Student Conservation Leaders


Participants will paddle, fish, hike, wade, seine, sample, observe, and engage in restoration activities in our Ohio River Watershed, while developing their abilities in leadership, stewardship and conservation.

Each day of these one-week sessions begins and ends at a local river park. From there we’ll adventure up and down our local waterways to engage in hands-on ecological investigations, activities, and empowering conversations. Experience what it takes to be an environmental steward. Discover your power to lead your school and community towards environmental solutions.

Engage in field level scientific investigations

Our Student Conservation Leaders program takes place:

June 1-5: Nisbet Park ( Loveland, OH) - Little Miami River

June 8-12: Nisbet Park (Loveland, OH) - Little Miami River

June 15-19: Pioneer Park (Covington, KY - Banklink Creek)

June 22-26: Avoca Trailhead (Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH) - Little Miami River

Application process:

  • Student applicants must be entering 10th – 12th grades for the 2020-21 school year.
  • DEADLINE ---- SCL Applications and Scholarship Applications must be received via email, or postmarked, by MARCH 30th, 2020.
  • Applicants will be notified of their participation status by April 15th, 2020.
  • Space is limited. We cannot guarantee the acceptance of all applicants.

STUDENT CONSERVATION LEADERS on-line application doc pdf

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION on-line application doc pdf

Course fee: $160, to be collected after applicants are notified of their acceptance. Scholarships are available for full and partial tuition waivers. The course fee covers all instructional, travel (for any group trips from the site), and activity expenses, as well as an Ohio River Foundation T-shirt. The course fee does not include a daily lunch or refreshments. STUDENTS should bring their own water and lunch each day.

Questions: or call Evan Banzhaf, ORF Student Conservation Leaders program manager, at 513-279-2006.