Adk Youth Climate Summit

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Thank you for coming to the 2017 Youth Summit. Please use this page and our Facebook page as a way of keeping in touch!

Want to be a Youth Climate Summit Sponsor?

It's a rewarding place to invest. Please email Kara Page ( if you are interested.

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Participants are strongly encouraged to read and/or watch some of the following materials to help frame the climate issue prior to attending the Summit.

Each participating institution is also expected to come to the Summit with a basic understanding of how to conduct a carbon audit and how far along their school is in that process.


Watch What You Missedk

Speakers at the Summit provide the students with the information and tools they need to act upon their return. From this year's plenaries to a selection of past presentations, there is a wealth of knowledge to gained and used.

Agenda and Speakersk

The final agenda for the 2017 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit on November 8 & 9 is available here!

As always, this year's summit will feature individuals and organizations doing amazing things for sustainability and climate change across the country and world! Some of our featured speakers and organizations include:  Dr. Curt Stager – Paul Smith’s College; Sean Russell from Mote Marine Lab in Florida; Terracycle; iMatter; National Wildlife Federation’s Eco Schools; connecting to the UN COP 23 climate summit in Bonn, Germany; the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative; and the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) and many more!! Make sure to get your school team registered and complete the pre-summit work!!

Thanks to our sponsors

The Wild Center would like to thank the sponsors of the 2017 Adirondack Youth Climate Program:

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education’s

Environmental Literacy Program

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 (NE96269316-0)

NAAEE UL Innovative Education Award

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology

Casella Waste Management

Adirondack Green Circle

Dr. Keith Johnson in Memory of Nancy Johnson

Lake Placid Education Foundation at the Adirondack Foundation


The Evergreen Fund and The Ohman Fund at the Adirondack Foundation

Margaret Huskins

Alison Crowther

Paul Smith’s College

The Clements Foundation, Inc.

The Family of Katie and Patrick Gaglione, in honor of the 90th birthday of Paul R. Lazarus

New York State United Teachers

Hariette Gray

Sally Hart

Crowne Plaza Resort

Adirondack Garden Club

Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association

Asgaard Farm

Lake Placid Education Association

Barry Lobdell and Janis Beatty

Nori’s Village Market

Who's Coming

Schools that are attending the 2017 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Ballston Spa Early College High School
Beekmantown High School 
Canton High School
Clinton High School
Harrisville Central
Homer Sr. High School
Kurt Hahn School
Lake Placid High School
Long Lake Central School
Long Trail School 
Manlius Pebble Hill School
Margaretville School 
Newcomb Central School
North Country School 
North Country Community College
Northwood School
Paul Smith's College
Plattsburgh High School
Potsdam High School
Saranac Lake High School 
Somers High School
St. Regis Falls
Schuylerville High School 
SUNY Potsdam
Westport Central School 
Willsboro Central School District
Theodore Durgee Jr. High School
Trevor Day School
Troy High School
Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program

School Expectations


Before the Summit:

1.  Meet with your entire environmental club to:

  • COMPLETE the pre-registration tasks
  • Identify the team who will attend the summit, remember 4-6 PEOPLE make up a team which includes students, teachers, and other chaperones
  • When registration opens ion September 25, register ONLINE
  • Review agenda
  • Take a peek at the online resources on the website – strongly recommended

2.  Download, distribute and bring SIGNED Photo Consent Forms

3.  What to bring on BOTH days of the Summit:Backpacks (required for each participant)

  • ipad/computer to document 
  • Paper & Writing Utensils
  • Camera/smartphones? - While we encourage participants to share their summit experience on social media, we ask all participants to please be RESPECTFUL to speakers and workshop leaders and refrain from using cell phones inappropriately during presentations and workshops. 

At The Summit:

  1. Full attendance on BOTH DAYS of the Summit.
  2. Determine who in your team will attend which workshops (we encourage teams members to split up and attend different workshops).
  3. Work together on Day 2 to develop a Climate Action Plan and timeline for your school.


  1. Keep The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program Coordinator ( updated with your progress, needs, etc. on a minimum monthly basis.
  2. Work hard to successfully implement your Climate Action Plan!

Where to Stayk

Youth Summit participants are responsible for their own accommodation needs. Please contact hotels to make arrangements. 

Behind the Summits

The Wild Center hosted a major national climate conference, Land of Opportunity: The American Response to Climate Change, in 2008. The conference brought leaders from around the nation into a closed-door gathering to find a way that we could map a path to lower carbon emissions for the United States. The Conference attendees included John Holdren, Frances Beinecke, Michael Levi and more than 150 others.  What this conference, and another Adirondack conference that followed, did not have, was student participants.

A few students were invited to watch the proceedings, and for one, Zach Berger, watching wasn't enough. He approached The Wild Center to see whether he could help organize a Youth Summit for students in the region, where students could come, learn, and develop their own action plans for their schools. The Adirondack Youth Climate Summit was hatched from that idea. The annual Summit, with participants from area high schools, colleges and universities, now impacts schools with more than 25,000 students each year.