Help us foster young scientists through conservation projects that benefit local environments!

Natural Resources Conservation Academy A Project of UConn Crowdfunding Iniatives

At the Natural Resources Conservation Academy, we engage students from diverse backgrounds in the environment and science through conservation projects that tackle real environmental issues throughout the state.

David DesRoches from WNPR recently visited with us! Read and/or listen to UConn Recruits Teens to Spark Interest in Conservation today!

The Impact

Since 2012, we have worked with a diverse group of high school students who:

  • Come from all over Connecticut (see map);

Impact of Natural Resources Conservation Academy

  • Represent multiple ethnicities and socioeconomic groups; and
  • Many of whom live in Connecticut's most densely populated and economically disadvantaged urban centers.


Integrating students from diverse backgrounds provides a valuable experience for our students, exposing them to a diversity of perspectives from a young age.

Since 2012, more than 100 community projects by our students have been completed throughout Connecticut. All projects have a broad-conservation focus and are designed to benefit the local community. These positive outcomes include:

  • Development of monitoring protocols and gathering data to guide management of forests and freshwater ecosystems;
  • Production of informational videos and field guides;
  • Construction of green infrastructure (e.g., rain gardens); and
  • Ecosystem restoration, among many others.

We Need Your Support!

Our program is primarily funded through private giving and we need your support. Help us continue providing individualized, tailored environmental education and expand into new communities in Connecticut and nearby states!

To ensure students from a diversity of backgrounds can participate in the Natural Resources Conservation Academy regardless of income, we offer a reduced tuition to all students and provide program fee-waivers to those needing assistance. Your donation will go a long way in helping us offer this exciting program to all who wish to participate!




Supported by 72 Donations:

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    I Gave $100
    Love this program!
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    I Gave $25
    Thank you for doing this important work!
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    Anonymous
    Great learning opportunity for students!
  • Jorge C.
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    I Gave $50
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  • Teresa G.
    I Gave $100
    My daughter participated in the program and it was well worth it. She had a great time and the program is run exceptionally well.
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    Anonymous
    The NRCA program provides the type of environmental education we should be offering our youth; relevant and hands on! Thank you all!
  • Michael R.
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    Daniel T. '87
    Terrific program! Proud to support
  • Melissa  R.
    Happy to support this extraordinary program!
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  • Merrill S.
    I Gave $50
    We fail to learn about the environment at our own peril.
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  • Louise L.
    I Gave $100
    Great track record -- good luck this year!
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    I Gave $25
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  • Maureen B.
    I Gave $35
    Your work will save change the world!
  • April D.
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  • Rachael H.
    I Gave $25
    Because I know how good Laura is at helping people and getting them excited about the environment!!