Safari Club International Foundation – American Wilderness Leadership School
Nestled in the beautiful Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackon, Wyoming, the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) provides the perfect atmosphere for educational programs. Established in 1976 with the vision of providing educators with a useful hands-on experience that they can bring home to their classrooms, AWLS has provided an accredited conservation education program for nearly 6,000 teachers who reach more than a million students annually and a challenging experience for 1,700 high school students.
Educators renew their energy and enthusiasm for teaching with an eight-day professional development workshop
Recently, the education program sent out over twelve-hundred invitations to educators across the nation inviting them to renew their energy and enthusiasm for teaching with an eight-day professional development workshop for educators while receiving continuing education units from AWLS and college credit through Colorado State University
The American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) in Jackson, Wyoming offers hands-on lessons focused around the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation as-well-as engaging take home lessons on conservation education that have been integrated into K-12 math, science, language arts, social studies and physical education.
While at AWLS, educators will learn to effectively use the outdoors as a classroom while participating in fun, exciting activities, including an Introduction to shooting sports and a white water raft trip on the Snake River, taught by enthusiastic Instructors that are experts in their fields.
Poignant guest speakers like Harlan Kredit, high school science teacher and summer Yellowstone Park Ranger and college professors Dr. Gary San Julian, PhD, Professor Emeritus Penn State University and Dr. Bart Ballard, PhD, Research Scientist and Professor, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute & Department of Animal and Wildlife Sciences, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas will inspire them for years to come.
Content-relevant field trips to Pinedale, Wyoming Gas Fields, National Elk Refuge, Teton Park Visitor Center, and Jackson, Wyoming and meetings with Wyoming Game & Fish Biologists and the Bureau of Land Management land managers will provide ‘real-world” experiences they can take back and share with the students in their classrooms.
The Pittsburgh Chapter is proud to support individuals interested in attending AWLS. Educators may choose from one of six eight-day Workshop sessions, June 10th through August 9th. They may sign up now, as a limited number of tuition scholarships (a $900 value) are still available. If you would like to apply for the program (and sponsorship to attend) or for more information, please send your completed application and information to Dennis Chiedor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is March 1, and all applications who have been accepted will be notified by April 1st.
What is the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS)?
- AWLS is professional development for educators. If desired, it can be taken for college credit. We also offer continuing education units.
- It is about learning to use the outdoors as a classroom – balancing indoor with outdoor classes.
- It is about learning to incorporate conservation education lessons into existing curriculum content: math, science, language arts, social studies, physical education and art.
- The North American Model of Wildlife Management is the core of conservation understanding.
- A basic law of ecology is that everything is connected to everything else
- Like nature everything in the AWLS Educator workshop is interconnected.
Want more information?
- Main Website – Safari Club International Foundation – American Wilderness Leadership School
- AWLS was featured in an article by Bob Frye from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
- 2017 Educator Application
- 2017 Student Application