American Wilderness Leadership School

An Update on the American Wilderness Leadership School

After 35+ years of offering the AWLS program from its Granite Creek Ranch location in Wyoming, SCIF is changing the way we implement our education programs. Specifically, we will no longer be utilizing the Granite Creek Ranch facility for these programs. Instead, the SCIF education programs will be flexible geographically and topically so that we can better serve the needs of a more diverse audience. SCIF and Sables thank all the volunteers, staff, and SCI chapters who through their hard work, financial support, and dedication to education made AWLS a successful program.

As a result, the AWLS program will no longer be offered in its traditional form. SCIF’s education department will now be providing customized education programs that will have many components of the traditional AWLS program. The primary difference will be the programs will now be customized specific to state, regional, or local conservation needs. SCIF staff working with a sponsoring organization will provide educators and curriculum for this programming.  SCIF will be providing more information on how these programs can be developed in your state or region. Please look to this website for future updates and information.

For more information contact Todd Roggenkamp at; (520)-954-0664

Nestled in the beautiful Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson, 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 more than 6,000 teachers who reach more than a million students annually and a challenging experience for more than 1,700 high school students.

Educators renew their energy and enthusiasm for teaching with an six-day professional development workshop

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 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, including poignant guest speakers and professionals from around the country.

Content-relevant field trips to Pinedale, Wyoming Gas Fields 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.

Educators may choose from one of eight, six-day educator workshops held from June through July. They may sign up now, as a limited number of tuition sponsorships, a $900 value, are still available.  For information on registration, program specifics, and session dates contact Todd Roggenkamp at or (520)954-0664.

What is AWLS?

  • AWLS is professional development for educators and offers 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 – interconnected.  Like nature everything in the AWLS Educator workshop is interconnected.

Stories From Our Students

Daily Ecological Reflections & Thoughts

by Renee McCord

Seventh grade science teacher Renee McCord shares her thoughts and reflections about her experience at SCIF’s American Wilderness Leadership School earlier this summer saying, “It was a wonderful opportunity for me as a science educator as well as an individual that loves to learn!”

The ABCs of AWLS – Exploring AWLS One Letter at a Time

by Tammy Drudy

Educator Tamara Drudy summarizes what she calls her recent “life changing adventure” at SCIF’s American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) one letter at a time by sharing an engaging alphabetical list of her enriching experience.

2nd Grade Teacher Learns About Wildlife Conservation and Giving Back at SCI Foundation’s American Wilderness Leadership School.

By Katie Baker

2nd grade teacher Katie Baker attended SCI Foundation’s American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) in Jackson, WY summer of 2017.   While learning about how to use the outdoors as a classroom and incorporating wilderness conservation into her curriculum, she was introduced to SCI Foundation’s SafariCare Bell Family Blue Bag program.  The program provides much needed humanitarian supplies to rural communities around the world.  Katie stepped up and decided to “Pay it Forward” by taking a Blue Bag on a recent safari to South Africa.


Todd Roggenkamp

Assistant Director of Education

SCI Foundation AWLS

May – October


9400 MacLeod Rd

Jackson, WY 83001


October – May

SCIF Education Department

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Since 2000, SCI Foundation has provided more than $80 million to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society around the world. Growth of SCI Foundation has continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. Throughout the world, SCI’s approximately 50,000 members and 190 chapters contribute time, talent, and financial support to local, national, and international projects.


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