Clubs and Organizations

Joining clubs and organizations is a great way to get involved and pursue your passions. Browse some of the major specific student groups below and find a family of like-minded students waiting to welcome you to the group.

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Councils

  • The CNR Council serves as the unified voice of all students in the College of Natural Resources. The group is composed of representatives from all recognized student organizations in the college. The Council meets monthly to discuss current issues, problems, achievements and concerns, as well as to develop ideas for better serving students. It is responsible for allocating funds each year to CNR organizations to provide support for various activities. It also publishes the Pinetum each year. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Adrianna Kirkman

Ambassador Programs

  • The CNR Ambassadors are a motivated, student-led organization that serves as a liaison between CNR and the community: prospective students, parents, distinguished guests, alumni and NC State University as whole. The program creates a strong sense of community within the college. They organize and participate in events throughout the university, such as Shack-a-thon and Open House. Staff Advisor: Tiffany McLean
  • PGM Ambassadors are first-year PGA Golf Management students that serve as liaisons to prospective students. In addition to attending meetings, liaising involves written and verbal communication, playing golf and class shadowing. Ambassadors gain valuable leadership experience through the Leadership Development Series (LDS) workshops and assisting the PGM office with special events, such as job fairs and recruiting activities. Staff Advisor: Susan Colby
  • The Environmental Sciences Student Ambassador Program promotes the ES academic program to future students, their families and your fellow peers.

