Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

The Adirondack Youth Climate Summit is a transformative opportunity for students to understand the effect that their actions have on the world around them. Students will make essential connections between their lives and the natural world, while acquiring critical thinking skills, leadership experience, cooperative abilities, a sense of community, and an enduring passion for the environment and a sustainable global future.  The Adirondack Youth Climate Summit brings together a diverse set of nearly 200 high school & college students, teachers, and faculty from 30 schools across the Northeastern U.S.. The Summit combines informative plenary sessions and workshops in an engaging atmosphere during this powerful 2-day educational experience. It is a catalyst in leading to changes in the lives, schools and communities of young people striving to change the world. The Summit is aligned with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit 2015


Participants at the Youth Climate Summit will:

  • Hear the latest climate change research-based information about the science, and learn the economic and ecological consequences of climate change
  • Learn strategies to respond & adapt to climate change in the Adirondacks and in the process save their schools and communities money
  • Develop a Climate Action Plan to bring back to their school and community
  • Benefit through increased knowledge and development of leadership skills
  • Network with schools across New York State and beyond to learn about successful climate action
  • Learn how the Youth Climate Summit is networking with schools, organizations and communities across the world and will be representing the United States at the UNESCO World Youth Forum, One Young World Summit in Thailand, and UN COP 21 Climate Talks in Paris

"My experience at the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit taught me so many things about climate change and action. Knowledge is power and the youth climate summit gives students the knowledge and skills to take on climate change at full force."

Nathalie Munn, age 17
Saranac Lake High School

High Level Impact: 

The Wild Center's Youth Climate Summit Program was recognized as a model for Climate Education and Literacy by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The impacts of the summit are multiple scales - regional, national, and global.

Regional Impact

-To date the summit experience has reached over a 1000 students directly at over 50 schools

- Through implementing Climate Action Plans in their schools & communities students have reached over 30,000 of their peers through climate action each year for the last 6 years.

- created a network of sustainability initiatives, climate actions and youth leaders across the New York State

National & Global Impact

- Created a Youth Climate Summit Toolkit that provides the "How to" nuts & bolts of planning a successful youth summit

- create a network of sustainability initiatives, climate action and youth leadership on Climate Change around the world

- Currently summits are happening  in Seattle Washington, Detroit, MI, Burlington, VT; Houston, TX and Helsinki, Finland

Point of Contact: 

Jen Kretser,, The Wild Center