Five Student Conclaves are hosted by universities from across the United States and Canada annually, each representing a different section of The Wildlife Society. The host institutions have been announced for four of these Conclaves as follows:
- Northeast Conclave: Paul Smith’s College
- Southeastern Conclave: Virginia Tech
- Western Conclave: Texas A&M University – Kingsville
- Midwest Conclave: University of Minnesota – Crookston and Bemidji State University
All of the above Conclaves will occur during the month of March 2015, and are an excellent opportunity for professional development. A variety of competitions occur, testing both wildlife knowledge and physical ability. Main competitions include the Team Competition and Quiz Bowl. During the Team Competition several stations are set up along a trail covering a variety of natural resources-related topics, from plant and animal identification to field techniques. Quiz Bowl is a competition during which two teams, each composed of four players, earn points by answering questions. Other events include photography contests, obstacle courses, and radiotelemetry.
Student Chapters are encouraged to attend Conclaves not only to learn, but also to network and share experiences.
The Wildlife Society proudly supports each Conclave with $1,000 grant. Grant applications must be submitted to Headquarters two months prior to the event in order to receive funding. For more information on dates and locations please visit http://wildlife.org/professional-development/student-conclaves. Updated information will be posted to the site as it becomes available.