Youth Council



Are you looking to develop leadership skills? Passionate about conservation? HCA wants you for Youth Council! See more info below. We hope that you will consider applying!


2020 - 2021 Youth Council is welcoming applicants!

To apply to the Youth Council click the link below.

The Youth Council gives the youth of Kansas City a voice, partner support, and perspective to protect natural areas in coordination with the HCA Steering Council and Work Groups while keeping in line with Kansas City’s environmental agenda. The Youth Council members are the leaders of today in order to protect and conserve natural areas for the future. Members come together to share and implement ideas, interests, and concerns in order to protect the natural areas in Kansas City.

Heartland Conservation Alliance is looking for passionate people, between the ages of 14-24, that want to participate in opportunities to meet environmental professionals in Kansas City.  The Youth Council have four meetings a year with the opportunity to meet non-profit organizations, city departments, corporations, and state agencies.  Meetings offer open and engaging discussions on relevant issues regarding the environment as well as viewing conservation areas in our Kansas City community.  In addition to the four meetings, there are three social activities that are planned and organized by all members of the Youth Council.  The social gatherings typically include outdoor recreational experiences to foster individual development and a chance to show their passion for the outdoors. 

The Youth Council is a 12-month commitment beginning in September each year. If you have any interest

please reach out to the Education and Outreach Coordinator:

Long Term Goals

  • Design a youth-led environmental campaign

  • Become environmentally educated with a fundamental knowledge of conserving and protecting natural areas along with relevant issues

  • Engage in projects to make a difference within the community

  • Take action to protect and conserve natural areas within Kansas City

  • Gain leadership development, valuable connections, and interest in the conservation of natural areas

  • Obtain exposure to environmental careers, organizations, and programs

  • Maintain sustainability of the Youth Council 

Pictures from Blue Valley Park Nature Day 2017

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Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center

4750 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110

(816) 759-7305, ext. 1148

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