At the Pennsylvania Gobblers field school you spend a week learning all about Pennsylvania’s wild turkey, its habitat needs, biology, management and more!
PA Gobblers takes place…
at the STONE VALLEY RECREATION AREA in the heart of central Pennsylvania near State College. Accommodations include a large classroom space, basic cabins with bunk beds and shared bathrooms.
2018 PA Gobblers Field School dates are: July 24-28
A team of wildlife and outdoor professionals…
teach at the Pennsylvania Gobblers field school from various agencies, conservation organizations, universities and more, including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and more!
From one of our students!
The program allowed me to work at a position of leading and working for the protection and preservation of wildlife. The experience was something I was able to take into high school, college, and beyond!
WATCH THE SLIDESHOW TO FIND OUT WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN AT OUR FIRST PA GOBBLERS FIELD SCHOOL!
Students learn about turkey capture techniques in the field from the PGC’s turkey biologist.
Students learn how to age and sex turkey.
Students learn turkey calling techniques from NWTF staff and volunteers.
Students learn how to identify plants within turkey habitat.
Students take notes and answer questions.
ANATOMY AND NUTRITION: Students learn about what turkey eat and why as well as compare their anatomy to other bird species.
FOREST ECOLOGY: Students learn about forest ecology from professionals in the field.
PLANT ID AND COLLECTION: With the support of ecologists, students learn what plants are important to turkey, how to identify them and create their own plant collection.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Students present different points of view during a "town hall meeting" about about Marcellus Shale and a pipeline project near their community.
RANGE TIME: Students learn about firearms safety from NRA certified instructors and spend time at the range.
HABITAT ASSESSMENT: Students get hands on mentorship to learn how to assess wildlife habitat.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Students will have fun and learn during various team building sessions.
Become a part of inaugural class of PA Gobblers students by applying today!
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.