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North Carolina Youth Climate Summit

Monday, February 19, 2024 with Climate Summit Kick-off Sunday, February 18th, 2024

This powerful, educational experience will help high school students become leaders of change working towards a more sustainable future in their schools, communities, and beyond. The Summit, aligned with North Carolina State Science Standards, will feature workshops facilitated by local community leaders, organizers, and scientists.

This youth-led event is hosted by a dedicated group of teens who meet after school throughout the fall with guidance from our Musuem team to curate an event that is impactful and relevant for an audience of their peers.

We are currently accepting nominations for this year’s Teen Advisory Board! The Teen Advisory Board is seeking students enrolled in public high schools located in Durham County. Students must be available on Tuesday evenings to attend bi-weekly in-person meetings at the Museum of Life and Science and are eligible for a $200 stipend for their work.

Summiteers come in small groups or clubs along with an adult mentor. Some of these groups are established environmental clubs, and others are just starting. In break-out sessions, teams will be given the tools and information to inspire them in their efforts to lower carbon emissions in their local communities. Teams will then apply what they learned and create their own Climate Action Plan.

Students who participated in other Summits have returned to their schools and communities implementing change – creating school gardens to provide food for their cafeterias, expanding recycling and composting programs, replacing power strips with energy-smart strips, examining energy-saving opportunities by conducting carbon audits for their schools, and presenting to school boards about their activities and financial savings, and countless community outreach events.

Climate Summit Kick-Off Sunday, February 18, 2024

Summiteers are encouraged to join us the day before the Summit on Sunday, February 18, 2024, to explore the Museum’s campus and engage in hands-on service opportunities connected to climate solutions.

How can your school or group participate?

STEP ONE: Identify a team! Gather 4-6 students to represent your school. Teams should include interested high school students and an adult advisor such as school faculty, staff, or administration.
STEP TWO: STEP TWO: Fill out a team application. Space is limited and spots will be granted on a rolling basis. Priority goes to teams who have participated in the past.
STEP THREE: We will notify teams whether they have been selected to participate. Once your team has been confirmed, teams must complete a pre-registration activity.

Participation in the North Carolina Youth Climate Summit is free, and lunch will be provided.

Interested in sponsoring this event?

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About Youth Climate Summit Model

Youth Climate Summits, like the one held at the Museum of Life and Science, are a part of The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program which works to convene and empower young people around the world to take climate change action. Since hosting the first Adirondack Youth Climate Summit more than 11 years ago, the model, developed by The Wild Center, has inspired over 60 summits in 11 states and 5 countries, and that number is growing fast.

For more information on The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, visit

Photos from 2023 North Carolina Youth Climate Summit