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Adult Mentor Opportunties

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“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!

Application Deadline

The application is currently closed for the 2016 season.  Applications for the 2017 summer season will be available in late fall of 2016.  Join our mailing list to be in the know and get updates about application availability, our nominations process, and news about our amazing Conservation Ambassadors!




2016 field school dates:

 *click on the field school name to learn more; note these dates reflect Adult mentors arriving a day earlier for field school orientation.


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


focuses on Bass
JUNE 25-30, 2016
at Camp Oak Hill in southern Lancaster County


focuses on Brook trout
JULY 9-14, 2016
at Seig Conference Center in Clinton County



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



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, kcassidy@piceweb.org; (570) 939-5109.

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