Hosted by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in collaboration with multiple federal, Tribal, and non-governmental organizations, the Native Youth Climate Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC) is an experiential, youth-driven conservation leadership training program for Native high school and college-age youth.
The goal of NYCALC is to empower Native youth to become Tribal conservation leaders by supporting their existing cultural practices and resiliency while offering leadership development and adaptive skills training that will help them address future environmental challenges in their communities. The congress also offers an opportunity to reshape the relationship between Tribes and federal agencies, and to support Tribal sovereignty in conservation practices.
This event is held each year in July at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.