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  • PA Brookies – Field School Highlights 

    The PA Brookies students just finished “reeling” in an incredible week, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. This week the students engaged with professionals and immersed themselves into bass, stream ecology, habitat, watersheds, and cold water fisheries conservation. As we celebrate this week’s class of Conservation Ambassadors, take a look at the highlights from PA Brookies!

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  • Introducing Advanced Educational Training – Forestry 

    We are excited to announce the launch of our Advanced Educational Training (AET) program, exclusively designed for our WLA alumni under the age of 18. This unique weekend program offers an immersive experience rooted in the forestry field and wood products industry. 

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  • PA Bass – Field School Highlights 

    The PA Bass students just finished “reeling” in an incredible week, and we couldn’t be more proud of them. This week the students engaged with professionals and immersed themselves into bass, stream ecology, habitat, watersheds, and warm water fisheries conservation. As we celebrate this week’s class of Conservation Ambassadors, take a look at the highlights from PA Bass!

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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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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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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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