Student Organizations

  • The Environmental Education Club exposes K-8 students to environmental science in an interactive and accessible way to foster interest and inspire environmental protection in the future. Members create lesson plans, teach students and participate in various outreach events. We are both a service and professional organization that helps student earn their Environmental Educator’s Certification. Advisor: Renee Strnad
  • The Forest Products Society helps students become great networkers by developing and maintaining as many contacts as possible in the world of industry, teaching and research. We foster innovation and research in the environmentally sound processing and use of wood and fiber resources by disseminating information and providing forums for networking and the exchange of knowledge. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Lemaster
  • The Forestry Club competes in several forestry competitions throughout the Southeast, including Rolleo, a competition that we host every November. Competitions consist of several physical events such as standing and horizontal wood chopping, men and women’s crosscut sawing, log rolling, axe throwing and archery, as well as others. Forestry based technical events include wood identification, dendrology and air photo. Practices are held twice a week and the club is open to anyone in the university, not just Forest Management students. See us in action on Facebook. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joe Roise
  • The Society of American Foresters (SAF) Student Chapter is the largest professional society representing foresters and natural resource professionals. SAF has advanced research, education and connections between professionals and students (undergrad and grads) for more than a century at NC State. Our cooperative activities include the spring dinner, hosted and supported by the student chapter, and representation at the Arbor Day celebration at the Raleigh Farmers Market. The student chapter organizes two major trips for students, including the SAF national convention in the fall and the regional Appalachian Society of American Foresters annual meeting in the spring. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joe Roise
  • The NC State Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) is a student-run nonprofit organization that acts in concert with the Office for International Programs at CNR to enhance the international perspective of forestry studies at NC State. ISTF meets monthly to hear guest speakers and presentations focusing on current research topics. ISTF also organizes annual events, such as conference attendance and a spring symposium. Membership is open to any person with an interest in international forestry and environmental issues. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erin Sills
  • The purpose of NC State Chapter of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources is to provide a forum for the open discussion of local and global environmental and natural resources issues to promote ecological literacy and stewardship; to provide opportunities for service to the community; to provide a forum for individuals to present research; to facilitate networking between undergraduates, graduates, and faculty; and to provide social activities and events for the membership. See us in action on Facebook.
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Erin Seekamp
  • The Leopold Wildlife Club is an association of students, faculty advisors and wildlife professionals that share a passion for wildlife management and conservation. As the student chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS), we work closely with wildlife professionals on the state and regional levels. Our meetings include workshops and lectures, community service projects, bird walks, herpetology expeditions and the Southeast Region Wildlife Conclave. Active membership is open to students of all backgrounds and majors. Learn more on Facebook. Faculty Advisors: Lara Pacifici and Chris Moorman
  • The Student Chapter of the Technical Association of the Paper and Pulp Industry (TAPPI) provides a link between the professional, business and industrial areas of the paper and pulp industry and students in NC State’s Paper Science and Engineering Department. The chapter sponsors annual events and trips; hosts recruiters and employer presentations; provides a forum for student, industry, technical and professional presentations; fosters leadership skills in members; encourages interaction between paper science classes; and encourages its members to serve as ambassadors for the PSE program within the university and throughout the industry. Learn more on our Facebook Page. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Med Byrd
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) was chartered in 1998 and is jointly sponsored by the College of Natural Resources and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We provide students with professional development, community development and personal development opportunities and strive for the inclusion, achievement and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences. Our activities include community service, collaborating with fellow student organizations, and holding fundraising events such as the bi-annual Fish Fry and the Muscadine Jelly Sale. Faculty Advisor: Thomas Easley
  • Roots and Shoots is a conservation club dedicated to raising awareness and promoting animal conservation both locally and globally. We’re about making positive change happen — for our people, for animals and for the environment. The Roots and Shoots network connects students who share a desire to create a better world. Through service projects, student campaigns and awareness outreach, Roots and Shoots members make an impact in their community and globally. Faculty Adviser: Dr. Werner Dorgeloh
  • Rho Phi Lambda is an honor fraternity for the top academic students in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. As a club, Rho Phi Lambda provides opportunities for personal and professional development. Active Rho members often receive financial support to attend professional conferences and meetings. Faculty Advisor: Annette Moore
  • The Student Fisheries Society is a sub-unit of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. It encourages the exchange of fisheries and aquatic science information among students, faculty and regional professionals and provides career guidance to students. The American Fisheries Society is the oldest and largest not-for-profit professional society for government, academic and industry scientists associated with conservation, development and management of fishery resources in North America. Check out our Facebook Page. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joe Hightower
  • Women in Professional Golf Management (WPGM) promotes application, participation and awareness of women in the golf industry. This organization is led by the women of the PGA Golf Management program and hosts an annual conference for women majoring in PGM entitled “Let’s Hear It for the Girls,” which includes educational sessions as well as social and golf outings. Staff Advisor: Susan Colby
  • The PGM Student Organization consists of all students enrolled in the PGA Golf Management program. The organization promotes the general welfare of PGA Golf Management students and provides career enhancement, academic assistance, social programs and tournament opportunities. Staff Advisor: Susan Colby
  • Xi Sigma Pi is the National Forestry Honor Society, whose goal is to recognize and promote academic excellence in forestry and related disciplines. Membership is by invitation and includes various majors in natural resources. Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richard R. Braham
  • Women Rising to the Top as One in Management is a student organization founded for the purpose of forming a community for women in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management majors and minors. This organization provides students an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real world experiences by focusing on professional development, community service and networking with fellow female students. Advisors: Susan Colby and Shaefny Grays
  • The WolfPack Environmental Student Association (WESA) promotes campus environmental awareness and environmental protection. Faculty Advisor: Bill Winner
  • The Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) provides professional development and critical environmental decision-making skills to members. The core Purpose of AWMA is to improve environmental knowledge and decisions through neutral forums for exchanging information to benefit society. Advisor: Chris Frey
  • Students for Sustainable Solutions is an on-campus group that supports environmental sustainability through a variety of outreach, educational and hands-on activities.

Graduate Student Associations

  • The FER Graduate Student Association strives to improve the educational and social experiences of graduate students in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. Staff Advisor: Sarah Slover
  • The PRTM Graduate Student Association supports students in their course of study and enhances their overall NC State graduate experience by promoting professional development, encouraging scholarly pursuits, and facilitating networking and social endeavors. The GSA produces lifelong learners and leaders in a global society committed to developing parks, recreation, tourism and sport resources that improve the quality of life and are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. Faculty Advisor: Carla Barbieri

Campus Opportunities

For more information about other extracurricular aspects of student life at NC State, check out the Student Organization Resource Center, which lists information on more than 300 other student organizations. State and national organizations associated with specific environmental interest areas can also provide additional academic, career and social opportunities during your time at NC State.