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Conservation Teen Advisory Council
Conservation Teen Advisory Council

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Conservation Teen Advisory Council (conTAC) welcomes you to apply. ConTAC provides a unique opportunity for high school student-leaders from diverse backgrounds across Ohio to work together and contribute ideas to enhance ODNRs youth outreach and program efforts. ODNR is looking for highly motivated students entering grades 9th-12th of the 2021-2022 school year who are interested in natural resource conservation, outdoor outreach, wildlife, or simply making a positive impact within the Buckeye State. ConTAC is a great place for students to meet new peers from across the state with similar interests, develop leadership skills, and provide outdoor opportunities to youth from the shores of Lake Erie to the rolling hills of Appalachia.



To serve as the voice of Ohio's youth to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and expand the reach, impact, and quality of the Department's youth initiatives.


  • Conservation
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Diversity
  • Empowerment


  • Develop innovative and practical ideas that empower youth to be wise stewards of Ohio's natural resources
  • Provide feedback on youth-focused strategies, resources, campaigns and programs, and make recommendations to enhance outdoor outreach
  • Enact conservation-focused initiatives in our communities
  • Explore careers in the natural resources sector
  • Develop valuable networking and leadership skills
  • Make a difference!


  • Serve a minimum of a one-year term
  • Meet regularly with like-minded teens and natural resource mentors
  • Full Council in-person meetings take place at least twice per year in Columbus, OH; the first meeting will take place at the ODNR Natural Resource Park during the Ohio State Fair
  • conTAC is broken into five regional teams who tackle projects together throughout the year. Each regional team will meet monthly, either in-person or virtually, from September through June
  • Special meetings and opportunities may be scheduled on occasion by the conTAC coordinator
  • Shadow an ODNR staff person for a day
  • Those who enjoy social media marketing can help support @OhioDNR on Facebook and Instagram


  • Applications will be accepted now until June 25, 2021.  Apply here.


  • Membership should reflect the diverse interests of ODNR and the state of Ohio
  • A maximum of 30 students will be selected to serve