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Pay It Forward

Hi, my name is Derrick Via, student of Cedar Crest High School, and I am a Conservation Ambassador and want to Pay It Forward to the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders!


Goal update: $705 raised!



I still remember the first day of WLA vividly, being showed to my cabin and pinning on my name tag. I met my team of four other like-minded high schoolers and I fit right in. After the parents left we met in the main room, at that moment the most educational experience of my life began. Experts from a multitude of fields came in and taught me about an animal I had never even heard of. Now I am educated enough to teach other people about not only the Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock, but about the importance of having a varied ecosystem and managing of animals. Most importantly though is what I learned about leadership. I learned that just by my impact on my local community I can make a change for not only the betterment of our natural resources, but for the betterment of our future generations.

I want to Pay It Forward so I can share my incredible experience. To give another person the knowledge that they can make a difference.

Thank you for helping me in Paying it Forward!  – Derrick

Below is a slide show of some of my favorite parts of field school!

  • As a part of my outreach I mentored a friend in gun safety and how to shoot clay birds.
  • Identifying different plant species as me and a friend explore Timberdoodle Flats in Allegheny National Forest.


Will you help me PAY IT FORWARD?  Give today!

“Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman

The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative of various state agencies and conservation organizations. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible. You will be supporting a worthy cause who’s mission it is to engage and empower the youth of our communities to ensure sustained wildlife, fisheries, and natural resources for years to come.