Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council

For in the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.
-Baba Dioum

A group of young people walking through the woods, participating in a conservation projectInterested in nature? Want to make a difference, meet new friends, gain leadership experience and have fun outdoors? Join the Youth Conservation Council!

Why You Should Join
The Natural Resources Commission Youth Conservation Council is your opportunity to be part of the conversation about conservation. It's a chance to:

  • Make a difference - explore the reasons kids aren't getting outside and how the DNR can change this trend
  • Make friends - meet other young people from around the state with an interest in the outdoors
  • Gain leadership experience - work as a team to come up with recommendations that will help guide future programs and actions
  • Have fun outdoors


Who Should Join
We are looking for young people, ages 14 to 18, with a variety of backgrounds and interests who care about Michigan's great outdoors. Whether you're an avid hunter or just enjoy being outdoors, we want your input on all aspects of outdoor recreation and involvement.

What You'll Do
As a council member, you'll meet with peers and natural resource mentors, brainstorm ideas, give advice, research and communicate with team members, and participate in outdoor activities under the guidance of Department of Natural Resources staff.

Apply to be a Council Member
To apply for a position on the council please download the application and send to Attn. Raymond Rustem, NRC Youth Conservation Council, P.O. Box 30028, Lansing, MI 48909. All applications are due by April 30, 2015.

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Questions and Answers About the Youth Conservation Council

For more information about the Youth Conservation Council, call 517-284-6070 or email

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