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 2020-2021 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 will take place in a day camp format rather than the camping trip. We anticipate a return to in-person programming and field trips during school year 2021-22, health and safety regulations permitting, but plan to maintain virtual programming as a supplement between in-person experiences.
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 is offering the program in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and new this year, Austin is joining the network of participants! 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 session and bring a positive, enthusiastic attitude to each experience, especially the intensive camp portion.
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.