Our Mission


The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to empower youth to become ambassadors for wildlife conservation in order to ensure a sustained wildlife legacy for future generations. A year round program, the Academy begins with rigorous summer field schools that focus on wildlife biology and conservation as well as leadership skills development and continues with community outreach through […]

2015 Applications

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We are excited you are ready to start the journey of applying to the Wildlife Leadership Academy!  Follow the links below to learn more about each field school. Pennsylvania Bucktails – focusing on the white-tailed deer – June 16-20 at Stone Valley Recreation Area in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania Brookies – focusing on the brook trout and […]

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead Your support of the Academy helps the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education and it’s partners to bring this life-changing program to the youth of Pennsylvania.   What is PAY IT FORWARD?   […]

The Institute

The Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education was born to provide an educational forum for people to connect with nature.

Through direct learning experiences in the natural world, our goal is to engage individuals in the conservation and stewardship of the natural environment that sustains our communities. Through arts, literature, history and sciences, the Institute inspires people to discover, enjoy, appreciate and protect the wildlife, fields, rivers, lakeshores, forests and wild landscapes of Pennsylvania ecosystems.

We believe that education is the fundamental component, often the missing link, to conserving biological diversity and protecting ecological integrity.

Over time, the most lasting impact will be made because people believe in the need to leave a legacy that includes healthy wildlife populations, functioning ecosystems, vibrant economies based on resource management, and a place to go to enjoy the outdoors.

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Youth Outreach

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      At the field school, the students are trained to teach others about wildlife and their conservation.  They practice and learn how to present a PowerPoint and create educational tri-folds like the one in this photo.  Through these exercises they gain confidence and valuable leadership skills.  After field school, youth… give educational presentations at their […]

  • Service


    An important part of being a conservation ambassador is continuing to learn and giving back.  The service category covers all of these areas. Youth are encouraged to… participate in activities with wildlife biologists –such as research assistance, shadowing, monitoring activities assist local conservation organizations with service projects like stream clean-ups, food plot planting, hanging up […]

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    An important part of being a conservation ambassador is having the skills to engage with the media.  At the Academy, youth interact with professionals from the field and practice mock interview so they are prepared to share the conservation message after the field school. After field schools youth… write articles for their local papers as […]

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    Creative Arts

    Being a change-maker goes beyond knowledge – it is making a connection.  At the Academy we teach the youth about nature photography, journaling and sketching.  We encourage the youth to continue their connection with the outside work through the creative arts after the field school as well. We continue to encourage this expression after the […]


When you give to the Wildlife Leadership Academy, you invest in the next generation of conservation leaders. Our students are passionate, caring and want to make a difference!

Make your investment in Pennsylvania's youth today!


Michele Kittell, Executive Director
116 Market St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837

email: mkittell@piceweb.org
phone: 570.245.8518

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A Cooperative Intiative

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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, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.