UConn Training and Youth Engagement



UConn Environmental Programs for Teens & Adults

UConn's Natural Resources Conservation Academy enables intergenerational learners (teens & adults) to generate real conservation benefits to Connecticut communities by providing the tools and support to carry out local conservation-based service-learning projects.

Read on to learn more about the exciting 2020 programming!


Conservation Training Partnerships


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The CTP program partners teens (rising 9th-12th graders) with adult volunteers, and supports the team in carrying out a conservation-based community project. The team participates in an interactive two-day workshop (find a workshop near you!), and applies conservation and innovative mapping and web tools in field activities. The team then designs and carries out a local environmental project of any intensity and duration. Many CTP participants choose to share their projects at the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference.

Workshops are located throughout Connecticut and are free to all participants. Visit the CTP website for more information and to apply to the program.


Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP)


NRCA CAP Collage

CAP arms teens (rising 10th-12th graders) with skills used by professionals to address current environmental issues. Students are immersed in real field-based science and focus on: water quality, green infrastructure, GIS technology, fisheries, wildlife, forestry and soils during an exciting weeklong summer field experience at the UConn Storrs campus. Then, students design their own conservation project to provide real solutions for their communities, and present their work at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources.

Visit the CAP website for more information and to apply to the program.


2020 CAP and CTP At a Glance


 NRCA CAP CTP Table Overview
School and Organization Visits 

If you are interested in learning more, we are happy to visit schools & organizations to give brief presentations for students, teachers, and community members about our NRCA programs.

Please contact nrca@uconn.edu or 860-486-6933 to find out more.


The NRCA's Impact to Date
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