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Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC)

Interested in being a leader in conservation?

Interested in having your voice heard on conservation issues by the state of Wisconsin and National policymakers?

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation has created a Conservation Leadership Program just for you!


We welcome high school students in their senior year or freshman, sophomore, and junior year college students to receive training in conservation leadership, conservation policy development and communication and advocacy for sound conservation policies. Experienced conservation leaders will provide training. Training will provide an excellent opportunity to network with state, federal and private conservation organizations. At the successful completion of the program, you will receive a $250 scholarship to further your conservation education! All expenses for travel, food, and lodging are also covered by the WWF and the CLC program.

General Information on the Conservation Leadership Corps

CLC Alumni from years 1-4 attend the 2017 WWF Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

In 2013, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) initiated an exciting new program to assist in the development of future conservation leaders in Wisconsin, known as the Wisconsin Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC). WWF has based the CLC on a highly successful and similar project developed by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, our counterpart organization in the National Wildlife Federation.

The CLC is designed to provide expert training for seniors in high school along with college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to develop leadership skills and techniques to allow students the ability to analyze as well as develop conservation policies in his or her subject of interest. Students involved will also gain experience advocating their conservation resolutions at the Annual Meeting for the WWF. Successfully written and presented conservation resolutions may be adopted by WWF to serve as official polices.

Training will be provided by current and former natural resource professionals in both public, non-profit as well as private sectors. Students will be presented with real-world experience and will receive feedback from professionals with expertise in conservation policy. Such interactions will be valuable to participants in relation to school success, future career aspirations, and involvement in conservation organizations.

The sixth year of the program will take place during the 2018-2019 academic year. Events will be scheduled for four weekends throughout the year (Friday night and most of Saturday). Conservation resolution presentations conducted by those involved would be made at the Annual Meeting of the Wildlife Federation in April 2019. Selected CLC candidates are encouraged to attend most, if not all, of the four training sessions throughout the year.

All expenses encountered while participating in the CLC program will be covered by WWF. At the successful completion of the year, each participant will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment for the training program, a letter of commendation for their resume portfolio and a $250 scholarship to advance their continuing education.

We accept applications throughout the year.  Interested CLC candidates should fill out the application and send it to the CLC Coordinator, at, by May 31st, 2018. Candidates will be selected by June 16, 2018. All applicants will be notified of the results. More detailed information on the program will be provided to those selected over the 2018 summer.

Generous funding for the Wisconsin Conservation Leadership program has also been provided by the National Wildlife Federation, the Wisconsin Division of the Izaak Walton League, and those that donate to our yearly raffle.

CLC News

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the Confluence of Young Conservation Leaders (CYCL)!!

CYCL with be held in Kansas City, MO the Weekend of November 2nd-5th, 2017.  The WWF is funding 5 CLC Alumni to participate in this exciting event.

CYCL’s mission is a collaboration of The Conservation Federation of Missouri, The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, The Minnesota Conservation Federation, and a non-NWF affiliate organization called the Texas Brigades to bring together similar youth Conservation Organizations throughout the nation in order to bring graduates of our respective training programs together to work on various conservation issues that unite us. The second important purpose for this meeting is to invite other NWF affiliates and/or non-affiliates to attend and gather information on how their state can develop a program to create the next generation of conservation leaders in their state.

States and organizations that have shown interest in attending CYCL include: The Michigan United Conservation Club, The Iowa Wildlife Federation, The Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Illinois Prairie River, Pennsylvania Wildlife Leadership Program, The National Wildlife Federation Eco-Leaders Program, The Public Land Foundation and Bureau of Land Management (representatives of the Student Congress on Public Policy and Land Management), Conservation Council of Hawaii, Colorado, and Florida.

The application is due September 9, 2017 at midnight and you can return the application to the CLC coordinator email (


Download the Application

Upcoming Events

  1. Principles of Leadership: Sept. 29th & 30th, 2017
  2. Policy and Advocacy: Dec. 1st & 2nd, 2017
  3. Resolution Development: Feb. 16th & 17th, 2018
  4. Policy Resolution Presentation/Awards (WWF Annual Meeting): Apr. 20th & 21st, 2018

CLC Newsletters

Volume 1, Issue 1    (Fall/Winter)

Volume 1, Issue 2 (Spring/Summer)


Coming Soon!

Executive Committee

President: Justin Mueller

Treasurer: Sawyer Boldt

­Vice President: Jeff Williams

Programs Director: Nicole Loeffler

CLC Coordinator: Marco Mascitti

Publicist: Monica Banaszak

Secretary: Rachel Terracina

Past President: Molly O’Grady

CLC Year 5 Students (2017-2018)

Kailey Krause—–Carthage College (Kenosha)
Kyle Lichtenberg—-UW Oshkosh
Tess Stephens—Northland College
Madeline Konopinski—St. Norbert College (DePere)
Halley Feil—UW Madison
Katrina Hauer—Stevens Point Senior High School
Hunter Nikolai—UW Madison
Samantha Johnson—Carthage College (Kenosha)
Annli Nakayama—The Prairie School (Racine)
Robin Heintz—UW-Superior
Quentien Tyra—UW Stevens Point
Monae Taylor—UW Stevens Point
Lauren Soergel—–UW Stevens Point
Hannah Holzschuh—UW Oshkosh
Jessycah Andersen—UW Stevens Point

Gallery of Activities and Events

Coming soon!