About EcoLeaders

What is National Wildlife Federation's EcoLeaders Program?

The NWF Campus Ecology program has been working with colleges and universities for more than 25 years to protect wildlife and habitat through campus sustainability efforts. Recognizing that students are the catalysts for change, NWF Campus Ecology created NWF EcoLeaders - a leadership and career development program for college students and young professionals. 

Why NWF EcoLeaders?

NWF EcoLeaders Program envisions a future in which all wild creatures and natural areas are protected and thriving, and all people have the opportunity to live healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lives. We envision a way of life that embodies the values of economic, social and environmental equity and sustainability. We believe that young leaders are vital to making this vision a reality.

Hands-on experience

Hands-On Experience

Gain hands-on project experience that will help you make a real impact on today’s biggest environmental issues

Mentorship and Support


Set yourself apart from other students looking for a fulfulling, well-paying job that is good for the planet. 


Career Resources

Turn your passion into your profession. Learn how to prepare for and find a great job to help the planet.   

Why Join NWF EcoLeaders?

For more than 25 years, NWF has been working with students on projects that create greener, wildlife-friendly campuses and communities. NWF's EcoLeaders Initiative will provide you with hands-on project experience that will enable you to make a real impact on today's biggest environmental issues, while also helping you build practice and leadership skills that will set you apart from your peers.

  • Learn about and make a real impact on today's biggest environmental issues.
  • Connect the individual issues you are passionate about to a larger movement aimed at protecting wildlife and improving people's lives.
  • Connect and collaborate with peers to speed learning and increase impact.
  • Build leadership and sustainability skills that will differentiate you from other candidates in a competitive job market.
  • Connect to NWF's staff, networks and resources.

How it works

  • Start or Join

    Declare an EcoMission

    Share your EcoMission and tell us why you do what you do. 
  • Connect with leaders

    Start a Project

    Start a sustainability project on campus, and check out the EcoLeaders project planning resource library. 
  • Build your skillset

    Support Others

    Support and network with other students and young professionals across the U.S. 
  • Get recognized

    Get Certified

    Earn certification for your project-based leadership for the environment to share on your resume.