Conservation Leadership Corps



The Edgar Veillon Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) program is focused on the development of future conservation leaders in Louisiana. The program was established in 2018 in honor of the late Edgar Veillon, a dedicated conservation leader and longtime member of Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF).

LWF's conservation leadership training program will teach you the skills you need to become an effective champion of conservation issues. You will have the opportunity to network with leaders in state, federal and private conservation organizations and practice critical communication and teamwork skills. Help LWF advance important conservation protection while gaining valuable skills!

You have a voice and that voice matters. The CLC program can teach you how to effectively use your voice to advocate for issues that matter to you. If you are passionate about the outdoors and want to play an active role in the future of conservation and protection of our natural resources, this is the program for you!

about the program

Learn From Today's Leaders

The CLC program is designed to provide expert training for undergraduate students to develop the leadership skills and techniques necessary to analyze and develop conservation policies. Students will learn about conservation issues and work with their peers to identify ways to become actively engaged and advocate for solutions. 

Real-World Experience

Training will be provided by natural resource professionals in public, non-profit, and private sectors. Through the integration of presentations, case studies, and collaborative activities, students will increase their knowledge of conservation policy and build skills in leadership and advocacy. Students will work together during the program to brainstorm solutions and engage their peers. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with today's leaders in conservation and expand their involvement upon completion of the program. Such interactions will be valuable to participants in relation to school success, future career aspirations, and involvement in organizations.


Students will increase their knowledge of conservation policy and build skills in leadership and advocacy in forestry uses, coastal restoration, wind energy, and carbon sequestration. 

Program Schedule

All training sessions will be held during the Spring 2024 semester on the following dates:
Session I: January 26-27, 2024  - In-Person at Chicot State Park
Session II:  February 23-24, 2024 (online)
Session III: March  22-23, 2024 (online)
Session IV: April 19-20, 2024 (In-person in Baton Rouge, La)


No cost to you! Any costs incurred for food and lodging for training sessions will be covered by LWF. However, transportation costs are not covered.

The program will be offered in a hybrid format of both in-person and online sessions. LWF will cover all food and lodging expenses for in-person sessions.


Upon successful completion of the program, each participant will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment, a letter of commendation and a $200 scholarship to advance their continuing education.


  • Must be 18+
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate during the Spring 2024 semester (and residing in Louisiana during that time)
  • Able to commit to attending 4 training sessions (see program schedule)
  • Passionate about conservation and interested in becoming involved in the decision-making process

How To Apply

We are no longer accepting applications to  become a member of the 2024 Conservation Leadership Corps. The application process for the 2025 Conservation Leadership Corps will begin in the fall of 2024.

This program is made possible because of the support from people like you! If you would like to help fund this year's program, please submit a donation today. Thank you!

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