Galion area teenage conservationists, assemble!

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is putting together a team of high school student leaders from diverse backgrounds to join the Conservation Teen Advisory Council (ConTAC). ODNR is looking for highly motivated students who are interested in natural resource conservation, outdoor outreach, wildlife, or simply making a positive impact in their state.

“Students passionate about the environment are some of our greatest assets when it comes to protecting our natural resources,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “I’m excited to not only have a new group come and learn from ODNR experts, but to inspire them to do great things. Each new class offers a different perspective and energy that is so valuable and appreciated at ODNR.”

ConTAC gives students a chance to meet new peers from across the state with similar interests. Through monthly meetings and project work, members will develop and implement innovative and practical ideas that empower young people to protect and preserve Ohio’s natural resources. They will also provide feedback and make recommendations to enhance outdoor outreach. Council members also get the chance to explore careers in the natural resources sector and develop valuable networking and leadership skills. You can see some of ConTAC’s work here.

Students must be entering grades 9-12 for the 2023-2024 school year to apply. Selections of the 2023-2024 ConTAC class will be made early summer 2023.

Learn more about the program here. Additional questions can be directed to William Armbruster at

Click here to apply for ODNR’s Conservation Teen Advisory Council. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 20.

Source: ODNR; Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay