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What we do

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Climate change research with Flagstaff High School

Service-learning projects

We swap chalkboards and stuffy classrooms for farmers’ fields, forests, and desert lands. Young leaders come away from these place-based learning experiences with callused hands and a deep understanding of issues facing public and tribal lands.

A student speaks at the Capitol.

Advocacy training

From political advocacy and lobbying strategies to science communication and art activism, we pair advocacy training with opportunities for trainees to practice their new skills. Our week-long leadership program gives rising leaders tools to effect change.

Mentorship opportunities

Professional development

A few individuals each year have the opportunity to dive into the Trust's work through internships. They work closely with Trust staff to set their own professional goals, develop skills, and study issues related to public and tribal lands, all the while receiving a living wage. 

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We believe in the collective power of young people to enact change on the Colorado Plateau. The Rising Leaders Program supports young people by facilitating opportunities to expand their skills and actualize their leadership potential within the environmental justice movement.

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Curious about opportunities for young people on the Colorado Plateau?
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Art activism

In 2018, over 60 Flagstaff high school artists turned a white wall into a public mural — a colorful scene depicting water issues on the Colorado Plateau. Read about the mural project ›

RLP - LeaderShift

RLP - LeaderShift
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Leadership training

Calling all 16-22-year-olds! We're hosting a free week-long training program for young environmental justice leaders. Created by and for young people, this year's LeaderShift will focus on the toxic legacy of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau. We'll follow the path of the ore from mine to milll, meet with community leaders, explore the issues, and have a ton of fun along the way.

RLP - Environmental day at the capitol

RLP - Environmental day at the capitol
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Environmental Day at the Capitol

We train students in lobbying and public speaking strategies, then travel with them to the Arizona state Capitol where they speak to the press, meet with lawmakers, and advocate for the health of public lands and Colorado Plateau communities. Read what the young advocates have to say ›

RLP - field trips

RLP - field trips

Service-learning trips

Whether we're collecting data for climate change research or helping Native farmers dig out irrigation ditches, our student volunteers put their minds and backs into the work. We meet with Native farmers and entrepreneurs, scientists, and our own program staff to learn about and support projects across the plateau. Learn more about our work with local farmers ›

Youth Leadership - Conservation Career Resources

Youth Leadership - Conservation Career Resources
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Conservation career resources

Want to plug into Colorado Plateau conservation? Looking for a job, internship, or other opportunity? Explore this job board ›

Or, see where a Trust internship could land you down the road. Read about former Trust interns, and where they are now ›

Youth Leadership - Turning Wenches

Youth Leadership - Turning Wenches

Group information and application

Are you a teacher, student, or leader looking to bring a group to volunteer with the Trust? Apply today ›

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Uplift Climate Conference

Gather with a community of young leaders on the Colorado Plateau. Redefine the climate movement and share tools for change! Find out more about the annual Uplift Climate Conference ›

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Navajo farmer Rose Williams makes the case for putting down your phone and working your hands in the soil.

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An interview with Navajo farmer Ronalda Thomas about traditional farming and cultural connections.

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We catch up with Navajo farmer Darrell Yazzie to discuss culture and the revitalization of Indigenous farming techniques.

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