Hi, my name is Garrison Russ and I am a Conservation Ambassador and want to Pay It Forward to the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders!
MY FUNDRAISING GOAL – $750
Goal Update: $500 of $750 raised !!
MY WLA STORY + WHY I WANT TO PAY IT FORWARD
Honestly I can say that the discipline aspect of the program is where I feel that they really excelled. For instance, if certain people whined and complained they wouldn’t even pay attention and would just continue the lesson. But they weren’t hard on us by any means at all (at least to me) and were extremely efficient in the limited time that they had.
What I appreciated was the fact that they took the time and effort to actually rope in some professionals of the conservation aspect to really help and go the extra mile with questions and concerns that we had.
My personal favorite thing I learned was that the Brown Trout was originally from Europe and the Rainbow was initially from California. All in all, I felt that the program was extremely beneficial and more informative than any other conservation camp I’ve ever been too.
I wouldn’t mind doing the Pay It Forward fundraiser mostly because of the assistance that it would provide. If there is some teen out there that wants to help save marine life but can’t afford it, then they should be given the opportunity to try and experience the real world and what it provides.
Thank you for helping me in Paying it Forward! ~ Garrison
Below is a slide show of some of my favorite parts of field school!
Attending an educational program offered by Caledonia State Park with my best friend, Andy.
The program taught us the importance of everything throughout the ecosystem, such as this American Basswood, not just stream inhabitants.
An industrious bee working hard to collect nectar from my uncle's Magnolia tree.
Bright colors abound in this field from Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
Interesting things are everywhere - this millipede was crossing the trail we were hiking in Shenandoah National Park.
“Every job is the self reflection of the person who did it.”
The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative of various state agencies and conservation organizations. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible. You will be supporting a worthy cause who’s mission it is to engage and empower the youth of our communities to ensure sustained wildlife, fisheries, and natural resources for years to come.
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.