PA Drummers is not in the curriculum rotation for this year. We hope to get it back on the schedule next summer!
At PA DRUMMERS, the ruffed grouse serves as a springboard to learn about biology, ecology, early succesional habitat and grouse 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 Drummers Field School.
Students learn how to identify plants that are important to ruffed grouse as well as how to preserve these plants and create a collection.
Students learn how to use tools that biologists use in the field like radio telemetry.
Students get a glimpse of the behavior and training of bird dogs during a field demonstration.
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.
All week long, students engage with professionals in the conservation field including individuals from the PA Game Commission, PA DCNR, the Ruffed Grouse Society and more!
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.