Saturday, November 17th


Registration For saturday has closed.


    • 8:00-9:00 Registration and Breakfast
    • 9:00-9:30 Welcome
    • 9:45-10:45 Breakout Sessions
    • 11:00-12:00 Breakout Sessions
    • 12:00-12:45 Lunch
    • 1:00-2:00 Breakout Sessions
    • 2:00-3:00 Opportunity Fair
    • 3:15-4:30 Open Space
    • 4:30-5:00 Closing
    • 5:00-6:00 Dessert Social

Breakout Sessions

Trip Planning 101: An Introduction to Your Own Backcountry Adventures
Tanner Johnson, North Cascades Institute
Learn the tips and tricks of planning and leading wilderness adventures! We’ll give you an introduction on how to stay safe and have fun trip leading. You will gain knowledge of appropriate gear planning, risk management practices, meal planning, and how to promote conservation and stewardship. An adventure is waiting for you!

 Envisioning Yourself as a Ranger: Opportunities with the Federal Government 
Aleta Eng, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest & Kelseyanne Johnson, Seattle Area National Park Sites
Want to get paid to work outside as a field ranger, trails maintenance worker, educator, or biologist on our public lands? Are you mystified or intimidated by the job application process with the federal government? Join the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service to learn about incredible paid opportunities.

Two-Eyed Seeing: Traditional Knowledge & Modern Science
Lisa Redsteer, Northwest Indian College
“Two-Eyed Seeing” is the concept that indigenous knowledge and oral histories help aid modern science in holistically addressing complex problems, such as climate change. Although the two methods together can improve the way we address challenges, we first need to acknowledge colonization and social justice concerns that prevent the inclusion of traditional knowledge. In this session, we will create a medallion while discussing how social and environmental justice affects our ability to walk in both worlds.

Portable Challenge Course
Yohann Hanley, Seattle Parks & Recreation
Using initiatives from the experiential education world, learn fun and engaging ways to foster community by participating in portable challenge course events. You will have the opportunity to solve problems and overcome obstacles with your group and leave with tools to run your own initiatives with everyday items.

Changes Ahead: Climate Change & Geohazards at Mt. Rainier
Annie Runde & Annie Kilby, Mount Rainier National Park
Want to learn more about climate science? Discover how climate change is impacting glaciers at Mount Rainier and how this increases the risk for geological hazards. You will get to make your own lahar model (volcanic debris flow) and learn design solutions used locally to protect structures from these geohazards.

Climb On!
MAC Students & Staff, The Mountaineers
Learn the basics of rock climbing and belaying on our outdoor wall in South Plaza.

 Corps Panel Discussion
DIRT Corps – Michael Lewis, EarthCorps – Heidi Goodrich, Northwest Youth Corps – Angela Noah, Washington Conservation Corps – Tessa Rough, Moderators – Allie Burdick and Gabriel Sul, Environmental Stewards, Conservation Legacy
What interests you? Trails? Recycling? Water? Recreation? Wildlife habitats? Revitalizing neighborhoods? There are Corps across the country providing young people the opportunity to serve through projects on public lands and in rural and urban communities. In this session, you will learn more about the various Corps programming and how these opportunities have impacted individuals and their careers.

Squad Goals: The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Transforming the Environmental Field
Josh Parker, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Denaya Shorter, Onyx Light
Have you ever thought about the ways race and culture impact our experiences in the environment? This session will equip you with tools and strategies to understand the role that race and culture have played in shaping the environmental field and how to be part of its ongoing reimagination and transformation. This session will offer you insight into fighting racism in the outdoors, while also envisioning a more inclusive future.

Youth Equity Stewardship: Re-imagining the Future in a Wilderness Based Learning Community
Benjie Howard & Youth Equity Stewardship Ambassadors
Join ambassadors from the Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) Wilderness Program as they share a new short documentary on their experience of building a wilderness based learning community on an eight day river trip in the Grand Canyon. Learn how they built a model for growing empowering relationships across cultural differences, challenged dominant narratives about education and public lands, and grew a manifesto for how to live on the planet together in the 21st century.

The Restorative Process
Ali Yeates, Shadow Lake Nature Preserve
Imagine yourself as an Environmental Manager tasked with caring for a 10,000 year old, endangered ecosystem. What steps should you take to protect the place from changing climate, increased development, and natural cyclical changes? Should you preserve the place as a piece of natural history or increase the land's climate- resiliency with tools like assisted migration? In the world of Environmental Management, there are few "right answers". In this session we will actively participate, brainstorm, and invent creative solutions to a real-world reality we are facing in King County and beyond!

