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 email@example.com 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!”
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.
2020 Summer Schedule
Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic and concerns about our participants safety, the decision has been made by SCIF to close AWLS for the summer of 2020. This cancelation includes work week, chapter leadership training and all educator sessions. As a result of this, we have sent notice to all signed up AWLS applicants, Chapter Presidents and Sables Reps. We are offering to all who have signed up and confirmed applicants their choice of any of our sessions in the Summer of 2021. Once the dates for 2021 are set, we will notify these applicants so they may sign-up for the session of their choice.
If your chapter has already submitted sponsorship money to cover cost of AWLS applicants, SCIF can give you a credit on these funds towards next year or return the funds to the chapter. Please contact Karen Crehan, our Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for this credit or refund. All applicants to AWLS are encouraged to immediately contact the airlines and let them know what has happened and to seek a credit or refund for airline tickets. The airlines may give credits or refunds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but SCIF is committed to insuring the health and safety of AWLS participants and feels this is the best course of action at this time.
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