The Soil and Water Conservation Society Emerging Leaders Program is designed to nurture the next generation of conservation leaders. This initiative blends learning modules, mentorship, and hands-on projects to foster resilient professionals capable of addressing modern conservation challenges. Through experiential learning and skill development, participants gain the expertise, networks, and passion needed to drive positive change in their communities. For more information, please email

2024 SWCS Emerging Leaders Program

The inaugural class of SWCS Emerging Leaders kicked off their program in September 2023. Their program culminated at the 79th SWCS International Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in July 2024. Participants spanned 36 states/territories/provinces and represented a wide range of disciplines. As a part of the program, these leaders hosted several local conservation events and initiatives in addition to participating in existing SWCS projects and events. 

View the 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders

2024 Mid-Program Update

Guide Emerging Leaders at the 79th SWCS International Annual Conference