The Peregrine Fund's Summer Youth Volunteer Program

The Raptor High program supports students as they learn professional skills while teaching concepts of raptor biology and ecology, and sharing inspiring stories of conservation with visitors from around the world.

We look forward to working with a number of motivated high school-aged students this summer who want to learn more about conservation and further practice the time management and public speaking skills expected in a professional environment.
Applications for the 2024 program will be available HERE on January 1st, 2024!

2024 Program Dates*

Application Period Opens
Monday, January 1st, 2024

Applications Accepted Until
Sunday, March 31, 2024

Throughout April

Notification of Acceptance
Saturday, May 18, 2024

Team Training (Required)
Monday, June 3, 2024

Small Group Training Session (Attend 1)
Tuesday, June 4th 10am - 12:30pm  or  2pm - 4:30pm
Wednesday, June 5th 10am - 12:30pm  or  2pm - 4:30pm

End of Program Gathering
Saturday, August 17, 2024

*Subject to change 

Time Commitment

  • The program runs for 11 weeks from June - August.
  • Complete approximately 30 hours of service over the course of the program.
  • Various shifts are available daily during our summer hours of operation.
  • Volunteer around your summer plans!

Quotes from Students

"This experience challenged me to do the very thing I occasionally try to avoid, and so because public speaking was required I believe I gained more confidence in that area. I felt more at ease approaching visitors and engaging with strangers and as a result I think this is going to help me greatly in college."

"The volunteers and staff cultivate such a warm and welcoming and calm atmosphere and it is easy to see how much they love the people and environment around them. They are passionate, energetic, compassionate, and dedicated people and I am so lucky to have gotten to know some of them. It is incredible to be a member of Raptor High because of the lifelong memories, connections, and tools learned! I am more environmentally aware and know actions to take to improve the health of raptors (and thus other species and humans) thanks to Raptor High. It means a lot to me that this opportunity was available, fun, exciting, and educational! I think about being a science writer or teacher now. Thank you so much!"

"I learned so much more than I thought I would, not just about conservation, but about how to read people, and how to efficiently convey information."

High School Volunteers showing guests the California Condors
Applications being accepted now!

Apply to Raptor High

The Peregrine Fund will be accepting applications to
Raptor High 2024 on January 1st, 2024. The application window closes on March 31st, 2024.

Apply Starting January 1
Raptor High Logo

Is Raptor High for You?

Students and guardians are invited to join a Raptor High Preview to go over expectations, scheduling, and next steps. Sessions will be virtual. RSVP to Jessica Gordon to attend or to schedule an individual session.

Thursday, February 22nd from 3:30 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 6th from 5:00 - 5:30pm
Friday, March 15th from 4:00 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, March 27th from 4:00 - 4:30pm

Team Training for Raptor High Class of 2023
Thank You!

Raptor High Class of 2023

This summer we hosted 22 students who contributed 739.25 hours of public outreach and interpretation with visitors of the World Center for Birds of Prey!

Jessica Gordon, CVA
Manager of Volunteer Engagement

Main Phone: 208-362-8687
Direct Phone: 208-362-8262