Youth Application & FAQs
Welcome to your first step in becoming a CONSERVATION AMBASSADOR!
The Academy is more than your regular summer camp…you will be a part of something special! The Academy requires you to take what you’ve learned at field school and GIVE BACK – through education and service work. The beginning of your journey is attending a Academy field school.
You will have the opportunity to learn from the experts in the field. There are up to 25 different instructors at each field school from biologists to outdoor writers - giving you the opportunity to ask questions about your future career!
If you are determined to make a difference for the future of wildlife, fisheries and conservation – then we want you on our team! Spots are limited – don’t wait to apply!
2014 field school dates:
*click on the field school to learn more
focuses on the white-tailed deer
JUNE 17-21, 2014
at Stone Valley Recreation Area in Huntingdon County
focuses on Brook trout
JULY 8-12, 2014
at Seig Conference Center in Clinton County
focuses on the Ruffed Grouse
JULY 22-26, 2014
at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County
Frequently Asked Questions by applicants:
Who should apply?
We are looking for highly motivated youth with an interest in wildlife, conservation, and the outdoors. Applicants will be selected based on several criteria: References, academic achievements and activities, non-academic achievements and activities, and a personal essay.
What ages is the Academy for?
14-17 years old
Is there a fee?
Yes, there is a tuition fee of $500. If you need help with tuition costs, you may fill out the scholarship application in the full application. Depending on funding, we are able to give 50% to 80% tuition scholarships. ALSO, you may be able find tuition support from your local community such as a sportsmen’s club, rotary club, local Audubon chapter or your school!
Is this an overnight camp?
Yes, this is a residential field school. You arrive at the field school on Tuesday morning and leave Saturday late afternoon.
Do I need to be a Pennsylvania resident?
In the application process, priority is given to Pennsylvania youth however we encourage other youth to apply. Depending up the number of applications received there may be spots open for out-of-state youth.
Do I need to do anything after the field school?
Yes! BUT – don’t worry we set you up to succeed! By the end of the field school you will be an expert in the species you are studying and you will be prepared to be a CONSERVATION AMBASSADOR in your home community!