Conservation Leadership Academy

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Interested in a Conservation Career?

The Conservation Leadership Academy builds leadership skills, makes a positive impact in your community and expands your mind.

High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

The Conservation Leadership Academy

Brandywine Zoo

March – June

Students can choose from one of two tracks
March 19: Be Bird Friendly
April 16: Water Conservation
May 14: Backyard Habitats
June 18: DEAI in Conservation
March 25: Indigenous Voices in Conservation
April 23: Human-wildlife Conflict
May 20: Plastic Pollution
June 24: DEAI in Conservation

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

Conservation Leadership AcademyThis 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 March and June. 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.

Once selected for the program, participants must attend all 4 trainings within their chosen track. Plan for 6 hours per training, including content, lunch, and a service-learning opportunity. Sessions will occur at the Brandywine Zoo unless otherwise specified.

Earn a certificate of completion along with a CA$H award upon program completion.

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