I wanted to share with my readers a neat opportunity for teenage youth, the Wildlife Leadership Academy: Field Schools. I was invited to be a part of the Pennsylvania Bucktails Camp for the first time last year. It was a great opportunity and I was able to work with a fantastic bunch of young people who were passionate about learning and the outdoors. In fact, I was so impresed by this group of folks, I have joined the planning committee this year and hope to be involved with the academy from start to finish. There is also a Pennsylvania Brookies Field School. Both of these schools are organized by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education (PICE).
We are currently looking for new recruits and adult mentors to attend the schools this coming summer. I have provided some of the details below.
Calling all wildlife enthusiasts, naturalists, and future conservationists!
The Wildlife Leadership Academy is now accepting applications for the 2013 Field Schools, a five day camp for Pennsylvania students ages 14-17 that will forever change the way they see the outdoors. Youth spend the week exploring their passions with teens from all over the state, learning how to protect the legacy of our wildlife for years to come.
Guided by the state's top biologists, professionals and sportsmen, each Field School introduces them to biology, habitat and conservation issues that impact a single species.
White-tailed deer will be the focus of the Pennsylvania Bucktails field school (June 18-22, Stone Valley Recreation Area in Huntingdon County). Brook trout and freshwater fisheries will be center stage at Pennsylvania Brookies field school (July 9-13, Sieg Conference Center in Clinton County).