There are still spots available for teens at our Ruffed Grouse Field School + Where are our students now?
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Creating the next generation of conservation leaders.

Summer is here!


We are two weeks away from our first 2014 field school - PA Bucktails - and we can't wait! We wanted to give you an update on where we were at. Here are the details...
 

We have 12 amazing adult mentors participating in the field schools - many who are school teachers.

We have 46 high school students enrolled - 35 Boys, 11 girls coming from 27 counties across Pennsylvania!

We have 12 returning students from the class of 2013 who have excelled in their outreach and will serve as youth mentors to the new class of Bucktails, Brookies and Drummers students.

 

Thank you so much for helping us have the best year in recruitment yet and changing the lives of so many kids!

 

BUT WAIT!  We aren't quite done yet!

We still have 9 spots available in our PA Drummers field school for boys and girls! (And there is still time to apply!)


PA Drummers focuses on our state bird, the Ruffed Grouse! Ruffed Grouse Society biologist Linda Ordiway will be with us for the week along with many other expert instructors. Students will learn about grouse anatomy, early successional habitat, watch a field dog training demo, visit a bird banding facility and so much more!

The DETAILS: PA DRUMMERS, July 22-26 at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County (near Ligonier)

This is the first year that we have all three camps - more opportunities than ever to reach the next generation!  Will you help us fill our PA Drummers field school by sharing this email? Click here to forward to a friend, neighbor or parent.


From now until each camp runs, we have rolling admissions, more info can be found here: 2014 Youth Application. Applications will be reviewed and if qualified, accepted as they arrive. Call Director, Michele Kittell, 570-245-8518, to let her know an application is on it’s way!

*We also have 2 spots for boys available in Bucktails, and 2 spots available for girls in Brookies.*

We always get the question: Where are your students now? Here are a few (wonderful) examples...
 
Elisabet attended the PA Bucktails field school for the first time in 2008 (our second year!) and has stuck us with ever since!  She came back to camp as a youth mentor while in high school and was our summer intern after her first year of college. This year, Elisabet graduated  with honors from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University.  She double majored in Immunology & Infectious Diseases and Toxicology. In the fall, she will go to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania to study microbiology.  Until then, we are grateful to have her working for us this summer as Program Assistant. She is lovingly known around camp as the "drill sargent"!
Brittney attended PA Bucktails in 2010 and came back to serve as a youth mentor in 2011. This summer she is the Bear Mountain Intern at the Denver Zoo. Brittney said one the biggest things that the Academy did for her was give her experiences that  helped her get into college. She'll be graduating from Unity College in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Captive Wildlife Care and Education. She said the Academy taught her a great deal about conservation issues, and how to communicate with others about them - which is is a huge part of her future career goal - to teach others about conservation issues through captive wildlife!  We hope Brittney has a great summer at her internship!
David attended PA Bucktails as a student in 2011 and came back to serve as a youth mentor in 2012.  Excitingly, one of our ecology instructors at PA Bucktails, is a mentor for David at Kutztown University, where he majors in Biology. David is spending his summer working with the AppalachianTrail Conservancy collecting data about invasive plant species as well as for his own research. Last year he worked with us to create a digital story about the impact the Academy has on him. If you haven't see it yet check it out: An Unexpected Journey: Inspired by Japanese Stilt Grass.  We hope David has an amazing summer following his dream on the Appalachian Trail!

A Cooperative Initiative

The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to empower youth to become ambassadors for wildlife conservation in order to ensure a sustained wildlife legacy for future generations. The Academy is a cooperative initiative of various state agencies and conservation organizations. It is coordinated and administered by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contact Executive Director, Michele Kittell, at mkittell@piceweb.org or 570.245.8518 for more information or with questions.
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