July 16-20, 2024
At PA GOBBLERS, the turkey serves as a springboard to learn about biology, ecology, habitat and turkey 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 Gobblers field school curriculum.
Students learn how to identify plants that are important to turkey as well as how to preserve these plants and create a collection.
Students learn turkey calling techniques from National Wild Turkey Federation staff and volunteers.
Students learn about turkey field capture techniques and how these techniques are used to understand population size.
Students learn the role of hunting in wildlife management and spend time at the range learning about firearms safety and engaging in target shooting.
All week long, students engage with professionals in the conservation field including individuals from the PA Game Commission, PA DCNR, National Wild Turkey Federation and more!
Students enhance their knowledge base of wild turkeys, natural history, ecology, conservation, and more through detailed lectures in the classroom from renowned experts in their fields.
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!