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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

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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 seventh year of the program will take place during the 2019-2020 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, 2019. Candidates will be selected by June 15, 2019. All applicants will be notified of the results. More detailed information on the program will be provided to those selected over the 2019 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

Upcoming Events

2018-2019 Training Sessions

Principles of Leadership: October 5-6, 2018
Policy and Advocacy: December 7-8, 2018
Resolution Development: February 15-16, 2019
WWF Annual Meeting/Banquet/ Resolution Presentation April 12-13, 2019

2018-2019 Field Trips

Fall TBA
Spring TBA

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

Executive Committee

CLC 2018-2019 Executive Committee

CLC Coordinator: Monica Banaszak

Programs Director: Nicole Loeffler

President: Hunter Nikolai

Treasurer: Sawyer Boldt

­Vice President: Kailey Kraus

Secretary: Halley Feil

Publicist: Lexi Allworden

Past President: Justin Mueller

CLC Year 6 Students (2018-2019)

Alice Peipenburg- UW Madison

Amanda Haddock- Northland College

Bradley Varner- St. Norbert College

Adaela Jones- Northland College

John LaValley

Natalie Bradish- St. Norbert College

Haylee Albrecht- Carroll University

Jordan Kitchen- UW River Falls

Wyat Benton- UW Stevens Point

Carl Meeker- UW River Falls

Suhyoon Baen- UW Stevens Point

Clarissa Rolefson- Mount Mary University

Paige Proctor- Stevens Point Area Senior High School