I want to help promote conservation by helping to create future conservationists.  The Wildlife Leaders Academy changed my life and I want others to have that same experience.” – Sarah M., Academy alumni, on why she participated in the student driven fundraiser

When you donate, you support a year-long training and community experience for teens.  Our program:

  • increases the scientific literacy of our students through a high quality educational experience,
  • prepares students for college and the workforce through leadership training and
  • creates a supports system that allows our students to use their education and leadership skills to engage their communities about the conservation of our natural resources.

The Academy is a unique and high quality program because:

Leading professionals in the field teach at each field school. Wildlife biologists, media professionals, and educators from across the state engage students in hands-on learning about the anatomy, behavior, botany, population dynamics, ecology and habitat management of a particular Pennsylvania wildlife or fish species.

Students develop valuable leadership and communication skills. Students practice public speaking and learn how to communicate through print media, television and radio interviews, and educational programs. During the field school, students participate in group presentations and projects, a mock town meeting, and team-building exercises to build leadership and interpersonal skills.

Students extend their knowledge after the field school in their communities through outreach, in the form of public education and service work, assistance with scientific research, media interaction including press releases and interviews, and creative art projects.

Teachers are engaged in high quality, inspirational and unique educational setting. At the field school, teachers who participate learn alongside the youth participants, serving as the primary mentors and motivators of their team, guiding them as they push themselves academically, physically, and emotionally. Teachers leave the field school excited and inspired with tools that enhance their classroom and with the opportunities to obtain college and ACT 48 credits


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DONATE BY MAIL – to give by check download our donation form.

GIVE IN-KIND – we can use donations for the field school.  Contact the director to get a copy of our wish list.

VOLUNTEER – we need people to help connect the students with outreach opportunities across the state and at the summer field schools.  Contact the director to learn more.

Other options…

SCHOLARSHIP FUND – You, your organization or business can help to make a difference for a youth tuition by donating to our scholarship fund.  Just $250 dollars can support a 50% scholarship for a youth in need of tuition support!  This fund also helps support college scholarships for youth who excel in their outreach accomplishments.  You can designate your specific gift to the scholarship fund on our scholarship donation form.  Become a part of the excellent organizations who support our fund today!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES –  If you are a business looking to give to a program that nurtures our next generation of outdoor’s men and women – the Academy is the perfect program for you!  Learn more. 



A great opportunity to learn more about what wildlife biologists do.

Our student Brett shadows a biologist during bird banding.


Passionate ones.  Caring ones.  Youth who want to make a difference.  Don’t just take our word for it – here are a few quotes from their application essays…

One person alone can make a footprint, but it takes many to make a stampede.

I do not want to be the person whose life goes quietly by, not touching anyone or making a difference. 

I believe everyone can do something, but they just have to be aware of the problems and educated on how to fix them.

Anyone with the will can do great things.