Resources for Academy Ambassadors
Stay updated with outreach announcements and continue to connect with the Academy on FACEBOOK!
If you need help with outreach opportunities- don’t hesitate to contact the Youth/Alumni Outreach Manager, Katie Cassidy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look at these calendars and list of annual events for where you could set-up your trifold display, give a talk, assist or particiate with an event. For any event, you will need to call the contact person in advance to arrange for your involvement.
Ag Progress Days – August, near State College – NDA usually has a booth
Christmas Bird Count – December
Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show – February, Harrisburg – NDA usually has a booth
Great Backyard Bird Count – February
PLACES TO EDUCATE AND VOLUNTEER
Educate – Arrange to give your Powerpoint presentation or set-up your trifold display at a meeting of a local conservation organization.
Volunteer – Arrange to give back through service work with one of these groups. Many of them have events and field days.
There are hundreds of conservation organizations in Pennsylvania – you can search for more in your local area on this Conservation Directory or check out a few of these below!
4-H clubs and PSU Cooperative Extention County Offices
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Conservation Volunteer Program)
Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association
National Wild Turkey Federation, PA Chapter
Nature Conservancy Pennsylvania
Pennsyvlania Audubon Chapters
Pennsylvania Conservation Districts, local
Pennsylvania Game Commision, call Regional Offices and ask to speak to a Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO)
Pennsylvania Game Commission Youth Field Day Events
Pennsylvania Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs
National Deer Association, PA Branches
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Ruffed Grouse Society
Sierra Club, PA Chapter
Susquehanna River Trails Association
The Wildlife Society, PA Chapter
Trout Unlimited, Pennsylvania Council
CONNECT WITH THE MEDIA
Submit short articles to local conservation organizations newsletters (see groups above), and/or to the listings below.
Write a press release (story written in the 3rd person) about your experience and send it to the editor of your local newspaper.
You can also connect with the…
Pennsvlvania Outdoor Writers Association – Contact Michele Kittell, Academy Director, (email@example.com) if you are interested in connecting with a local outdoor writer. She will help you craft a press release to share with him or her about your field school experience.
Contact your local radio station and tell them about your field school experience and see if they would be interested in interviewing you.
Some Outdoor Focused Radio Shows:
Outdoor Talk Network (Statewide Coverage)
The Allegheny Front — (Environmental Radio for Western PA)
A Great Day Outdoors Radio — Reading, Lebanon, and Lancaster
Find your local Public Radio Station
CONTINUING EDUCATION – other camps and learning opportunities!
American Wilderness Leadership School
Conservation Leadership School
Creek Camp – Creek Connections
Exploring Careers Outdoors – ECO Camp
Game Warden Edu
Goddard Legacy Leadership Institute
Lancaster County Youth Conservation School
Pennsylvania Outdoor Corp (DCNR)
Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp
Youth Education Summit
Sustainability Leadership Academy – Chatham University
QUESTIONS? Don’t hesitate to contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org!
COLLEGES WITH WILDLIFE/ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
Cedar Crest College
Delaware Valley College
Paul Smith’s College – Adirondacks
Penn State Altoona
Penn State DuBois
Penn State University Park
University of Pittsburgh