Founded in 2006
Youth Climate Program

Educator & Student Retreats

Current Retreats

Youth Climate Connections Retreat

July 22 - 25, 2024
Rock-E House and Basecamp, Lake Placid, NY
Are you a current high school student who lives in the Adirondacks, Champlain Valley, or Eastern Ontario? Join us this summer for the Youth Climate Connections Retreat where we will explore climate change and climate action through our shared ecological and social connections.
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Past Retreats

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Climate Change Educator Retreat

2024 Dates Coming Soon
Location: Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY

Program Description

Join a network of educators for a hands-on exploration of how to teach climate change science, impacts, justice and solutions hosted at the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. Using a variety of curricula, interactive workshops, field trips, and guest speakers, educators will examine youth-driven, action-oriented strategies for bringing climate change solutions into their classrooms or organizations. Curriculum and program planning time is incorporated into the program, and educators are welcome to attend in teams from their district/organization. Content is best suited for educators that work with middle to high school aged youth across all disciplines. Residential and non-residential options available.

The Climate Change Educator Retreat is co-hosted by the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith College and The Wild Center. Partners include NOAA’s Office of Education, NOAA’s Climate Program, Adirondack Watershed Institute, Climate Generation, New York State’s Office of Climate Change, NYSERDA, and Action for the Climate Emergency.

Additional Information

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Youth Climate Leadership Retreat:

2024 Dates Coming Soon
Location: Rock-E House and Basecamp, Lake Placid, NY

Program Description

Are you a High School student looking to learn more about climate change impacts, justice, and solutions? Join us for the Youth Climate Leadership Retreat at North Country School’s Rock-E House & Basecamp in Lake Placid, NY. This retreat is a 4-day 3-night experience for high school students to develop valuable skills to lead on climate change in their schools and communities.  

Students are welcome to attend individually but are encouraged to attend with other students from their school or group as well. We will be accepting up to 3 students from the same school/group. This retreat will increase students’ climate literacy and leadership skills through:

  • Dynamic hands-on workshops, presentations, and a field trip to The Wild Center
  • Team building activities with other student leaders
  • Outdoor experiences (canoeing, hiking, campfire, farm tour etc.)