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  • PA Bucktails – Field School Highlights

    PA Bucktails was hot with excitement as students engaged with professionals and immersed themselves in the fascinating world of white-tailed deer and their habitat. As we celebrate our newest Conservation Ambassadors, take a look at the highlights from our first field school of the summer!

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  • Reflecting on Last Year’s Field School Highlights 

    As we prepare to welcome this year’s class of Conservation Ambassadors, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the remarkable achievements and experiences from last year’s field school season. In 2023, the Wildlife Leadership Academy provided the opportunity for 120 high-achieving youth to immerse themselves in a comprehensive study of Pennsylvania’s diverse wildlife and fish species along with their natural habitats.

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  • Flashback Blog: A Cool Story for the Summer Heat

    This week’s flashback blog was written in 2022 by Kala D., a 2008 Bucktails alumni. Kala earned her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2019, she graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a master’s degree in Environmental Science.

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  • Class of 2023 – Record Breaking Outreach Accomplishments

    After attending our summer field school, the Academy encourages youth to return to their communities and undertake outreach projects. These projects involve sharing their newfound knowledge through education, service, media engagement, creative arts, and outdoor mentorship.

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  • Outreach Highlight: Alana’s Outreach Lens

    One of the most exciting things about receiving the outreach record book submissions is seeing how each student puts their own unique spin on their projects. Some students enjoy mentoring others in nature, while others prefer to give presentations about their Academy experience. Today we are highlighting the work of Alana M., a Bucktails alum who took the creative arts category by storm with an extensive photography portfolio capturing the beauty of the places she has visited and the things she has seen.

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Nominate a Teen Today!

Academy students gain extensive knowledge about wildlife, fisheries, and conservation plus develop leadership and communication skills. Do you know of a student who would benefit from our program? Learn more about the nomination process today!

Our Mission

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.

Becoming a Conservation Ambassador

Our student’s Conservation Ambassador journey begins as they attend rigorous summer field schools that focus on wildlife/fisheries biology and conservation as well as leadership skills development and continues with community outreach through education, service, media engagement, creative arts, and outdoor mentorship.  Take a tour of a field school below or click right through to learn the benefits of being a part of the Wildlife Leadership Academy and apply!

PA Bucktails

Focusing on white-tailed deer, their biology, habitat and management.

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PA Bass

Focusing on bass and warm water conservation.

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Focusing on brook trout and coldwater conservation.

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Focusing on ruffed grouse and early successional habitat.

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Focusing on the wild turkey, their biology and habitat engagement.

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Focusing on the black bear, its biology and habitat needs.

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