Youth Climate Summit of the Lehigh Valley

3rd Annual Youth Climate Summit of the Lehigh Valley

Saturday, April 30th, 2022, 1-2:30 pm (in-person and virtual)

If you missed the event, view the recording here

Be inspired, get ideas, connect with others!

1-2 pm Lightning talks featuring inspirational young women in the Lehigh Valley:

              Madeline Squarcia – Biomimicry and Sustainable Development

              Melissa Benzinger McGlynn – Climate, Birds, and Art

              Melissa Morales – Climate Change and the Delaware Water Gap

              Louisa Durkin – What Success in Climate and Biodiversity Actions Look Like 

2-2:30 pm Guided tour of the Climate Conservations Art Exhibit at NNC

If you are interested in the environment, sustainability, climate change, or biodiversity this event is for you.

Free to attend. Please register here:

ABOUT our speakers

Madeline Squarcia – Madeline is a senior at Lafayette College double majoring in Engineering Studies and Environmental Studies. She is passionate about creating a more sustainable, just, and resilient world by improving the relationships between the environment and society. She is also very involved on campus and in the community. This semester, she is studying “Biomimicry in Sustainable Development and Design” as an independent study and is excited to share with us the value of learning from our surroundings to create a more sustainable future. 

Melissa Benzinger McGlynn is a mixed media artist specializing in fiber art with a passion for birds and wildlife. She is currently working on her bachelors’ degrees in Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies at ESU, with the dream of obtaining a Master’s degree in Ornithology. 

Melissa Morales is a former park ranger for the National Park Service. In 2021, she graduated from Moravian College (now Moravian University) with her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Currently, she is an incoming master’s student at Colorado State University, where she will study ecology. She is passionate about conservation and protected lands, and she is invested in accessibly communicating science to the public. 

Louisa Durkin manages an international climate data community that is at the intersection of digital technology, accountability, and climate policy. She has a background in molecular biodiversity and food systems. She’s very focused on identifying and highlighting solutions. 

Calling all middle and high school youth! 

Join Nurture Nature Center to Explore Science and Art about Climate Change

Youth Climate Leadership and Art Program

Second Saturdays of every month September 2021 to June 2022, 1-2:30 pm

*Youth that participate in at least 80% of the series’ programs will receive a certificate for their Climate Leadership and a free book “Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet”.

About the Youth Climate Leadership Series:

The Climate Leadership Series will meet on the second Saturday of every month from 1-2:30 pm ET with both virtual and in-person attendance options available.

    September 11th, 2021 – Climate Leadership Series 1
          Overview of NNC, overview and discussion about environmental justice
    October 9th, 2021 – Climate Leadership Series 2 (Recording here.)
          Presentation on nature based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation
    November 13th, 2021 – Climate Leadership Series 3  (Recording here.)
          Climate related careers – panel discussion with sustainability professionals
    December 11th, 2021 – Climate Leadership Series 4 (Recording here.)
           Green Schools Program, communicating climate change

    January 8th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 5  (Recording here.)
           International, national, state  and municipal level initiatives related to climate action
    February 12th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 6 (Recording here.)
            Science on a Sphere presentation about mitigation strategies (renewable energy and green infrastructure)
    March 12th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 7 (Recording here.)
          Presentation on local climate action efforts (Sierra Club)
    April 9th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 8
            Special climate event – panel discussion related to the “All We Can Save” book and art exhibit at NNC.

    April 30th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 9 (Recording  here.)
            Annual Youth Climate Summit – Lightning talks from inspiring youth and other experts followed by a guided tour of the “All We Can Save” exhibit
    May 14th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 10
            Help clean up Easton!  Join us for a trash pick up event at Scott Park at 10 am.

About the Youth Climate Art Program: 

“Rewriting the story of climate change” –Your bright ideas needed!

NNC will engage students in creating mixed-media works of art that model positive, environmentally-friendly actions that can be taken to mitigate climate change. NNC’s Art Director will guide students through this arts-based process which will culminate in an exhibit at the center in April 2022. Students involved in the arts-based project will attend the Youth Climate Leadership sessions in order to create better informed works. An opening reception for the students and families will kick-off the exhibit which will be shown at the center for a 3 month period.

Climate Art Exhibit Opening April 8th, 7-9pm at NNC

The meetings will be both virtual and in-person depending on your preference.  Virtual connection details are below and in-person will be at Nurture Nature Center.  Questions or accessibility concerns?  Contact Kate at

NNC Youth Climate Leadership and Art Program

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Financial and other support for Youth Leading the Way: an education and leadership program in the Lehigh Valley has been provided by the Department of Environmental Protection’s 2021 Environmental Education Grants Program.

The Youth Climate Summit is part of CREATE Resilience, a project of the Nurture Nature Center,  under award NA18SEC0080005 from the Environmental Literacy Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or the U.S. Department of Commerce.