• WILDLIFE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY for Teens

     

    The Wildlife Leadership Academy (WLA) is a wildlife-focused

    leadership program that equips youth ages 14-17 with the

    necessary skills to become ambassadors for conservation in

    their home communities.  In addition to intensive field

    experiences in wildlife biology, this program enables youth

    to develop important leadership skills, such as public

    speaking, critical thinking, and team work.

     

    The Wildlife Leadership Academy brings the biological

    expertise of Pennsylvania Audubon, Pennsylvania Department

    of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

    Quality Deer Management Association, Pennsylvania State

    University, Ruffed Grouse Society and the US Army Corps of

    Engineers directly to high school students.  Major topics

    covered during each five-day residential field school

    include:

     

    WILDIFE BIOLOGY

    HABITAT MANAGEMENT

    RESEARCH AND MONITORING TECHNIQUES

    THE ROLE OF HUNTING IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT • NATURE

    PHOTOGRAPHY AND JOURNALING • COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND

    EDUCATION

     

    After the field school, we continue to mentor the youth

    throughout the year as they participate in at least three

    public outreach and/or service activities in wildlife and

    habitat conservation.

     

    WHAT KIND OF YOUTH ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

     

    WLA is seeking youth applicants ages 14-17 who are highly

    motivated and are interested in wildlife, conservation, and

    the outdoors.

     

    HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

     

    Adults can participate in the Wildlife Leadership Academy as

    Team Leaders.

    Team Leaders are the primary mentors and motivators of the

    youth during the five-day field school, guiding them as they

    push themselves academically, physically, and emotionally.

    These adult participants lead teams consisting of five youth

    and one youth Assistant Team Leader (a student who has

    participated in the program in a prior year).

     

    We have openings for four Team Leaders for each field school

    (eight openings total). Team leaders will receive a

    scholarship covering tuition costs (includes materials,

    food, and housing for the week), and those who are teachers

    will receive 40 Act 48 credit hours.

     

    If you love wildlife and the outdoors, this is a perfect

    opportunity to share your passion with a younger generation!

     

    WHAT FIELD SCHOOLS ARE AVAILABLE IN 2010?

     

    PENNSYLVANIA DRUMMERS – focuses on the Ruffed Grouse

    WHEN: June 22-26

    WHERE: Powdermill Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County

     

    PENNSYLVANIA BUCKTAILS – focuses on the White-tailed Deer

    WHEN: July 6-10

    WHERE: Stone Valley Recreation Area in Huntingdon County

     

    HOW DOES A STUDENT OR ADULT APPLY?

     

    Both students and adults can find applications at

    www.PICEweb.org(click on the Youth Programs Link) or

    contact the Program Coordinator, Michele Kittell at

    mkittell@piceweb.orgor 570-245-8518 for more information.

     

     

    The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative

    of various state agencies and conservation organizations.

    It is coordinated and administered by the Pennsylvania

    Institute for Conservation Education (PICE).

Last Modified on January 14, 2010