Washington Youth Summit on the Environment
- Fairfax, VA
Hosted by George Mason University and Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) is an intensive, hands-on program.
Accordingly, the curriculum changes each year to reflect current environmental issues.
Through lectures and guest speakers, students are introduced to pressing conservation and sustainability-related topics. As such, they’ll have the opportunity to learn from experts who hail from organizations like National Geographic, the US Department of Energy, and the National Marine Fisheries Services. Moreover, they’ll conduct numerous field visits, which include collecting samples from the Rappahannock River, visiting endangered species at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and learning about conservation at Shenandoah National Park. The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Skyline Caverns, and Potomac Vegetable Farms are several other site visits on deck. Furthermore, after successfully completing the program, students earn one college credit.
All students live in on-campus housing at George Mason. Although the majority of students are nominated by an educator or invited by the university, it’s possible to nominate yourself. To create the strongest application for these environmental science summer programs for high school students, you should be quite strong academically. You should also have leadership experience as well as a demonstrated passion for environmental science. The admission process is competitive; only 300 participants are selected. Finally, you’ll need to be on the ball early–applications typically close in December.