Disabilities in the Outdoors
Kenna Chapman, Outdoors for All Foundation
Outdoor Recreation is accessible to all abilities and disabilities with the right tools, adaptations, and mindset. Learn about how the local non-profit Outdoors for All enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities by overcoming challenges in outdoor recreation.  Join us in the breakout session to learn more about this exciting field and opportunities within it such as: volunteering, internships, seasonal employment, and careers.

Native Inclusion and Empowerment in the Outdoors World
Angela Noah, Northwest Youth Corps
Have you ever thought about whose land we walk on or who lived here before us in terms of Native American tribes? In this session, we will discuss why it is important to recognize Indigenous people and the ancestral land we walk on. We will discuss how to be allies as I share personal, professional, and cultural development components of Northwest Youth Corps’ conservation tribal programs.   

College Readiness
Barbara Owens, University of Washington; Isabel Carrera Zamanillo, University of Washington; Alan Alatorre-Barajas, Washington Campus Compact (hosted at Western Washington University)
Are you interested in pursuing an environmental major in college? During this session, explore some of the different options and learn about scholarships and other resources with representatives from the University of Washington and Western Washington University. Additionally, you’ll build the foundation for a strong personal statement, an important part of college applications, by practicing telling your story.

Getting here: Mountaineers Program Center

On Saturday, November 17th, the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit will take place at the Mountaineers Program Center located at 7700 Sand Point Way NE Seattle, WA.

Summit Shuttle

We are happy to offer free transportation from several stops along the I-5 corridor to the Mountaineers Program Center. Fill out the Summit Shuttle Form before November 11th to reserve your spot on the Summit Shuttle.

South Shuttle


Pick up (AM)

Drop off (PM)

Foster High School 7:20   6:30
Franklin High School 7: 45  6:10
Garfield High School 8:00 6:00
North Shuttle


Pick up (AM)

Drop off (PM)

Squalicum High School 6:05 7:50 
Mount Vernon High School     6:50 7:10
Cascade High School 7:40 6:15
Shorecrest High School 8:10 5:45
Cascades Shuttle


Pick up (AM)

Drop off (PM)

Intersection of Hwy 20 & Hwy 530  6:15     7:40
Darrington High School 6:45 7:10

Public Transportation

There are three buses that come by Magnuson Park: No.'s 62, 74 and 75. All three buses stop just in front of the building. To plan a trip to our building, use Metro's Trip Planner.


From I-5, there are two suggested ways to get to the Mountaineers Program Center:

Method 1

  • Exit at NE 65th St and head east on NE 65th.
  • Continue on 65th until you reach the stoplight at Sand Point Way NE.
  • Turn left. Proceed north until you reach the main entrance to Magnuson Park on your right. This is approximately NE 74th and has a stoplight.
  • Turn right, into the park.
  • As you enter, you will pass a vacant guard station. Immediately turn left after this and proceed on the access road that runs parallel to Sand Point Way NE until you reach The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Method 2

  • From Highway 520, exit at Montlake Blvd.
  • Turn north (right if you came from the east, left if you came from the west).
  • Follow Montlake Blvd. north.
  • After you pass Husky Stadium and the UW athletic fields, it curves to the right and becomes NE 45th St. A short while later, it curves to the left and becomes Sand Point Way NE.
  • Continue almost two miles until you reach the main entrance to Magnuson Park, roughly at 74th NE, on your right.
  • As you enter, you will pass a vacant guard station.
  • Immediately turn left after this and proceed on the access road that runs parallel to Sand Point Way NE until you reach The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

Walking / Cycling

Magnuson Park is located near the Burke-Gilman Trail, a walk/bike path that covers 14 miles from Seattle's Fremont neighborhood to Kirkland's Tracy Owen Station. We encourage our members and the general public to take advantage of this spectacular trail. For more information and maps, visit the Seattle Parks & Recreation's Burke Gilman Trail website. You can reach the building by leaving the trail at NE 77th St. and heading east.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will food be provided?
A: Yes, a light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Please bring a reusable water bottle, a backpack or bag, layers for the weather, gym shoes (if you plan to go to the rock climbing session) and the required forms. 

Q: When does the Summit start on Saturday?
A: The Summit officially starts at 9 am. Check-in is between 8 and 9 am.

Q: When does the Summit end?
A: The Summit ends at 5 pm. Participants are invited to stay for a Social Hour from 5-6 pm.

Q: What forms do I need to fill out and bring on Saturday and where can I find them? 
A: You'll need to complete/bring the NCI Participant Information and Release Form and the Mountaineers Liability Waiver. Check your email! A Welcome Packet containing these forms should have been sent to you.