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  • What Bug Is Eating My State Tree?

    This week’s blog was written by Paloma M., a Brookies alumni. Paloma is a reporter who specializes in environmental and climate studies. She loves informing those around her about the latest news about our planet, with an emphasis on politics and media. She attended Wildlife Leadership Academy to get out into the world and learn more about the environment she was reporting on.

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  • Flashback Blog: Autumn’s Gift

    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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  • Flashback Blog: Caverns of the Mid-Atlantic

    This week’s Flashback Blog was written in 2021 by Kendal M., a Brookies, Bass, and Gobblers alumni. Kendal is currently a student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where they are studying Forest Ecology. Kendal returned to the academy this summer where they aided in supporting the field school as an apprentice.

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  • Flashback Blog: Hike With Care

    This week’s Flashback Blog was written by Laura M., a Bass alumni. Laura is currently a student at Penn State University studying Civil Engineering. This past spring, Laura took a study abroad trip to Peru to study sustainability and the Spanish language. Laura credits WLA for giving her a new perspective on conservation – specifically the mock town hall meeting that helped her understand that sustainability has to be looked at through many perspectives.

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    A group of students posing at the base of a waterfall
  • Flashback Blog: Finding My Voice in Legislation

    This week’s Flashback Blog was written in 2020 by Emma O., a Drummers alumni. Emma is currently a student at Bowdoin College. She is still exploring her college major but has an interest in Environmental Studies as well as Government and Legal Studies. Emma spent this past summer on a remote island in Canada completing a forestry research fellowship. She focused on the potential impact of moss forest floor substrate on conifer seedling recruitment.

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Nominate a Teen Today!

We are now taking nominations for the 2023 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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