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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 Students and Alumni at Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Annual Meeting 2018

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 ninth year of the program will take place during the 2021-2022 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 2022. 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.  Application Deadline in May 31st, 2021. Interested CLC candidates should fill out the application and send it to the CLC Coordinator, at  Candidates selected (by June 15th) will be notified in June for the upcoming school year. All applicants will be notified of the results. More detailed information on the program will be provided to those selected over the 2021 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.


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Upcoming Events

2020-2021 Training Sessions

Principles of Leadership: September 19, 2020 Zoom!
Policy and Advocacy: December 2020
Resolution Development: TBA
WWF Annual Meeting/Banquet/ Resolution Presentation TBA (Spring 2021)

Field Trips (2020-2021)

Fall None
Spring March 13th: Virtual Field Trip

CLC Newsletters


Volume 1, Issue 1 Fall/Winter
Volume 1, Issue 2 Spring/Summer


Volume 2, Issue 1 Fall/Winter
Volume 2, Issue 2 Spring Summer


Volume 3, Issue 1 Fall/Winter
Volume 3, Issue 2 Spring Summer


Volume 4, Issue 1 Fall/Winter
Volume 4, Issue 2 Spring Summer

2019-2020 Executive Committee

CLC Coordinator: Olivia Fronmueller Or

Treasurer: Lauren Felder 


President: Carl Meeker

Secretary: Sam Johnson

­Vice President: Kari Pollard

Programs Director: Nate Weisenbeck

Publicist: Madison Suttman

Past President: Wyatt Benton

CLC Year 8 Students (2020-2021)

Alexandra Canon- UW Riverfalls

Isabella Scheibl- Wisconsin Lutheran College

Mary Gargano-Price -- Carthage College

Noah Netzinger- UW Eau Claire

Duke Ding- Beloit College

Josh Kolasch- Northland College

Grace Taylor- UW Greenbay

Shannon Haley- UW Stevens Point

Kylie Schedler- UW Madison

Keagan Bailey- UW Riverfalls

Katie Heib- UW Greenbay

Jenna Suda- UW Whitewater