PENNSYLVANIA has amazing state conservation agencies and organizations that want to engage and support young conservation leaders like YOU. BUT, it’s your job to find your favorite LOCAL agency or organization’s contact and follow through with connecting.
It’s your job to find your favorite LOCAL agency or
organization’s contact and follow through with connecting.
Use the confidence you gained at field school and take action!
State agencies are a great place to find opportunities- from volunteering at your local state park to helping at a check station for the PGC to job shadowing a Waterways Conservation Officer. Below are several Pennsylvania state agencies that would be perfect for you to connect with!
HOW TO CONNECT?
Go to their website and find the number for YOUR regional office, be prepared with 2
or 3 questions on how you might volunteer or shadow an individual from their agency!
Pennsylvania has so many amazing conservation organizations from those that support the habitat of specific species to those that engage citizens with service opportunities in our state parks. Below are some organizations to get started with for your outreach activities!
HOW TO CONNECT?
All of these organizations have local chapters/branches/groups. Go to their websites
and find the contact information for the groups closest to your region. Be prepared with 2 or 3 three
questions about the organizations, including when they meet and how you could volunteer for them!
The mission of Audubon PA conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity in Pennsylvania.
IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE OF AMERICA
The mission of IWL is To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.
The mission of Latino Outdoors is to inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented.
LET’S GO OUTDOORS
Based in Philadelphia, Let’s Go Outdoors’ mission is to city communities to outdoor experiences.
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
The NWTF is dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the
preservation of our hunting heritage.
NATIONAL DEER ASSOCIATION
NDA works to promote sustainable, high-quality deer populations, wildlife habitats and ethical hunting experiences through research, education, advocacy, and hunter recruitment.
PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
The mission of PACD is to be responsive to conservation districts so they can conserve natural resources for our future.
PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROFESSIONALS
The purpose of the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals is to promote environmental education, research, planning, assessment, review, and management through the formation and operation of a nonpolitical multidisciplinary professional society.
PENNSYLVANIA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCATION
The mission of the POWA is to enhance the skills of its members, provide a strong and resounding conservation message to the public, hold its membership to the highest ethical standards and provide a legacy for future generations of outdoor communicators.
PA PARKS AND FOREST FOUNDATION
PPFF’s mission is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.
RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY
The Ruffed Grouse Society creates healthy forest habitat for the
benefit of ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife.
Trout Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.
Venture Outdoors Mission: Inspire. Educate. Equip. We remove barriers and create access to outdoor experiences.
Besides finding a local chapter of one of the above organizations, your community likely has other local organizations too to engage with such as conservancies, watershed stewards, riverkeepers, land trusts, and sportsmen’s clubs.
Not sure how to figure it out to find that organization? Reach out to your local chamber of commerce OR contact Katie and she will help you!