Youth Climate Summit of the Lehigh Valley

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
            Science on a Sphere presentation about mitigation strategies (renewable energy and green infrastructure)
    March 12th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 7
          Presentation on local climate action efforts 
    April 9th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 8
            Virtual tour of and discussion about the Bethlehem Area School District’s sustainability efforts
    May 14th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 9
            Youth participants present ideas for continuing climate action on a personal, home, school, or community level.                   Local community and municipal leaders will be invited to attend to hear the youths’ presentations.
    June 11th, 2022 – Climate Leadership Series 10
            What’s next? and brainstorming the next Youth Climate Summit

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.   Please register for the Art Program here

Virtual Project Meetings each month after Youth Climate Presentations

Second Saturdays — 2pm – 2:30pm

Saturday October 16th, 2021 — Materials Pickup at NNC 1pm – 3:00pm

Saturday, March 5th, 2022 —Works completed.

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

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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 2020 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.