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Please watch our video from the 2019 summit.

The Cincinnati Nature Center's Next in Nature Teen Conservation Summit will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Hueston Woods, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's (ODNR) Student Wildlife Research Symposium

Next in Nature presentations and activities will be begin at 2:15 pm that day, after ODNR's symposium in the morning. The full agenda for the day is listed below, beginning with the Next in Nature.

This page will be updated as needed to ensure all information is current.


Next in Nature Teen Conservation Summit Agenda

Open to 7th—12th grade students from Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky only. Students may present any conservation project or action (completed or in progress). Admission to the summit is free for all students.  

2:15—3:15 pm: Rapid-Fire Presentations (20 slides/20 seconds per slide)

3:15—3:30 pm: Conservation Skit

3:30—4:30 pm: Rapid-Fire Presentations (20 slides/20 seconds per slide)

4:30—6 pm: Dinner & Group Brainstorming with Facilitators about Conservation Projects and Summit

6—7 pm: Keynote Speaker, Corina Newsome and Summit Wrap-Up

Sharing Fair

2:15—4 pm

The Sharing Fair portion of the summit involves participants from both the Next in Nature Teen Conservation Summit and the ODNR Student Wildlife Research Symposium. It includes:

  • Student poster sessions for students who do not present
  • Environmental and biology program representatives and displays from universities
  • Information on the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program
  • Information on how to start an environmental or conservation club at school
  • Volunteer opportunities, summer job openings, and other ways to get involved with local conservation efforts
  • Education booths with hands-on learning activities from the ODNR, the Nature Center, and others


Ohio Department of Natural Resources Student Wildlife Research Symposium Agenda

Open to 7th—12th grade students throughout Ohio. Students may present only on completed, science-based research projects. Admission to the ODNR symposium is free for all participating students and their parents. There is a $20 fee for other observers. 

Click here for more information on the symposium. 

Click here for the ODNR call for proposals.

10—10:15 am: Large Group Welcome by Jen Dennison

10:15—11:15 am: Keynote speaker, Gabe Karns, associate research professor at The Ohio State University

11:15 am—12 pm: Student Presentations

12—1:30 pm: Lunch & "Touch a Truck" with ODNR

1:30—2:15 pm: Student Presentations

2:15—3 pm: Student Presentations