A part of the Texas Women in Conservation Program, Audubon’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women (ACL) is an exciting partnership between schools in the Young Women’s Preparatory Network and Audubon State staff, Texas Centers, and local Audubon Chapters.
Audubon’s work, both nationally and in Texas, is known to be focused on protecting birds, and the places they need to survive. In order to meet these goals, we approach our work from five angles; Climate Change, Water, Coasts, Working Lands, and Bird-friendly Communities. In the 2021-2022 school year, and each year of ACL going forward, we will tackle the science, conservation, and the broad career options within these strategies.
Traditionally, students meet with leading female scientists, explore Texas’s diverse ecosystems, and learn about career paths within the student’s hometowns. Due to COVID-19, and necessary safety protocols, the 2020-2021 program transitioned to virtual for the full year, offering multiple Zoom sessions to dig into the science and actions needed to tackle Climate Change. Many of the traditional program points transitioned as well, including the career panel. The summer capstone experience took place in a day camp format rather than the traditional overnight camp.
In the 2021-2022 school year, Conservation Leaders will take a deep dive into our fresh water resources in Texas through hands-on, minds-on activities. While the Delta varient of COVID-19 continues to bring challenges to the school year, Audubon Texas is committed to supporting student's growth and learning experiences. We're planning for in-person actions whenever safe to do so and we'll supplement with Zoom sessions whenever necessary.
Both in-person and virtual programs will help students develop leadership and communication expertise that will help them to become leaders in their academic and personal careers once they complete the program.
Audubon Texas is offering the program in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Austin's program will be lead by our partners at Travis Audubon Society. Program costs and materials are 100% subsidized by Audubon's generous donors and grants. In return, participants are expected to come prepared to each virtual or in-person session and bring a positive, enthusiastic attitude to each experience, especially the intensive camp portion.
Application for the 2021-2022 school year is now closed. Email Yvette Stewart for application questions
Quotes & Photos from Audubon's Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women Past Years
Audubon’s Conservation Leaders Program for Young Women is a part of a greater effort to raise the stature of women’s roles in conservation, support girls and younger women in environmental sciences, and engage women in important conservation issues in Texas. And it can’t be done without your support.