American Wilderness Leadership School

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 eight-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 college professors from around the country.


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.


Educators may choose from one of seven, eight day educator workshops held from June through mid-August. 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 troggenkamp@safariclub.org or (520)954-0664.

What is AWLS?

  • AWLS is professional development for educators. If desired, it can be taken for college credit through Colorado State University.   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 – 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!”


Read Renee’s Story




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.


Read Tammy’s Story




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.


Read Katie’s Story


2020 Summer Schedule

This year, the school will offer seven teacher sessions at the Wyoming facility.  A registration fee of $900 covers meals, lodging, and round-trip ground transportation to and from the Jackson, Wyoming, airport.

Scholarships are available.


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June 5 – June 12 Educator Workshop 1
June 15 – June 22 Educator Workshop 2
June 25 – July 2 HLF Educator Workshop 3
July 6– July 13 Educator Workshop 4
July 16 – July 23 Educator Workshop 5
July 26- August 2 Educator Workshop 6
August 5 – August 12 Educator Workshop 7


Todd Roggenkamp

Assistant Director of Education

SCI Foundation AWLS


May – October


9400 MacLeod Rd

Jackson, WY 83001


October – May

SCIF Education Department

4800 West Gates Pass Road

Tucson, AZ 85745