Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV

What: Potomac Valley Audubon Society's Monthly Program: Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

Where: Hospice of the Panhandle, Education Center, Kearneysville

When: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM

Topic: Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress

Presenter: Melissa Castiano 

Cost: free

Join the Potomac Valley Audubon Society on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 PM for our regular monthly program.

Ms. Castiano will present on the Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress that is held annually at the National Conservation Training Center.

The Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC) is to engage tribal youth, college students, community mentors, and federal agencies/employees in educational opportunities in identifying and addressing natural resource conservation issues in communities, leadership development, and promoting communication and collaborative efforts across these groups.

Many of the youth that attend this Congress are traveling from their communities for the first time and the objective is to connect tribal youth and provide a venue so that their voices can be heard. In many cases, tribal communities are some of the most effected by climatic changes. The students are then provided grants from the partner federal agencies to continue the ground work in their communities.  

Melissa has a degree in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University.  As an undergraduate, she was recruited to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) which gave her opportunities to pursue fieldwork with Service biologists and continue her interest in conservation.  She has worked as a Wildlife Biologist with the Division of Ecological Services at the Southwest Regional Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is currently at the Service’s National Conservation Training Center as the Indigenous Youth Programs Coordinator, working at a national scale in engaging the next generation of native youth conservation leaders through Service programs or partnering agencies and organizations. Melissa is Dine’ (Navajo) from northwest New Mexico and is an active member of the Southwest Native American Fish and Wildlife Society. In her free time, she loves snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, running, crossfit, horror/Sci-fi movies and books, and hanging out with her dog, Lt. Ripley.

This program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.


Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430

GPS location is Food Lion, 50 Coast Guard Drive, Kearneysville (Hospice is directly across the street from Food Lion)


From WV Route 9, take the Short Road exit. If traveling east, take a left off the exit. If traveling west, take a right off the exit. Follow to the stop light at Sheetz.  Turn right. Take the next left across from Food Lion onto Hospice Lane. Follow the road back.

The office will be on your left (the inpatient facility will be on your right). The door to enter for the PVAS Program is to the right of the main office door. We will have a sign on the door. 

Please contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026 with any questions you may have.

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// 703-303-1026

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