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Student Quotes

"Among the many lessons I took away from the Summit, probably the biggest would be the importance of confidence. If you want to make a difference in the world you can't be afraid to step up and ask questions, and you can't be afraid to fight for what you believe in even in the face of opposition. Confidence in your beliefs and the ability to be proven wrong are the most important traits for young leaders to possess."

"[I enjoyed the] ability to interact and discuss environmental issues with other people my age who are as passionate and knowledgeable about the environment as I am. In school it's frustrating because my classmates often just don't care, but at WYSE I met people who are interested in managing the world's environment sustainably."

    The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

    George Mason University along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). This summer the WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. Mason is both the largest public university in Virginia and one of the most culturally diverse universities in the nation.

    WYSE Partners

    FONZ National Geographic National Zoological Park


    Located in Fairfax VA, Mason's beautiful campus is just minutes from Washington D.C.  The unique learning opportunities in and around the nation’s capital are only part of the reason why George Mason University is ranked the #1 “School to Watch” by US News and World Report.  Nationally, Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s rank Mason among the 50 best values in higher education.  Mason is the only school in the D.C. area to receive these distinctions.  Prospective students can explore Mason's interactive site at

    Mason attracts proven and innovative leaders in conservation, climate change, and the environment. Faculty members have developed the WYSE curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. Curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders, not only from Mason, but from international conservation experts and Washington insiders. High School National Youth Delegates will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to the environment, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.