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  • Stepping Stones Program Recap

    Our first-ever Stepping Stones Program was off the hook this past weekend! In partnership with the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Association, the Stepping Stones Program used fly fishing as a recreational pathway for students to learn about fisheries biology, conservation, and leadership skills development. 

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  • Flashback Blog: The Grandmother of the Conservation Movement

    This week’s flashback blog was written in 2017 by Julia B, a Bass and Bucktails alum. In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, we are taking a look back at the the history of Margaret Murie, the Grandmother of the conservation movement, and how her efforts helped to save important areas of wilderness.

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  • Outreach Highlight: Cultivating Conservation Leadership

    Today, we’re shining a spotlight on Savannah G., a Brookies alum whose outreach efforts since attending our field school last summer include guiding her family on outdoor adventures as well as taking on a leadership role in her school’s Horticulture Club.

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  • Flashback Blog – Discovering My Voice in Conservation

    This week’s Flashback Blog was written in 2020 by Emma O., a Drummers alum. She shares how her experiences with the Wildlife Leadership Academy have helped her discover her future career path.

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  • Outreach Highlight – Jake Mentors Others in Nature

    A key component of Conservation Ambassador Training is the community outreach that takes place after students attend a summer field school. The Academy asks youth to share their knowledge through education, service, media engagement, creative arts, and outdoor mentorship projects. Jake S., a Bass alum and passionate outdoorsman, has been making significant strides in conservation and outdoor education since his time at field school last June. His commitment to environmental stewardship and fostering a love for nature among his peers is remarkable. Let’s take a closer look at some of the initiatives Jake has undertaken since his Bass field school experience.

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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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