Youth Summit

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28th March 2019

16-18 year olds coming together to stand up for nature

Join Nick Baker, Sophie Pavelle and Surrey Wildlife Trust for our FREE Youth Summit at Nower Wood, Leatherhead

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Have a voice

Time is running out! We are at a tipping point where we have the ability to prevent irreversible damage to our planet.

2019 is the Year of Green Action; young people are demanding a greener, sustainable future which prioritises the environment.  Momentum for action is building – will you be part of this change?

Sophie Pavelle

We want your thoughts, ideas and opinions on current environmental matters and what we can all do to make a real difference. There will be inspirational keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and an open forum to discuss and debate with fellow students.

You will learn lobbying and promotional skills, improve your knowledge of our native species and at the same time be part of something that could enhance your UCAS applications and CVs.

By the end of the day, together we will have six Pledges for Nature - six actions for schools in Surrey and beyond to adopt and make a lasting difference to the state of nature in the UK.

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Keynote speakers

Nick Baker

Television wildlife presenter Nick Baker has travelled to the wildest parts of the planet in search of weird, bizarre and incredible creatures. He has worked with National Geographic, the BBC and the Discovery Channel to name just a few.

Sophie Pavelle

Forever intrigued by the natural world, Sophie's love of wildlife, adventure and digital media has seen her work alongside The Wildlife Trusts, Countryfile Magazine, BBC Earth and BBC Springwatch. Sophie is especially keen on inspiring millennials and ‘Gen Z’, to get outside and stay curious about the natural world.

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About the day


Time Agenda

Arrival, pastries and opening activity


Welcome and introduction

Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Year of Green Action - Sarah Jane Chimbwandira (CEO)


The Environment Bill: Time for Change - Will Parsons (Campaign Officer)

Keynote Speaker: Sophie Pavelle#iwill: Connecting with Nature through the Digital World 

10:40 Break & light refreshments

The Value of Nature: Connectivity and Biodiversity - Ben Siggery (GIS Analyst)


Workshop Session 1

12:00 Lunch (hot lunch provided!)

Workshop Session 2

13:30 Workshop Session 3
14:15 Keynote Speaker: Nick Baker - #MyWildLife and a close up look at the amazing creatures found in the workshops
15:00 Forum: 6 Pledges for Nature - How can we make a real difference?
16:00 Departure


Workshop Details

All attendees will be able participate in all three of the 45 minute workshops over the course of the day.

Workshop 1:  Recording Species 
How can we protect nature if we don't know what is there? Citizen science allows everyone to be part of identifying and recording biodiversity. Take part in a Bioblitz and learn about the nature on your doorstep while playing a key role in scientific research. All of the data collected throughout the day will be sent to SBIC (Surrey Biodiversity Information Centre) and used to contribute to the Surrey Wildlife Trust's research and monitoring plan.

Workshop 2: Time for Change
This government has promised to leave the environment in a better state than they inherited it, do you think they are doing enough? Time for you to take action! We will workshop a range of skills to help you make a real impact from launching your campaigns and initiatives at school to lobbying your local MPs. In teams there will be time to develop concepts and visuals, storyboard ideas and develop a social media plan.

Workshop 3: Nature needs #NoFilter
Join science communicator Sophie Pavelle and see how her wild adventures are documented on her Instagram. Discover how to make the ordinary extraordinary through vlogs and social media. David Attenborough can't do it all so get your phone out and get going!

Important Information

This event is for 16-18 year olds.

Booking is free, but you need to book online to secure your place. Please use the link below. Groups are limited to eight students and two teachers to maximise the number of schools who can attend, but if you would like more spaces please email us (details below) and we will see if we can be flexible. Alternatively, students can dropped off and collected by parents.

A hot lunch will be provided, as well as refreshments throughout the day. You are welcome to bring any snacks to supplement this, but please be aware our centre is strictly nut free.

The Youth Summit will be held at Nower Wood Education Centre, near Leatherhead. You can find out more about the facilities here. The building is fully wheelchair accessible and has a Changing Places toilet. If any of your attendees have accessibility needs please let us know in advance so that we can ensure that everyone gets the most out of the day.

There is no direct public transport to the Centre and parking is limited, so we encourage car sharing where possible. Ideally, each school should bring one car rather than a minibus to maximise available spaces. 

Please arrive promptly at 9:00am, park in the car park and walk through the archway up the hill to the Centre.

On the day, you need to bring:

  • Smart phones and tablets, social media is a big part of the day!
  • Something to write on and write with
  • Sensible outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Warm, waterproof coat

Every delegate gets to take home an EcoSwagBag!


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Book now!

This event is free but booking is essential, spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

There is currently a limit of 8 students per school, accompanied by 1 or 2 staff, but this may increase nearer the time. If you would like more spaces please get in touch.

If you have any questions you can email us at or call 01372 379509

Book now

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This is just the beginning...

We want you to go away with a taste of a #WilderFuture and take the knowledge and skills you have learnt into university and beyond. Here are some ways in which you can get started making a difference right now...


Rewrite environmental laws

2019 is the Year of Green Action, and also when the government will be writing the new Environment Bill - for the first time in 20 years we have the chance to significantly influence the laws that will shape the future of nature in the UK. You can tell your MP what you think, and we can help you.

Find out more

Get active on social media

Share, tag, post, retweet and shout about all of the things that matter to you. Whether it's a selfie in our beautiful countryside or a sea turtle eating plastic - make people care and keep the momentum going. It might seem silly but this can change people's minds.

Find out more

Join an organisation

The are tonnes of professional and charitable organisations dedicated to making the world a greener place. By being a member you will not only support a cause you believe in but stay in the loop with current affairs, make connections and take part in events and campaigns

Find out more


Sometimes the most valuable thing you can give is your time. Surrey Wildlife Trust, and many other organisations, depend on dedicated volunteers who help in nearly every aspect of our work.

Find out more