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, and socials. The 2017-18 program kicked off on April 20, 2017 and will conclude in March 2018.
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.
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.
Applications for the 2018-19 OCLA program are now being accepted.
Deadline for submission is March 2, 2018.