At the Pennsylvania Bucktails field school you spend a week learning all about our state mammal, the white-tailed deer, it’s habitat needs, biology, management and more!
PA Bucktails takes place…
at the STONE VALLEY RECREATION AREA in the heart of central Pennsylvania near State College (see photo above!). Accommodations include a large classroom space, basic cabins with bunk beds and shared bathrooms.
2018 PA Bucktails Field School dates are: June 12-16.
A team of wildlife and outdoor professionals…
teach at the Pennsylvania Bucktails from various agencies and conservation organizations including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Army Corp of Engineers, Penn State Extension, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Quality Deer Management Association to university professors including instructors from Kutztown University, Penn State, and Dickinson College.
The Wildlife Leadership Academy has been an exceptional program for Luke. The hands-on learning, presentations and demonstration of leadership has helped him polish these skills. Seriously, we can not thank you enough!
WATCH THE SLIDESHOW TO FIND OUT WHAT STUDENTS LEARN!
ANATOMY AND NUTRITION: Students learn about what deer eat and why from QDMA Biologist Kip Adams.
FOREST ECOLOGY: Students learn about forest ecology from Penn State Extenstion's Regional Forest Resources Educator Dave Jackson.
PLANT ID AND COLLECTION: With the support of two ecologists, students learn what plants are important to deer, how to identify them and create their own plant collection.
PLANT PRESSING: Students create a plant collection that they will later use for their conservation education community outreach.
POPULATION BIOLOGY: Students learn from the Pennsylvania Game Commission's deer biologists about how they measure the population of deer in PA.
HABITAT ASSESSMENT: Led by wildlife biologist, Jeff Krause, students compare habitats that did and did not have deer exclosures.
HABITAT ASSESSMENT: Students get hands on mentorship from ecologists like Professor Chris Sacchi from Kutztown University.
AGING DEER: Students learn how to age deer by their jawbone and on the hoof from Quality Deer Management Association volunteers.
RANGE TIME: Students learn about firearms safety from NRA certified instructors and spend time at the range - both firearms and archery.
WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT: Wildlife Conservation Officers talk to students about their job and give them a chance to ask questions and practice their crime scene skills.
MEDIA ENGAGEMENT: Students learn from media experts from Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and more by practicing how to being interviewed on tv and radio and how to communicate with their local paper.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Students present different points of view during a "town hall meeting" about overpopulation of deer in a suburban town.
GRADUATION! Students stand proud as they pledge to move forward as conservation leaders in their home communities.
The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. The Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations.