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North Carolina Youth Climate Summit


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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.

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.

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

Thank you to our sponsors:

Cornell Douglas Foundation
North Carolina Science Museums Grant
Jennifer and Sandy Williams

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Email Disha Diwan at

Photos from 2023 North Carolina Youth Climate Summit