Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow (CLfT) is a professional development program designed for student and professional leaders within the natural resource sciences. CLfT workshops consist of a 5-day hunting awareness and conservation education program for individuals who desire a more detailed understanding of hunting and the role hunting plays in wildlife management and conservation. Participants engage with leading natural resource professionals in a highly interactive educational setting.
Central to the success of many conservation initiatives is an understanding of the diverse roles hunting has in society and natural resource policy. Participation in the CLfT program facilitates more effective and influential communications within your profession and broadens your knowledge of conservation practices.
The CLfT curriculum is derived from the leading science and theory of natural resources administration. Instructors provide highly interactive and open presentation styles that encourage critical review of information and an exchange of perspectives. Topics vary widely and include hunter demographics and motivations, ethics and society, and wildlife ecology and conservation.
You will receive first-hand instruction on the equipment used by hunters and what skills are required to properly identify and handle related firearms. CLfT is not in any way intended to train or otherwise recruit participants into hunting. Exposure to these skill sets simply allows you to better understand and relate to hunting through experiential learning.
As part of the CLfT program, you will have the opportunity to participate in a mentored hunt. You will be partnered one-on-one with a CLfT instructor, who will mentor you safely through the guided hunt. Many participants report the hunt to be a highly valuable experience that broadens their understanding and perceptions of hunting and hunters.
If you are a college student interested in attending a CLfT workshop, please contact your University's CLfT academic advisor. You can search for universities associated with the CLfT program by clicking here. If you are an agency professional or student interested in CLfT, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.