June 18-22, 2024
At PA BUCKTAILS, the white-tailed deer serves as a springboard to learn about biology, ecology, habitat and deer management. After field school, armed with knowledge, leadership skills, and the support of Academy staff, students return to their communities to serve as Conservation Ambassadors.
Below are a few highlights of the PA Bucktails field school curriculum.
Students learn about white-tailed deer natural history, anatomy, and their habitat.
Students learn how to identify plants that are important to deer as well as how to preserve these plants and create a collection.
Students learn how to use tools that biologists use in the field such as radio telemetry.
Students learn the role of hunting in wildlife management and spend time at the range learning about firearms safety and engaging in target shooting and archery.
Students learn how to evaluate deer habitat through hand-on field exercises.
Students also prepare to become Conservation Ambassadors in their home communities through leadership skill development by engaging in mock town hall meetings, group presentations and team building exercises.
Check out sample lectures and browse through the highlight videos below to explore the ins and outs of field school!