The Preserve America Youth Summits are a program of Conservation Legacy, a national 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting locally based conservation, preservation and educational service programs that empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment. In addition to Summits, Conservation Legacy programs include the Arizona Conservation Corps, Environmental Stewards, Southeast Youth Corps, Southwest Conservation Corps and VISTA Teams. The organization, founded in 1998, is headquartered in Colorado and operates in more than 30 states from eight year-round offices. Working with other state and local partners, the Youth Summit will be managed by Conservation Legacy and staffed by the Youth Summit team with a history of success in organizing youth events having presented 27 Youth Summits since 2007.

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  • Foster understanding of heritage, history, and historic places
  • Connect youth to places associated with diverse cultures and viewpoints
  • Involve students in historic preservation and service-learning projects
  • Expand tools to support educators’ classroom efforts, while providing meaningful and relevant 21st century learning applications
  • Bolster local preservation and heritage tourism efforts of communities and historic sites
  • Gain youth perspectives on preservation and heritage tourism issues


The Mission of the Preserve America Youth Summits is to provide engaging, on-site, interactive learning experiences for students and educators which engage them in study of historic preservation, conservation, and heritage tourism issues with the primary goal of motivating them to become future stewards of historic communities, sites and land, shape policy at the local state and national level, and provide lasting impact on communities for generations to come.