Wildlife Leadership Academy Accepts Nominations for Youth Conservation Ambassadors Through May 31


05/14/15

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The Wildlife Leadership Academy has opened its exclusive Youth Conservation Ambassador nomination process to the public and is currently seeking referrals of motivated students ages 14 to 17 to become Certified Conservation Ambassadors. Accepted students will gain extensive knowledge about wildlife and conservation, leadership experience and communication skills.

Accepted nominees will become Certified Conservation Ambassadors through attending one of four 5-day residential summer field schools. Each school will have a different focus of study pertaining to Pennsylvania wildlife – white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, black bear or brook trout. The Ruffed Grouse Society has supported the Academy’s Pennsylvania Drummers program by providing grouse ecology and habitat education from staff biologists.

As Conservation Ambassadors, students receive a letter of recommendation for college applications, certification of community service work and a certificate recognizing he-or-she as a Conservation Ambassador. Students are also eligible to return to the program tuition free the following year, compete for college scholarships and join an Academy Alumni Network of more than 100 wildlife, fisheries and conservation professionals.

Nominations for admission can be made by any adult who knows the applicant but is not a relative. Prior successful applicants have received nominations from teachers, counselors, youth group leaders, advisors and employers. Nominations will be accepted online at piceweb.org/nominate through May 31, 2015.

The Academy has been partnering with the Ruffed Grouse Society on the Pennsylvania Drummers program since the program began in 2007. Dr. Linda Ordiway, RGS regional wildlife biologist, spends several days with students teaching them about grouse, habitat and forest management. Last year, RGS President & CEO John Eichinger spoke with students about his life experiences and what inspired his appreciation for conservation and the outdoors.

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The Ruffed Grouse Society is North America’s foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies utilizing scientific management practices.

The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations and is administered by the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education. The Wildlife Leadership Academy aims to empower youth to become ambassadors for conservation in order to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. Visit them online at piceweb.org.

 

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Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America's foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

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