“I have gained a new insight into the opportunities that exist in conservation, ecology, and wildlife studies; I had no idea how much we stood to learn about grouse!” -Cindy, 2015 Team Leader (PA Drummers)
By participating as an Adult Mentor during an Academy field school, you can help nurture and develop Pennsylvania’s future conservation leaders.
How you benefit as an educator when you attend the Academy…
Skills Development – Improve conservation, ecology, and biodiversity literacy through hands-on training in plant ID, wildlife/fisheries biology, and ecosystem management
Network with Leading Experts in the Field – Engage with top conservation professionals, like former PA state bear biologist, Gary Alt, PA state wildlife vet, Justin Brown, and more!
Earn Act 48 credit hours and College Credits – Further your Professional development with this unique opportunity to earn 40 Act 48 credit hours and/or 3 college credits through Cedar Crest College
Your Role As An Adult Mentor
Team Leaders (adult mentors) participate fully in all aspects of the program:
learning right alongside their team of youth participants for the 5 night, 4 day residential field school and
serving as the primary mentors and motivators of the youth, guiding them as they push themselves academically, physically, and emotionally
Each field school can accommodate four Team Leaders, each of whom will be part of a team consisting of five youth and one youth Assistant Team Leader (a student who has participated in the program in a prior year). Team Leaders will receive a scholarship covering tuition costs (includes materials, food, and housing for the week).
We are looking for adults (21 years and older) who are passionate about the outdoors, wildlife, and conservation and who have a genuine interest in youth education. Teachers are encouraged to apply!
The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. The Academy is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations and is administered by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.