This is where you can find any and all information before field school!
Field School Structure:
One of the most frequently asked questions we get from Team Leaders during field school is:What is my role? We hope some of the details here will answer that question and give you some insight to the week’s activities. HOWEVER, while you are the adult leader of your team, you will also be a learner; expect to feel like a beginner at field school!
5 NEW STUDENTS:
These students applied and were selected to be a part of the Academy team. While we never forget that they are teenagers, we also know they have a passion and interest in making a difference for the conservation of our natural resources!
1 ASSISTANT TEAM LEADER (ATL):
ATLs are students who attended field school last year and were invited to return because of their excellence in community outreach. The ATLs play a vital role in your week, as they know the program better than you do! Plan to work closely with your ATL to have a fun and successful week!
Projects and Competition:
During the week of field school, teams compete against each other for the “TOP TEAM” award. Points are awarded for projects, competitions, and trivia. Points accumulate throughout the week. Some projects are individual and some are team. Tbs and ATLs do not complete projects but do assist the students with them.
Plant to Macro Collections
Town Hall Meeting
Trivia is a game modeled after “Jeopardy” where questions about the instruction the students have received are given by the instructors and staff. Rules and details will be shared at orientation and during the week. This activity creates a fun and competitive learning environment!
You participate in the field school, learning alongside your students!
You and your team will undergo the 100 hours at field school with very little sleep; we go to bed late and are up at dawn! YOUR main job is to keep your team going throughout the week! You will help them learn and work cohesively as a team.
We have high expectations for your team throughout the week. Your role will be to help your students reach these expectations by making sure they:
Are on time to instructional periods with the proper materials
Complete their assignments on time
Are keeping their living space clean; cabins will be inspected daily!
Keep up with assigned Kitchen Patrol (KP) duties.
Are following the guidelines outlined in the Field School Rules & Policies.
Act with respect for each other and the field school properties.
You serve as one of the primary role models for your students during this immersive, rigorous, and amazing learning experience. You will need to lead, coach, mentor, and motivate your students!
Your positive attitude will not only drive your students to succeed but will also create an experience that lasts a lifetime!
While there are plenty of intensive experiences during the week of field school, we also work hard to make sure that the competition is friendly and that we have some fun. We try to laugh often and let go of the things that don’t always go our way!
There will be a Health Care Coordinator present for the entirety of the field school. The coordinator handles all of the students’ medications and will communicate with you often about issues that need to be addressed or that may arise.
Other Team Members:
Health Care Coordinator: The Health Care Coordinator serves as the primary person in charge of health care, dispensation of medications and medical history review of all participants (adults and youth).
Academy Support Team: The support team is made up of Academy Alumni who help behind the scenes during the field school assisting instructors, coordinating logistics and more!
Professional Instructors: Twenty plus professional instructors from plant ecologists to entomologists to outdoor writers will come to teach you and your team during the week. Some of our students say they have learned more in this one week than their entire year at school!
Registration Day Details:
For more information click on your respective school’s link.
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.