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Student Leadership 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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  • The College of Natural Resources (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. Contact the them at Staff Advisor: Yvonne Lee

Ambassador and Leadership 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. Contact us at
  • 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: Gabriella Sinkovic
  • The Forestry and Environmental Resources (FER) Leadership Board creates a welcoming environment for existing students by creating events and programs to enhance and support our current students experience and provide support within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and College of Natural Resources.  Staff advisor: Erin Champion
  • The James Buzzard Leadership Development Program develops a cohort of CNR upper-level undergraduate student leaders to positively impact organizations, their community, and the world. Through experiences such as field trips to meet industry leaders and one-on-one coaching sessions, this program prepares students to enter their fields with a grasp of leadership principles and to be self-aware about their strengths and areas of growth. Contact us at
  • The CNR Engaging Leaders Program emphasizes hands-on learning, real-world applications, and relationship building with faculty, staff, students and community leaders. The program is open to freshman, off-campus transfer and on-campus transfer students. Contact us at

Student Organizations

  • Citizen Science Club. Citizen Science Club works to promote inclusion and expand on interdisciplinary measures in the scientific community. Our biweekly meetings feature presentations from guest speakers whose work involves citizen science and may present opportunities for members to be involved in their research or club training and participation in citizen science projects. Faculty Advisor: Caren Cooper
  • The Environmental Student Association (ESA) promotes campus environmental awareness and environmental protection. Faculty Advisor:Renee Strnad.
  • Epsilon Eta Environmental Fraternity Iota Chapter at North Carolina State University. Epsilon Eta’s mission is to advocate for environmental justice and sustainability at NC State and the surrounding area. We welcome all students who have an interest in the environment and wish to make our communities more sustainable and eco-friendly. Faculty Advisor: Dana Thomas
  • The Forestry Club is open to all students at NC State, not just Forest Management students. The club competes in several forestry competitions throughout the Southeast, including Rolleo, a competition that the club hosts 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, wildlife identification, and timber estimation. Practices are held twice a week. If you are interested in learning more about forestry or competing in collegiate Timbersports you are invited to join.  Connect and learn more on Facebook. Faculty Advisor: Steph Jeffries.
  • The Geospatial Graduate Student Organization is a university-recognized community that supports all graduate students affiliated with the Center for Geospatial Analytics. The organization sponsors professional development activities, social events and service projects, such as partnering with Wake County’s Holiday Cheer program. Faculty advisor: Eric Money.
  • Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Student Chapter. The chapter’s goal is to educate students on emerging issues in water, sanitation, and hygiene globally and build connections with the Global WaSH faculty cluster as well as other non-profits and NGO’s in the triangle. Faculty Advisor: Angela Harris
  • 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
  • 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. Staff Advisor: Latisha Judd
  • National Parks Club The National Parks Club aims to create a fun welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds to bond over a common interest This group aims to raise awareness of the importance of national state and local public lands and advocates for their conservation through volunteering discussion hands-on experiences and recreation By educating members about career paths within environmental action and parks recreation and tourism management the club builds advocacy skills network and guide members interests Advisor: Lincoln Larson
  • 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.
  • PRTM Service and Leadership Club. The PRTM Service and Leadership Club provides service to the NC State campus community by taking the lead on community service projects related to student wellness, sport involvement, and outdoor recreation. Faculty Advisor: Keith Howard
  • 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: Robert Jetton and Gary Blank
  • The Student Association for Fire Ecology is a university chapter of the Association for Fire Ecology, an international organization dedicated to improving the knowledge and use of fire in land management, helping to shape the emerging profession and growing the field of fire ecology. The NC State chapter is focused on activities that continue student education and professional advancement in wildland fire ecology. We work with our fire partners in the North Carolina Forest Service, North Carolina Parks and Recreation, and The Nature Conservancy to conduct collaborative training and participate in prescribed fire crews on NC State experimental forests and partner lands. Learn more at @ncstatesafe on Instagram or on Facebook. Faculty Advisor: Jenn Fawcett and Elliot Nauert Emeritus Advisor: Bob Mickler
  • 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 their Facebook Page. Faculty Advisor: Med Byrd
  • 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 Advisors: Robert Jetton and Gary Blank

Graduate Student Associations

  • The Forest Biomaterials Graduate Student Association  represents and supports the graduate student body in the Forest Biomaterials department. This is accomplished by providing a forum for graduate student opinion, engaging faculty and graduate students in discussion on matters of mutual interest, and promoting professional development and fellowship among graduate students. Faculty Advisor: Ilona Peszlen
  • 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: Stephen Griffin
  • 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: Bethany Cutts
  • 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 Advisors: Meredith Martin and Erin Sills

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.