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  • Mental Health and Nature

    This week’s blog was written by Audrey M., a Gobblers alumni. Audrey loves wildlife and would like to make their passion for the outdoors into a career one day! WLA has been a great opportunity for furthering their portfolio. The program has taught them more creative ways to teach others and help the environment. Audrey has started to incorporate wildlife into their art, which brings another part of their personality to their work.

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  • The Highlights of My Week at Wildlife Leadership Academy

    This week’s blog was written by Evangeline T., an Ursids alumni. Evangeline loves to be creative, especially in the kitchen! She would like to pursue a degree in baking and pastry arts. Evangeline is very extroverted and loves to hang out with friends and family. She adores animals and learning about them, so she attended …

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  • Flashback Blog: The Snow and the Birds

    This week’s Flashback Blog was written in 2021 by Micaela J., a Bucktails alumni. Micaela is currently a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she is studying Mathematics/Actuarial Science. Micaela credits WLA for making her aware of her impact on the environment, although she has always been conscious of her ecological footprint. The Wildlife Leadership Academy has also encouraged Michaela to advocate to others the importance of program and it’s impact.

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  • Outreach Highlight – Karlie Mentors Others in the Outdoors

    November marked the Early Bird outreach deadline for this past summers class of Conservation Ambassadors. Katie Cassidy, Director of Outreach and Alumni Engagement was blown away with all the incredible outreach projects being completed all over the state! Today we are highlighting Karlie, a graduate of the Brookies summer field school and the Academy Student of the Month for December! Karlie has hit the ground running after her field school and worked on a variety of outreach, getting out into her community to share her knowledge of the brook trout and beyond.

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  • Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall, PA

    This week’s blog was written by Cody S., a Gobblers alumni. This summer, at the Gobblers field school, Cody learned from experts about turkey species and their habitat. His favorite experience at the field school was learning from all the professionals. At the Academy, Cody also learned skills that will help him become a leader in his community. Cody has done a roadside cleanup, wrote newspaper articles, and created trifolds for display at libraries for his outreach record book.

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Nominate a Teen Today!

We are now taking nominations for the 2024 field school season. 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? Nominate them 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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PA BROOKIES

Focusing on brook trout and coldwater conservation.

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PA DRUMMERS

Focusing on ruffed grouse and early successional habitat.

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PA GOBBLERS

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

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PA URSIDS

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

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