Gather. Learn. Discuss. Do.
Inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders
The 3rd annual St. Croix Youth Summit will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the UW – River Falls University Center. This dynamic conference is for middle, high school and college age students who want to learn about the environmental issues and challenges facing the St. Croix River watershed and take action to make a difference.
The goals of the St. Croix Summit are to:
Gather – Gather together as a collective, youthful voice for science and for the future of the St. Croix River watershed
Learn – Learn from professional conservation leaders about the environmental threats to the St. Croix River watershed
Discuss – Discuss environmental cause and effect, implications, and solutions with your peers
Do – Take what you learn from the St. Croix Summit and put it into action in your school and community
When: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Where: University Center, UW River Falls Campus
Who: UWRF students
When: 9am – 5pm
Costs: Free for students* | $25 per adult (teacher / chaperone)
*Transportation scholarships available; contact us for more information
8:30 - 9:00 AM: Registration - Level 2 (Top of the stairs)
9:00 AM: Welcome & Keynote: The Half-Earth Project: Why Half, Which Half, and How?(Ballroom A)
Led by renowned Biodiversity Scientist E.O. Wilson a consensus has emerged that to preserve that natural world that humans depend on requires saving half of the land and seas for the rest of nature. Dennis will talk about how this can be accomplished and how we all can contribute.
10:30 AM: Lunch Break & Exhibit Hall opens (Falcons Nest)
11:00 AM - 1:45 PM: Watershed and Wildlife Workshops (Separate breakouts for middle and high school students)
Raptors of the St. Croix with Carpenter Nature Center
The Secret Life of Mussels Revealed with the MN DNR Center for Aquatic Mollusk Programs
- Exhibitor Extravaganza
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Teacher Institute (Trimbelle River Room)
Half-Earth Project: Mapping to Save Biodiversity: A Team-based Design Challenge with Dennis Liu
Farm to Faucet: Where Watershed Ed and Agriculture Ed Collide with the St. Croix River Association and River Falls High School
2:00 PM: Closing Remarks
Countdown till the Summit!