Interested in sharing environmental and natural resource careers with your students?
The Pennsylvania Mentors in Agricultural Conservation Program offers job-shadowing field experience for high school agricultural science or FFA students with CBF's restoration specialists. Our restoration specialists work with farmers, helping them implement soil- and water-conservation strategies that ensure a healthy, profitable farm for generations to come.
Mentors in Agricultural Conservation students work alongside the specialist and the farmer while gaining real-life experience for a career in agricultural conservation. During their visit, students may participate in restoration work and riparian buffer maintenance, stream assessments, best management practice reviews, and talk with farmers about the conservation projects on their farms.
After the field experience, students are invited to apply to a five-day Student Leadership Summer Course, where they will study how agriculture is connected to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Students can also receive guidance and support from CBF while pursuing their FFA Supervised Agricultural Experiences, such as adopting a buffer, leading a tree planting, researching soil health, or hosting an event to educate other students about the importance of agricultural conservation.
The Pennsylvania Mentors in Agricultural Conservation Program is a free program and is available to student groups on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural science class or FFA. The limited number of field experiences are dependent on the geography and availability of our restoration specialists and their restoration projects. Maximum capacity is 12 participants.