ACE Teen Leaders in Conservation (TLC) programs educate and engage local high school youth, ages 15-18, in summer conservation field projects on public lands allowing teens to learn about different careers in conservation and land management while gaining practical work experience. The ACE TLC program is challenging, educational, and fun and offers youth the opportunity to build skills that will benefit them for a lifetime while helping with the conservation and restoration of our public lands. Under the guidance and leadership of trained ACE crew leaders, ACE TLC crews participate on a variety of resource projects on public lands surrounding their local communities while earning a cost of living stipend with summer projects ranging from 4-6 weeks in length.
Operating nationwide, ACE TLC programs partner with federal, state, and local land management agencies to connect local high school youth to environmental and conservation projects within their community. Through participation in hands-on meaningful field based projects, youth gain valuable skills, education and work experience while helping restore and protect America’s public lands and natural resources.