1. Is this primarily an educational program or it is a resource center?

    CCL is initially an education program as it provides information regarding conservation and experiential learning through its Certificate Program.

    CCL becomes a resource center for students completing the Certificate Program and others interested in conservation through subsequent summer internships, workshops and field trips. CCL works with motivated students to identify these opportunities.

  2. Who qualifies for financial aid or scholarships?

    Students submit a financial aid application with their application to the Certificate Program. This includes recent financial information and a letter outlining the need for assistance. Students who qualify for free or subsidized school lunch qualify for financial assistance. CCL provides full and partial scholarships based on a student’s financial needs.

  3. How are students identified for the CCL program?

    CCL looks for motivated students who have a strong interest in the environment and who have demonstrated leadership ability. Students are identified through their schools, youth group, scout leaders, faith-based groups and individuals. Acceptance is selective. All interested students must submit an application including a personal statement and a recommendation from a teacher and someone with whom the student has worked or interacted closely (please see the Get Involved section).

  4. Where is CCL located?

    CCL is headquartered at Lake Forest Open Lands Association’s Conservation Campus, 350 N Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois. Its programs take place in multiple locations in northern Wisconsin and elsewhere. All transportation to program sites is provided to program participants.

“This program has been wonderful for my child. It has helped her come out of her shell and be active in our community.”

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We are accepting applications for the CCL 2018 program! The dates are June 11 - June 29. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Calling all adventurers! Join us on Sunday, January 28 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest for an afternoon of adventure films  from the MountainFilm on Tour Festival and learn how you and your family can engage with the outdoors! Experience Mountainfilm shorts curated specifically for the whole family to enjoy and then visit our expo to learn more about the outdoor adventure and environmental opportunities in Lake County.
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