Youth Environmental Conference
The inaugural Youth Environmental Conference was held in 1976 in Beckley. The YEC is a weekend conference in the fall filled with environmental activities geared toward youth between the ages of 13 and 18. The participants attend environmental workshops on subjects such as recycling, clean water, wildlife, etc.
The 2018 conference was hosted by the Charleston Marriott on Oct. 12-14. Activities included a visit to the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center, a tour of the J.Q. Dickenson Salt Works in Malden and a stop at West Virginia Cashin' Recyclables in Nitro. The 2019 conference is scheduled for Sept. 27-29 at Hawks Nest State Park.