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Adult Mentor Opportunties

“I have gained a new insight into the opportunities that exist in conservation, ecology, and wildlife studies; I had no idea how much we stood to learn about grouse!”   -Cindy, 2015 Team Leader (PA Drummers)

By participating as an Adult Mentor during an Academy field school, you can help nurture and develop Pennsylvania’s future conservation leaders.

How you benefit as an educator when you attend the Academy

  • Skills Development – Improve conservation, ecology, and biodiversity literacy through hands-on training in plant ID, wildlife/fisheries biology, and ecosystem management
  • Network with Leading Experts in the Field  – Engage with top conservation professionals, like former PA state bear biologist, Gary Alt, PA state wildlife vet, Justin Brown, and more!
  • Earn Act 48 credit hours and College Credits – Further your Professional development with this unique opportunity to earn 40 Act 48 credit hours and/or 3 college credits through Cedar Crest College

Your Role As An Adult Mentor

Team Leaders (adult mentors) participate fully in all aspects of the program:

  • learning right alongside their team of youth participants for the 5 night, 4 day residential field school and
  • serving as the primary mentors and motivators of the youth, guiding them as they push themselves academically, physically, and emotionally

Each field school can accommodate four Team Leaders, each of whom will be part of a team consisting of five youth and one youth Assistant Team Leader (a student who has participated in the program in a prior year). Team Leaders will receive a scholarship covering tuition costs (includes materials, food, and housing for the week).


We are looking for adults (21 years and older) who are passionate about the outdoors, wildlife, and conservation and who have a genuine interest in youth education. Teachers are encouraged to apply!

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

2019 field school dates:

 *click on the field school name to learn more; please note these dates reflect adult mentors arriving a day earlier for field school orientation.  Field school offerings subject to change.


focuses on the white-tailed deer
JUNE 10-15
at Camp Krislund in Madisonburg, Centre County


focuses on Bass
JUNE 17-22
at Camp Krislund in Madisonburg, Centre County


focuses on Brook trout
JULY 22-27
at Seig Conference Center in Clinton County


focuses on the Ruffed Grouse
JULY 22-27
at Camp Krislund in Madisonburg, Centre County


focuses on turkey
JULY 29-August 3
at Camp Krislund in Madisonburg, Centre County

QUESTIONS? Contact Program and Outreach Coordinator, Katie Cassidy, kcassidy@wildlifeleadershipacademy.org; (570) 939-5109.