2017 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

The 2017 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit will be held on NOVEMBER 8th & 9th at The Wild Center. Click here for registration information. For additional information please contact our Youth Climate Program Coordinator at youthclimate@wildcenter.org and make sure to check out last year’s agenda and speakers to get a feel for what’s in store for 2017. 

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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.


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.

Agenda and Speakersk

The agenda, plenary sessions and speaker information for the 2016 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit are available now!

Thanks to our sponsors

The Wild Center would like to thank the sponsors of the 2016 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit:

NAAEE UL Innovative Education Award
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 (NE96269316-0)
Casella Waste Management 
John Ben Snow Memorial Trust 
New York State United Teachers
Dr. Keith Johnson in Memory of Nancy Johnson 
Lake Placid Education Foundation 
Adirondack Foundation 
Susan Mitchell 
Margaret Huskins
Sally Hart
Crowne Plaza Resort
Harriet Gray 
Adirondack Garden Club 
Victoria and Edward Oles 
Lake Placid Education Association 
Saranac Lake Teachers’ Association

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 (youthclimate@wildcenter.org) 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, and several hotels in the surrounding area have offered special rates for Youth Summit participants. Please contact hotels to make arrangements, and be sure to mention the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit at The Wild Center when making your reservations. 

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 particpants from area high schools, colleges and universities, now impacts schools with more than 25,000 students each year.