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Clubs and Organizations

Joining student clubs and professional 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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Student Clubs and Professional Organizations

  • The CNR Ambassadors are a motivated, student-led organization that serves as a liaison between the College of Natural Resources and prospective students, parents, distinguished guests, alumni and the university as whole. The program creates a strong sense of community within the college. Ambassadors organize and participate in events throughout the university, such as Shack-a-thon and Open House. Advisor: or 919.515-6191
  • 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. Advisor: Yvonne Lee
  • 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 students earn their Environmental Educator’s Certification. Advisor: Renee Strnad
  • The Environmental Student Association promotes campus environmental awareness and environmental protection. 
  • 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.   Advisor: Erin Champion.
  • 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 Leopold Wildlife Club is the NC State student arm of The Wildlife Society, a national professional organization. This club provides opportunities for professional development, networking and social events for students looking for careers in wildlife fields. Meetings are held twice a month and generally feature a professional speaker, such as wildlife biologists, rehabilitators, wildlife veterinarians and more. We strive to have at least one field outing or workshop every month and attend the National Conference each year. Advisors: Chris Moorman and Lara Pacifici.
  • 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. This group provides students with professional, community and personal development opportunities and promotes inclusion, achievement and advancement of all people in the agricultural sciences. Check out the NC State organization page
  • The Pinetum chronicles life at the college each year. This student yearbook, specific to the College of Natural Resources, highlights student organizations, activities and events. Advisor: Sarah Corica
  • 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 (SAFE) 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 and helping to shape the emerging profession and growing field of fire ecology. The NCSU chapter activities are focused on the continued 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 NCSU Experimental Forests and partner lands. Learn more on Facebook Advisor: Bob Mickler.
  • The Student Fisheries Society is a student-specific chapter of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. We encourage the exchange of fisheries and aquatic science information among students, faculty and regional professionals and provide career guidance to students. Faculty Advisor: Thomas Kwak
  • 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: Rachel Cook.

Campus-wide 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.