The Nature Conservancy is looking for conservation-minded leaders to be a part of the 2017-18 Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy.

“We launched OCLA last year with an inaugural class of 15 Oklahoma City-based members,” said Mike Fuhr, state Ddirector for The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. “Due to the success of the program, we’re expanding our efforts to include 40 individuals from around the state for 2017-18.”

The yearlong program consists of monthly meetings and is designed to bring Oklahoma residents together to learn about science-based conservation. Through the academy, the Conservancy aims to inspire sustainable, nature-based solutions to urban challenges that benefit people and nature. Individuals chosen for OCLA will gain intimate knowledge of conservation practices around the state.

Deadline to apply for the 2017-18 program is March 3 and the academy begins April 20. Visit nature.org/ocla for more information and to download an application form.

The Nature Conservancy is a global, nonprofit conservation organization that works to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. With more than one million members, the Conservancy has effectively conserved more than 15 million U.S. acres. Its nearly 100,000 acres in Oklahoma includes Osage County’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. To learn more, visit: nature.org/oklahoma.