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North Carolina Youth Climate Summit


Save the Date! Next Summit will be November 10th and 11th, 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.

Summiteers come in teams of 4-6 along with an adult mentor. Teams include high school environmental clubs, youth leadership clubs, scout groups, and other action and service-oriented clubs.

This Summit is a two-day event. Sunday, November 10th is a Kick-Off event that combines hands-on service projects, an opportunity to explore the Museum’s 86-acre campus, and opportunities to connect informally with other teams.

Monday, November 11th is a conference-style event that includes workshops that will provide the teens with tools and resources for different paths to climate action, speakers who will educate and inspire, Eco-Fair exhibitors who will connect with teens on opportunities to get involved with existing climate action projects, and the day culminates with the teens working together with their team to create a climate action plan that they can implement at their school or within their community.

This youth-led event is hosted by a dedicated group of teens who meet after school throughout the fall with guidance from our Museum team to curate an event that is impactful and relevant for an audience of their peers. Follow the Teen Advisory Board on Instagram @NCclimatesummit

Meet the Teen Advisory Board:

Teen Board

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 previous North Carolina Youth Climate Summits