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Conservation Education

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provides a menu of resource materials and adventure workshops that promote the conservation ethic. People of all ages can select from formal educational programs (K-12 curricula), non-formal educational programs, and field experiences that reconnect participants with Alabama's natural resources. The Department has Web resources for the general public, students, educators and boy scout leaders.

Programs for conservation education include Boating Education, Creek KidsHunter Education, angler education, programs at state parks, teacher workshops, and this Web site!  Opportunities also include art contests for students and adults.

By investing in people today, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources invests in conservation for the future. Programs currently offered include:

PROJECT WILD: Six-hour introductory workshop for teachers, naturalists, youth leaders, 4-H, and scout leaders. Participants receive the Project WILD Educational Activity Guide containing over 100 activities designed to teach youth about conservation of wildlife and ecological systems.

AQUATIC WILD: Six-hour introductory workshop for teachers, naturalists, youth leaders, 4-H, and scout leaders. Participants receive the Aquatic WILD Educational Activity Guide containing over 40 activities designed to teach youth about conservation of aquatic habitats and ecological systems.

PROJECT WET: Introductory workshop for teachers, naturalists, youth leaders, 4H, and scout leaders. Participants receive the Project WET Educational Activity Guide containing over 100 activities designed to teach youth about timely topics such as water chemistry, hydrologic cycles, water uses, watersheds, and water conservation. To inquire about Project WET workshops, please contact Ben Smith, Living River Environmental Center, at 205-387-1806 or email pc@campmcdowell.com; or Anna Bryant, Camp Beckwith, 10400 Beckwith Ln, Fairhope, AL 36532, at 251-928-7844 or email beckwithregistrar@bellsouth.net.

GROWING UP WILD: Exploring Nature With Young Children (Ages 3-7) is now available. This three and one-half hour introductory workshop is designed to help educators and caregivers engage young children in healthy activities that encourage exploration of the outdoors. The 127-page GUW Guide contains 27 interactive hands-on activities correlated to the National Association of Education for Young Children and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Domains. Correlations to the Alabama Course of Study are pending. The alignment with developmentally appropriate practices is revealed in each and every section of every unit.  

BECOMING AN OUTDOORS WOMAN
Participants receive practical instruction and beginner-level skills in such areas as camping, Dutch oven cooking, map and compass, archery, firearms safety, recreational sport shooting, hunting,
fishing, backyard wildlife, nature photography, ATV handling, and first aid. Fee includes three days, two nights lodging and all meals at the Alabama 4-H Center. Enjoy the comforts of this modern facility hidden along the shore of Lay Lake (Shelby County). All instructional equipment provided.

STEP OUTSIDE:
Finally, an outdoor skills training program for the entire family! Success of the Becoming An Outdoors Woman program (BOW) created demand for a new type of outdoor skills program, namely, one which offers outdoor skills workshops for men, women, and children. Step Outside introduces newcomers to traditional activities of target shooting, archery, hunting and fishing. Because many Alabamians enjoy birding, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, and canoeing, the Step Outside program offers skills training for these activities as well. Click here to learn about upcoming Step Outside events.

ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM: More Information.
BOATING EDUCATION: More information
CREEK KIDS at TANNEHILL: More information
FEDERAL JUNIOR DUCK STAMP ART CONTEST: More information.
HUNTER EDUCATION:   Alabama is one of 49 states that has a mandatory hunter education program. Please click here to obtain hunter education requirements for other states and Canadian provinces. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries expects approximately 13,000 students to complete the Hunter Education Course this year alone. The goal of the Hunter Education Program is to make Alabama hunters safe, responsible, and more knowledgeable about wildlife conservation.  Please click here for additional information regarding the Alabama Hunter Education Program.   
OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS: See our partnership with the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

 

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