Conservation Leadership Academy

The Conservation Leadership Academy builds leadership skills, makes a positive impact in your community and expands your mind. Keep an eye out for openings next year!

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The Conservation Leadership Academy (CLA) targets local teens interested in conservation careers. 

This program involves monthly trainings, each with a different conservation theme, such as environmental justice, human-wildlife conflict, healthy habitats, and diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI). Service-learning opportunities will take place on the same day as the monthly training between February and October. The teens will also design their own projects and participate in service opportunities designed to increase awareness of conservation through community-based methods. Some funding is available for these projects.

As part of the cumulative Action for Wildlife project, teens will engage a community of their choosing (i.e. neighbors, school, church, etc.) in an event or program of their own design. The Action for Wildlife project should result in increased environmentally responsible behaviors in their community, healthier habitats, heightened public awareness of a particular topic, or reduced human-wildlife conflicts in urban areas.

High School Sophomores & Juniors

The Conservation Leadership Academy

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February through October 2022