Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

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Make your mark and make a difference serving as a conservation leader of the next generation in nature.

Next in Nature is a group of nature-minded young people and adult guides based out of the Cincinnati Nature Center. Through explorations in nature, youth-led activities and collective projects we build connections and share ideas. 
We welcome all and empower all forms of leadership. We strive to be a resource for furthering knowledge, and we support young people in their journeys of self-discovery. We believe young people have the power to create positive change, not just in the future, but now.

Please watch our video from the 2019 summit.

Next In Nature Youth Conservation Summit

Join us for the 2nd Annual Next in Nature Youth Conservation Summit, created by and for people ages 13-18. This year’s summit features keynotes from naturalist and researcher Corina Newsome and entomologists/educators The Bug Chicks, as well as youth-led sessions on nature and conservation. Connect through discussions, brainstorming, and games, and share conservation messages through video screenings and a digital art gallery. Learn about green career opportunities and what you can do to make a difference right now. 

The Next in Nature summit will take place entirely online and is free for all. You can lead or participate in a session, or just attend and watch. Pre-registration is required for all attendees and participants. 

Learn more and Register 

Ways to Participate in the Summit


Keynote Speakers

Corina Newsome

Presenting “From the Block, to the Zoo, to the Marsh: The Unexpected Adventure of a Black City Girl” 

Corina Newsome is the Community Engagement Manager at Georgia Audubon and a Master's student in biology at Georgia Southern University. Corina, who began in the field of wildlife conservation as a zookeeper, currently conducts research to conserve the MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrow and connects people to birds around Georgia. Having experienced the hurdles faced by people of color interested in wildlife careers, she has founded several programs to encourage high school students from underrepresented demographics to consider careers in wildlife sciences. Corina’s mission is to eliminate the systemic barriers that have prevented people of color from participating in wildlife conservation and exploration of the great outdoors.

The Bug Chicks

Kristie Reddick and Jessica Honaker are The Bug Chicks, entomologists and professional educators who inspire people of all ages to find their inner bugdork! Connecting the science of entomology with social-emotional learning, they use bugs to help people open their minds, break down prejudices and feel empowered in their lives.