Seining with Lamont-Doherty 2023

Monitoring the Hudson River ecosystem at Lamont-Doherty Hudson River Field Station

Eileen Fisher Waste No More

Learning about sustainable fashion at the Eileen Fisher Waste No More Factory

Community Needs Assessment YCA 2023

Conducting a community needs assessment for service project planning

Dominican University Tour YCA 2023

Visiting Dominican University and learning about the Environmental Studies Major

CCE Suffolk Marine Lab

Visiting the CCE Suffolk Marine Lab to learn about shellfish and habitat restoration

Clarkstown Solar Field YCA 2023

Learning about renewable energy at the Clarkstown Solar Field

Youth for Climate Action

Are you a high school student concerned about climate change?

Do you want to make a meaningful difference here in Rockland County?

Join the Rockland County 4-H Youth for Climate Action, where you can enhance your knowledge of the issues, develop leadership skills, and work with your peers to address climate change.

What is the Rockland County 4-H Youth for Climate Action Program?

Youth for Climate Action gives high school students an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge to address climate change in Rockland County. After a series of interactive sessions, trips, and connections with local organizations, members work together to create and implement service projects to address climate concerns and promote positive change.

Through this program, participants:

  • Explore climate change issues on a global and local scale through demonstrations, talks and community science projects
  • Visit local sites including a solar field, parks, creeks, piers, and more!
  • Design, create, and implement a service project centered on climate change
  • Connect with peers and community leaders


High School Students (Grades 9-11) who live in or attend school in Rockland County. We are especially looking for youth who work well in a team, are passionate about climate change issues, and are dedicated to making a difference in their communities.


CCE Rockland and various sites in Rockland County and surrounding areas.

2023 - 2024 Tentative Program Schedule:

Date and Time Topic Description Location
Thurs. Dec. 21
6pm - 7pm
Orientation Program overview and team-building Cornell Cooperative Extension Rockland (CCER), Stony Point
Thurs. Jan. 4
6pm - 7:30pm
Local Climate Action

Connect with local environmental leaders

Thurs. Jan. 11
6pm - 8pm
Global Climate Change

Documentary screening and discussion

Thurs. Feb. 8
6pm - 7:30pm
Communication Skills and Public Presentations Learn how to develop, organize, and deliver an effective public presentation CCER
Thurs. Feb. 15

Service Project Planning Conduct a community needs assessment, brainstorm project ideas, and divide into groups to create service projects CCER
Tues. Feb. 20
10:30am - 11:30am
Sustainable Fashion Eileen Fisher Waste No More Factory Tour Irvington, NY
Thurs. Feb. 29
6pm - 8pm
Public Presentations: Sharing with Peers Give a 5 -10 min. presentation on a climate change topic (members can work in teams) CCER
Sat. Mar. 2 (Optional)
9am - 12pm
4-H Public Presentation Event Present in front of trained evaluators to receive feedback and enhance your skills CCER
Thurs. Mar. 14
6pm - 7:30pm
Service Project Coordination Meet with community partners for project advice Virtual
Thurs. Mar. 21
6pm - 7:30pm
Dominican University Tour Meet with students, faculty, and staff to learn about the college experience and Dominican's new Environmental Studies Major Dominican University, Orangeburg, NY
Thurs., Apr. 10 & 11, 4:15pm - (approx.) 6:15pm The American Eel Project Help the DEC monitor glass eels in Minisceongo Creek West Haverstraw, NY
Thurs. Apr. 18
5pm - 6pm
Solar Field Tour Learn how Clarkstown is using a landfill to support clean energy Clarkstown, NY
Thurs. May 2
6pm - 7:30pm
Composting/Waste Management Learn how Rockland Green composts and manages waste  Clarkstown or Hillburn, NY
Thurs. May 23
6pm - 7:30pm
Service Project Review & Presentations Create a group presentation to share your service project with the community CCER
Thurs. May 30
5pm - 7pm
Community Celebration Celebrate the year with family, friends, and community members TBD


$175 ($150 for returning members). The fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Financial assistance is available - contact Kristin Ruggiero at for details. Please note that refund requests and scholarship applications will not be accepted after the program has started.


Participants are expected to arrange their own transportation to and from all session locations. If you are accepted into the program, but cannot arrange transportation, please contact the coordinator, Kristin Ruggiero, at Lack of transportation will not disqualify youth from participating in the program.

Registration for 2023-2024 is now closed - please consider joining next year!

Last updated January 25, 2024