Outdoor Advanced Leadership Academy

Outdoor Advanced Leadership Academy (OALA) is a unique leadership development program offered by the YMCA of San Francisco, in partnership with the California Waterfowl Association, for youth in grades 6-10. It aims to cultivate an appreciation, understanding and love for the environment, while building skills that will allow youth to become active members of their communities.


This summer, OALA will be offered as a free 7-day residential program with overnights at the Point Bonita YMCA, situated among the rolling hills and coastal bluffs of the Marin Headlands, and CWA’s Grizzly Ranch, a conservation and education center in the largest brackish water marsh in the Western United States - Suisun Marsh.


OALA is open to all youth and is not limited to youth who have participated in YMCA or CWA programs. To participate in OALA, please complete and return the program application to no later than May 31st.

Application Link:

Session Dates:

June 24-July 1

July 22-29

School Programs- Field Trip Scholarships (General)

Funding may be available for program costs and transportation if your school is unable to cover these costs.  Please fill out a scholarship application if interested in this opportunity.  Scholarship selection is based on need, school funding status, and demographics.  Click here for Scholarship Application.


Email, fax or mail your application to Molly Maupin, Education Coordinator at

Fax to: 916-307-5808

Mail to:

Attn: Molly Maupin

1346 Blue Oaks Blvd.

Roseville, CA 95678


The Dennis Raveling Scholarship

The Dennis Raveling Scholarship for Waterfowl Research is awarded annually to a student(s) with a desire to pursue a career in waterfowl or wetlands ecology.  Awards are based on the candidate's resolve, high academic achievement, and project merit.  Candidates must be pursuing an advanced university degree in: Wildlife, Zoology, Botany, Ecology, or other pertinent biological science.  Applicants should submit a ONE page proposal summary description on an original research or management project.  Applicants should be prepared to submit a detailed project proposal if requested.  The Scholarship is intended to provide field experience and training in the tools, methods, and concepts of waterfowl and wetlands research and management.  A committee composed of previous students and professional colleagues of Dennis Raveling will select the winning candidates.  There will be two awards given this year.

  • 1st Place will be $2,000
  • 2nd Place will be $1,000

Applicants should submit a resume and a brief (one page) study proposal or statement explaining the course of study for which they need support. This material must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty member indicating willingness to sponsor the candidate and detailing any requirements (e.g. provision for a final report or thesis) for receiving university credit.  Names and phone numbers of two references are also required (include at least one University instructor and/or previous employment supervisor).  Submission date: October 31, 2017.


Complete package should include:

  • One page, single-spaced Proposal Summary
  • Resume
  • Statement of Interest
  • Letter of Support from faculty member
  • Names and phone numbers of two references

All entries should be single sided with no staples PLEASE!

Mail to:
California Waterfowl Association
1346 Blue Oaks Boulevard

Roseville, CA 95678

Attn: Nicole Chavez





Scholarship Resources:

Ducks Unlimited

Delta Waterfowl ?