Now known as the Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy (OCLA), the program was designed to bring engaged, creative and active members the community together to learn about science-based conservation and how they can become conservation stewards in their community and beyond. For the first year of it's launch, the program was originally focused on Oklahoma City. This year, we are expanding our efforts to include representatives from around the state.
OCLA is a yearlong program consisting of workshops, field trips, meetings, socials and a public forum. The 2017-18 program kicked off on April 20, 2017 and will conclude in March 2018. Meet the class of 2017-18. See additional class rosters below.
Scientists predict that by 2050, there will be nine billion people on Earth, and a staggering 75 percent of them will live in cities. With Oklahoma's population expected to hit four million by 2018, now is a pivotal time to ensure that nature has a major role in our state's future.
For more than 60 years, the Conservancy has worked to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We have deep experience protecting and restoring forests, rivers and prairies — for the benefit of plants and animals, and for future generations of people to experience and enjoy.
Natural defenses like woodlands and wetlands can actually improve a community's sustainability and provide more protection from natural disasters. Incorporating nature into our urban planning holds the promise to make cities more resilient, more livable, and ultimately flourishing places.
The academy is a starting point for educating individuals that shape the future of Oklahoma — providing them with the knowledge needed to make enlightened personal and civic decisions, and encouraging innovative approaches to urban-based conservation.
By utilizing nature-based solutions, we can support the growth, sustainability and economic vitality of Oklahoma.