Apply Now to Join Ohio’s Conservation Teen Advisory Council

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is calling on teenage conservationists to join a team of high school leaders for the Conservation Teen Advisory Council (ConTAC). Highly motivated students who are interested in natural resource conservation, outdoor outreach, wildlife, or simply making a positive impact in their state would make the perfect applicants for ConTAC.

“ODNR has spent the last 75 years creating a legacy of conservation,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “ConTAC is a way for teenagers to build upon that legacy and become future leaders who address issues that face our great outdoors.”
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.

Students must be entering grades 9-12 for the 2024-2025 school year to apply. Selections of the 2024-2025 ConTAC class will be made early summer 2024.

Learn more about the program by visiting the ConTAC webpage.

Additional questions can be directed to William Armbruster at [email protected].

To apply, fill out the ConTAC Membership Application. The deadline to apply is June 5, 2024.

In 2024, join ODNR as we celebrate 75 years of protecting Ohio’s natural resources and providing outstanding and award-winning recreational opportunities.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at