Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Limited Time: Apply Now For Teen Wildlife Leadership Academy Brook Trout, Turkey, Bear Virtual Field School Experience

For a limited time, the
Wildlife Leadership Academy is accepting applications for their first two virtual field school experiences for PA Brookies, focusing on brook trout, and PA Gobblers, focusing on turkey, and PA Ursids, focusing on bear.
“Leadership is a quality we teach and take to heart at the Academy and while we are disappointed that we can’t meet in person – we are aiming to adapt, lead and still provide an exceptional educational experience for our students this year, said Michele Kittell, Executive Director”

“As it began to look less likely that we were going to be able to gather, we knew that cancelling our field schools would not be an option. We knew that we still needed to engage these young leaders because of their excitement for our natural resources, their leadership abilities, and their motivation to make a difference in their communities as Conservation Ambassadors.”

A limited number of spots are available at the PA Brookies, PA Gobblers, and PA Ursids virtual field schools. The Academy has re-opened their application process to teens ages 14+, including graduating seniors, to engage at these virtual field schools and be equipped to be Conservation Ambassadors in their home communities.  

Because of the virtual nature, applicants are encouraged to apply from beyond Pennsylvania’s borders.

As Conservation Ambassadors, students can receive a letter of a recommendation for college applications; certification of community service work, and a certificate designating them as Conservation Ambassadors.  

Students are also eligible to apply to return to the Academy tuition free the following year, compete for college scholarships, and join an Academy Alumni Network of wildlife, fisheries, and conservation professionals.

Carter W., a high school Academy Alum shared why he was interested in engaging with the Academy Virtual Field School experience, “I hope to use what I learn through the virtual field school experience as a foundation for teaching my community how to be more environmental friendly, and for promoting a healthy relationship with the natural world.”

In addition he felt that this unique way of learning would mean a lot to him.  

He said, “I am a graduating senior planning to work in the field of environmental conservation. The knowledge and leadership I gain from the virtual field school experience will be beneficial to me in every aspect of my future. Giving back to my community and the natural world will always be my goal I strive to achieve with the education I receive from the Wildlife Leadership Academy!”

Interested applicants can learn more and apply at the Virtual Field School webpage.  Applications received by June 29 will be given preference.

For more information, contact Executive Director, Michele Kittell by sending an email to:  mkittell@wildlifeleadershipacademy.org or call 570-245-8518.  You can also connect with the Academy online or Facebook.

[Posted: June 23, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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