Explore the outdoors like never before!


Conservation Leadership School (CLS) is a one-week residential program for high school students (ages 14-18) to learn about the world around them through exploration and hands-on activities. It's your ideal school, where the classroom includes more than 700 acres of forest, fields, wetlands, and streams...where learning about the environment goes hand-in-hand with having fun, meeting new friends, and learning leadership skills.

Hands-on activities include:

  • aquatic habitat enhancement
  • team building ropes and challenge courses
  • PA Game Commission Hunter/Trapper Education for those who wish to participate
  • green initiatives, recycling, and composting

CLS students will work with faculty and staff from Penn State's Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, and representatives from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and many noted conservation organizations.

CLS students also have the opportunity to participate in various recreational activities such as hiking, shooting sports, volleyball, horseshoes, campfires, and sampling the famous Penn State ice cream!

Please contact Mike Powell, . Work Phone: 814-863-1113.

Register Online

Visit the event website for registration details and scholarship information.