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PAY IT FORWARD is the Wildlife Leadership Academy’s annual youth fundraiser where we challenge the current year’s class of students and alumni to raise $500 each and Pay It Forward to the new class of incoming students.

“The WLA changed my life, so I would like to help provide the same experience to another youth interested in the future of our world. ” – Student Sarah M. on why she wanted to Pay It Forward


You can read the stories of our students on their Pay It Forward fundraising pages and give your support to a student’s campaign today!

Lisa Beltz

The best part about this camp was being able to go explore the nature and environment there. Especially when we looked at the different types of plant life that were there.  GIVE TO Lisa’s fundraising page today!



Ashley Bender

This summer, I got the chance to attend the Wildlife Leadership Academy – Gobblers Field School. At the Field School, we learned an abundance of information, while doing it hands-on. I would have to say my favorite part of the Academy was dissecting the turkey! It was so cool. I learned that communication is a must with leadership.  GIVE TO Ashley’s fundraising page today!


Laura Malehorn

Wildlife Leadership Academy was an amazing experience and I loved all five days at the PA Bass Field School. Every day was full of learning while being taught from the top people in the field. Even though I enjoyed everything, my favorite experience was collecting macroinvertebrates (small insects) from a stream and learning how to use them to determine water quality.  GIVE TO Laura’s fundraising page today!


Hannah Gaibor

Attending WLA was the best decision I made this year. I lost some sleep, but I gained so many things that will stay with me forever. While I was there I was able to meet people who are all making a difference with the work they do. The leadership and teamwork I saw and got to be a part of showed me that my generation can make a difference, and it starts with me.  GIVE TO Hannah’s fundraising page today!


Haillee Akis

The Wildlife Leadership Academy was an experience that I will never forget. I loved getting to have discussions about college, future jobs, and even getting to learn about the background of many of the wildlife professionals who spoke to us at the Academy. I also really enjoyed the hands on activities at the Academy including shooting at the range, dissecting a pheasant, and handling grouse feathers. This Academy taught me valuable skills that I will take with me for many years to come. GIVE TO Haillee’s fundraising page today!

Chloe Horning

Attending the Wildlife Leadership Academy for Brookie’s was such an eye opening experience! The school has helped me build social skills and has expanded my knowledge on environmental sustainability/conservation. I will use these skills and abilities to study ecology in the nearby future! GIVE TO Chloe’s fundraising page today!


Kaden Robinson

At the Pennsylvania Bucktails Field School I spent five days learning about our state mammal, the white-tailed deer, its habitat needs, biology, and management.  I want to give the future students every opportunity to do learn how to become conservation ambassadors in their communities. GIVE TO Kaden’s fundraising page today!



Laurie Enders

At WLA I was able to be a leader, and that was such a great feeling. I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime at the Wildlife Leadership Academy.  I would like to Pay It Forward to the next class of WLA students because WLA gave me such an amazing, educational, life-changing experience, that I want the next class of students to go home feeling as wonderful as I did. GIVE TO Laurie’s fundraising page today!


Nathan Greenberg

I participated in the Wildlife Leadership Academy’s Brookies Field School during Summer 2017. I learned that even though I am just 14 years old, there are many things I can do to have a positive impact on the environment right in my own community. I am working to Pay It Forward to the next class of Wildlife Leadership Academy students so they have the same opportunities that I had to learn about conservation and give back to our environment.  GIVE TO Nathan’s fundraising page today!


Jonathan Simak

Thanks to the great instructors, I learned a lot about fish biology, ecology, habitat management and also about the importance of using media to help conservation. The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a great place for anyone who likes outdoors and wants to know more about wildlife and what can be done to protect it. In just one week of the Field School, much better understanding of conservation and environmental issues can be gained.  GIVE TO Jonathan’s fundraising page today!


Eva Dillon

After attending Wildlife Leadership Academy, I feel like I’ve gained so much confidence and insight to go out and make a difference in the world! The information and skills I learned at this week-long camp changed my life. If it had not been for the students and donors that Paid It Forward in previous years, I would not have been able to attend this camp! I am so grateful for the opportunity and would love to help give back so that others can experience it to.  GIVE TO Eva’s fundraising page today!



Cavan McIntyre-Brewer

I attended the Brookies program for the Wildlife Leadership Academy, which was a unique experience for me. I was able to learn about the Pennsylvania Brook Trout by dissection and observation, but more importantly I had an opportunity to learn about ecosystems and how they are upset when we don’t monitor them and respect the alance of nature.  GIVE TO Cavan’s fundraising page today!




The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative of various state agencies and conservation organizations. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. You donation is tax-deductible.