Next Generation Wildlife Advocates
8-week program (Wednesdays 9am-12pm, June 9 – July 28, 2021)
Wolf Park’s Next Generation Wildlife Advocates Program is designed to provide an immersive learning and volunteer experience for high schoolers aged 14-17 interested in pursuing a career in wildlife. This 8-week program encompasses eight exciting educational modules, opportunities to contribute to new and existing volunteer projects, and the development of a personal wildlife advocacy project and a group advocacy project. Students will gain an introductory knowledge of wolves, foxes, bison, various special topics, and career paths in the field of wildlife conservation. Advocacy is a theme throughout the program and students will learn how to effectively advocate for wolves and other imperiled species. This program will also help prepare students for internships at wildlife facilities.
Educational Modules: Introduction to Wolf Park, Wolves 101, Foxes 101, Bison 101, Wildlife Research, Wildlife Conservation, Positive Reinforcement Training, and Careers in Wildlife
Possible Volunteer Projects: planting and watering native seedlings, planting or maintaining pollinator gardens, invasive plant removal, creating enrichment for the animal ambassadors, trail and enclosure maintenance, and making pollinator seed bombs
Personal and Group Projects: Students will work on a personal and group project aimed to develop a skillset in effective advocacy for wildlife.
Wolf Park’s Program Coordinator, Christopher Lile, will be the primary instructor for this program. Christopher will lead most of the educational modules, direct the volunteer activities, and facilitate the personal and group advocacy projects. He has been involved with Wolf Park since 2017 and has been a red wolf advocate for Defenders of Wildlife since 2019. Members of the Animal Care Staff will lead some of the educational modules. Our animal ambassadors can also be considered instructors for this program.
Dates & Cost
The 8 week program meets on Wednesdays from 9am – 12pm between June 9 and July 28. Exact dates are as follows: June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28. Spaces are very limited and a short application is required to be considered for the program. The program price is $240 (payment not required until accepted).
Youth who have been vaccinated may participate in most aspects of this program without a mask. Students who are not vaccinated will need to wear a mask indoors but may remove their mask when outdoors and socially distanced. All students will need to wear a mask when working with our ambassadors or their food.
Cancellations occurring greater than 10 days prior to the start of the program can apply 75% of the registration fee to another program at Wolf Park. Arrangements for transfer must occur by the end of the calendar year. If arrangements do not occur; your fee will be considered a tax-deductible donation. No refunds if cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of the program.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]