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RAILS Program for Teens in 2016

"Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Stewardship"

The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's RAILS Program for Teens provides free education and training for young adults to help them develop skills in environmental "Research, Advocacy, Identification, Leadership and Stewardship" – skills that will help them excel in higher education and careers in wildlife biology, field ecology and environmental education.

Date Summary (details below)

March 31, 7 PM Orientation and Information, Session 1 (RSVP for either session)
May 3, 7 PM Orientation and Information, Session 2 (RSVP for either session)
May 25, 5 PM Application Deadline
July 18 Program Begins
July 22 Program Ends

Who should Participate?

The program is for young adults ages 14-18 who have completed at least one year of High School, and who show an interest in the natural sciences and want to expand those interests into potential career tracks.

By introducing a younger and more ethnically diverse population to careers in conservation, advocacy and environmental education, RAILS aims to help shape the next generation of conservation leaders and carry Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society's mission into the 21st century.

Program Contents

Participate in a week-long summer training program that provides a strong foundation in the knowledge of local plants and wildlife, environmental science, field ecology, outdoor skills, environmental education practices, and local and regional conservation issues. Participants will explore a variety of local nature preserves and open space areas, learn critical field research skills, and gain experience as Junior Counselors in a nature camp setting. Review the program syllabus.

Program Schedule and Location

Participants attend the week-long exploration sessions Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22.

Training is based out of our headquarters at McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. Transportation from McClellan Ranch Preserve will be provided for off-site locations.

Application and Orientation

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 25, 2016 at 5 PM, or until the program is full. Both a completed Application Form and Recommendation Form (the recommendation should be submitted in its own sealed envelope) are required to apply.

Interested candidates and their parents should attend one of the Orientation and Information sessions at McClellan Ranch Preserve on March 31, 2016 or May 3, 2016 at 7 PM. Please RSVP for either session or by email to the Education and Outreach Director at

Certificate of Completion

After successfully completing RAILS, graduates will receive a course completion certificate.


Contact our Education and Outreach Director at or (408) 252-3740 with any questions.