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  • Raising Monarch Butterflies

    This week’s blog was written by Josephine R., a Bass alumni. Josephine hopes to find a job in the Environmental Science field, possibly as a Park Ranger or Environmental Scientist. She enjoys not only nature, but also dance, theater, and other artistic talents. Josephine also likes gardening and raising chickens as pets and for egg production.

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  • My WLA Story – Meet the Multimedia Marketing Specialist

    Hello everyone! My name is Katie Mace, and I am the Wildlife Leadership Academy’s new Multimedia Marketing Specialist. As an alum of the Academy, I am no stranger to the program. I’ve been working behind-the-scenes on the NextGen Blog for years sharing the incredible articles written by our Conservation Ambassadors, but today its my turn to share my WLA story. 

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  • A Journey Awaits At WLA

    This week’s blog is a guest post written by Lily G., an Ursids and Brookies alumni. Lily is active in her community as she holds a student position on her township’s Environmental Quality Board, serves as the president of the Horticulture Club, and is a member of the SAFE Club (Students Active For the Environment). She plans to attend college after high school and pursue a career in conservation law enforcement, education, or architecture.

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  • America’s Original Squirrel

    This week’s blog was written by Haden S., an Ursids alumni. Growing up in the country, both the outdoors and animals have always been a huge part of Haden’s life. Hiking, fishing, horseback-riding and fishing are his favorite hobbies. Haden wanted to attend the Wildlife Leadership Academy to learn more about the natural world and how to protect it for future generations.

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  • Changing Leaves

    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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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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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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