at the CAMP OAK HILL in Nottingham, PA in southern Lancaster County close to Octoraro Lake and the Susquehanna River. Accommodations include a classroom space, rooms with bunks and shared bathrooms.
The 2017 PA Bass Field School dates are: June 27 – July 1.
A team of fisheries and warm water conservation professionals…
teach at the PA Bass field school from various agencies and conservation organizations including Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission!
From one of our Alumnus about the impact the Academy had on them:
I am more aware of conservation and how to magnify my efforts towards it. I was also exposed to a fantastic network of organizations dedicated to this purpose. Learning at this age in my life, rather than later, impacted me greatly in how I think about the environment and its inhabitants, and I would fully recommend the program to other young outdoor enthusiasts!
STUDENTS AT THE PA BASS FIELD SCHOOL WILL LEARN:
ANATOMY AND LIFE HISTORY OF BASS
RIVER AND WATERSHED ECOLOGY focusing on the Susquehanna River Watershed
RESEARCH AND MONITORING OF BASS POPULATIONS
HOW TO MONITOR THE WATER QUALITY AND HEALTH OF A RIVER
HOW TO ENGAGE WITH THE MEDIA
HOW TO FISH FOR BASS at Lake Octorara!
LEADERSHIP AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS that will support you as you become a CONSERVATION AMBASSADOR!
FISH DISSECTIONS: Students learn about the anatomy of a bass and other fish PFBC biologists.
MACROINVERTEBRATE COLLECTIONS: Students collect and learn about macroinvertebrates in the on-site stream from Penn State Extension Entomologist Greg Hoover.
FIELD SITE TRIPS: Students learn about the Susquehanna River, it's history and how PFBC biologists study bass populations.
TEAM BUILDING: Students participate in team building activities that help them get to know each other better and communicate.
TOWN HALL MEETING: Students represent different stakeholder groups at a town hall meeting where the issue of storm water management in a "local town" is addressed.
FISH HABITAT: Students have to work with PFBC and DNCR staff to build fish habitat for local lakes.
GRADUATION: Excited by everything that they learned, PA Bass graduates stand proud and ready to become conservation leaders!
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.