastic about nature

Read about a recent Conservation Council Alumni’s experience during and after the program! (Scroll down to the third article titled “Teens put science to work”).

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Questions? Contact us at youthprograms@sonomalandtrust.org