About Us

What is a Project Wild America (PWA) Youth Ambassador?

A Project Wild America Youth Ambassador is a local high school student that is interested in learning more about the natural resources and imperiled species that exist within the city of Jamestown, New York.

2015 Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Crew: Back row (left to right): Kurt Moeller, Jeremy Hatfield, Hailey Dutton, Alex Shipherd, Adolf Zollinger and Tina Nelson. Front row (left to right): Matt Elia, Griffin Noon, Erros Quinones and Elyse Henshaw.

2015 Project Wild America Youth Ambassadors Crew: Back row (left to right): Kurt Moeller, Jeremy Hatfield, Hailey Dutton, Alex Shipherd, Adolf Zollinger and Tina Nelson. Front row (left to right): Matt Elia, Griffin Noon, Erros Quinones and Elyse Henshaw.

What We Do

  • Support ongoing and new studies on local flora and fauna that exist within the Chadakoin River corridor
  • Assess habitat quality and impact of development
  • Explore the Chadakoin River’s recreation and economic value
  • Communicate our findings and positive stewardship messages to residents, policy makers and area visitors

Who We Are

This year, the Project Wild America crew will be eight high school Youth Ambassadors from area schools supervised by two college students from Jamestown Community College. We work closely with RTPI biologists and educators in order to learn more about the species that live within our community and demonstrate to others how we can be good stewards of the natural resources around us.

Where We Work

This summer we will primarily work in the Jamestown section of the Chadakoin River corridor. This area is home to a number of rare aquatic and terrestrial species. We are still learning about them, and we intend to monitor and study them throughout the season. Through this program we will gain experience in biological field techniques as well as educational methods and much more!

You can read more about the 2016 Project Wild America crew here!

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