STEMinists Leadership Development Program


There are two components to this program, and both are mandatory.

  1. Attend our STEMinists Leadership Development program on July 3-4 to get certified as a Terranaut Club “Leader-in-Training”
  2. Volunteer as a Leader-in-Training at one of our Junior level programs this July and help us run the program by leading an activity (that you developed!) and supervising our younger participants


  • July 3-4
  • 2 days, camping overnight
  • Wolfville & Smiley’s Provincial Park
  • 6 seats
  • Pay-what-you-can
  • Drop-off/pick-up times and locations to be determined
  • No prior knowledge or experience needed


  • Learning about authentic leadership and how to develop your own leadership style
  • Developing 1-hour, hands-on activities for our Junior level programs and practicing leading these activities
  • Learning about environmental and science education, along with effective teaching and classroom management strategies
  • Collecting water samples and learning about water quality and chemistry
  • Snorkeling to survey the underwater habitat at Smiley’s Provincial Park
  • Joining Girls on Boards for an exciting SUPing expedition at Lumsden Pond Provincial Park
  • Doing mini-interviews with female leaders in STEM to learn about their research and experiences, and then turning them into social media posts to promote women in science
  • Learning about careers in STEM and environmental education and how to study this at college or university


Girls must attend our STEMinists Leadership Development program on July 3-4 to get certified as a “Leader-in-Training”. As part of this program, girls must then volunteer at one of the following programs:

🦞 Junior Marine Biology Level I

July 7-8 | 2 days, overnight | Windsor & Smiley’s Provincial Park

🐟 Junior Marine Biology Level II

July 11-12 | 2 days, overnight | Wolfville & Smiley’s Provincial Park

🦇 Junior Wildlife Conservation

July 22-23 | 2 days, overnight | Fundy National Park


Girls and under-represented genders aged 15 – 18 who live in the Maritimes (NB, NS, PEI). Applicants for this program must be returning Terranaut Club participants (have participated in an in-person program before) to be eligible.

How To Apply

Nominations are not required for this program, but girls+ must complete the following application. Parent/guardian help may be needed for the start of this form, but girls+ are expected to complete the final 3 questions themselves.

Before applying, please make sure that your nominee is available for at least 2 of the volunteering programs dates since we can’t guarantee their first choice. This application closes on May 10th.

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