For Youth

Youth Pathways

Every year, the Center for Land-Based Learning cultivates ideas and opportunities for nearly 1,200 youth across California, training, guiding and motivating students to pursue careers within agriculture and environmental sciences. We strive to introduce children and young adults to avenues they’ve not yet explored and might otherwise be unable to access.

Dreamers, Start Here.

Through four youth programs in 27 counties, Center for Land-Based Learning works to connect underserved and underrepresented communities to vital, impactful careers.


The FARMS Program

The FARMS program exposes urban, suburban and rural youth to career opportunities within working farms, agribusinesses and in higher education. The program has three tiers: FARMS Leadership, FARMS Advanced, and Internships.

The SLEWS Program

The SLEWS program engages high school students in hands-on habitat restoration. Over the course of the school year, students visit regional farms, ranches and open spaces to build biodiversity, and learn about environmental careers.


The Urban Ag Internship Program

A year-long paid internship offering high school students the opportunity to explore ag and environmental science careers, develop professional and leadership skills, and make industry connections.

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Caring for Watersheds

Caring for Watersheds

In the Caring for Our Watersheds contest, young people propose student-led solutions to preserve and improve their local watersheds. Finalists from each contest win cash prizes with additional funding available to implement any feasible solutions.