Team Leader new

Adult Mentor Application

If you love wildlife and the outdoors, this is a perfect opportunity
to share your passion with a younger generation!

By participating as a Team Leader during an Academy field school, you can help nurture and develop Pennsylvania’s future conservation leaders.

Team Leaders participate fully in all aspects of the program:

  • learning right alongside their team of youth participants.
  • serving as the primary mentors and motivators of the youth, guiding them as they push themselves academically, physically, and emotionally
  • engaging with  the top wildlife professionals in the state.

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).

QUALIFICATIONS: 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!


Highlights for teachers who attend the Academy

TOOLS FOR THE CLASSROOM: The Academy will inspire you and spark new ideas to use in the classroom.

COLLEGE CREDIT OPTION: You can receive 3 credit college courses through Cedar Crest College! Contact the Academy Director for more information.

ACT 48 CREDITS: You can also receive 40 hours of Act 48 credit for your participation as a team leader.

2016 opportunities available!



2016 field school dates:

 *click on the field school name to learn more


focuses on the white-tailed deer
JUNE 13-18, 2016
at Stone Valley Recreation Area in Huntingdon County


focuses on Brook trout
JULY 4-9, 2016
at Seig Conference Center in Clinton County



focuses on the Ruffed Grouse
JULY 18-23, 2016
at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County


***New Field School

focuses on Turkey or Elk
JULY 25-30, 2016
Location to be determined




focuses on the black bear
AUGUST 1-6, 2016
at Stone Valley Recreation Area in Huntingdon County


QUESTIONS? Contact Program and Outreach Coordinator, Katie Cassidy,; (570) 939-5109.