Oatland Wildlife Leaders (O.W.L.s)

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Join Oatland’s team and gain valuable volunteer experience while developing a deeper understanding of wildlife and environmental conservation. Learn about Oatland’s animal collection and share your knowledge through outreach programs and various events as you sharpen your public speaking and workplace skills.​​

The Oatland Wildlife Leaders program (OWL) is offered to rising 8th through 12th graders. This multi-year, progressive program builds on material with each session. OWL participants are expected to complete the first two sessions. Once the certificate of completion has been earned, the option to advance to the third session is available.

Session​​​ 1 (September - October)
​​Screech Owl "Becoming a Trail Docent"
Session 2 (November - December)
Barred Owl "Animal Care and Husbandry"
Session 3 (February - May) * optional & if eligible
Great Horned Owl "Citizen Science and Independent Projects"

​If you are only​ looking to fulfill​ your community service hours for school requirements, we do have other volunteer opportunities throughout the year for teenagers, please click here​ for more information.


Applications must be filled out by the student themselves or they will not be considered for the 2024-2025 OWL program. 


The application window for the 2024-2025 program will open March 26th and close April 11th.

Applicants will be notified mid-May of acceptance.

 Questions about the OWL program? Please contact our OWLS Coordinator here.​


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