At a time when more kids are less connected with the natural world, a new television series is reshaping the image of our conservation heritage while promoting outdoor lifestyles in households and classrooms across the country.
Last year Safari Club International Foundation and the Hunter Legacy Fund joined forces with the Emmy-winning Into the Outdoors Education Network to create a pilot program on America’s Hunting Heritage. Besides making impressions on regional and national networks, the television episode also grabbed the attention of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences by earning an Emmy nomination for the top youth education program in the Midwest. The winner will be announced at the formal awards ceremony November 10 in Chicago.
No matter who takes home the Emmy that evening, America’s conservation story will emerge as the real winner because of new support by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and others in expanding the pilot into a series of television and classroom educational programs.
“It’s a great day when we get the chance to tell this story on syndicated television and in classrooms,” said Dan Brooks, Director of Education at SCI Foundation. “And with this expanding series we will be able to assist and support all 50 state wildlife agencies by reaching millions with the story of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and the outdoor recreational activities it supports. It’s a win-win for R3 hunting programs and our hunting heritage.”
One reason the television show connects with audiences and kids is that it’s actually hosted by kids, using engaging production techniques that have earned the series 14 Emmys for Youth Education Programming. Their online education network also offers free classroom videos and conservation lessons to teachers nationally.
To help support this educational initiative of America’s Hunting Heritage, contact Dan Brooks at DBrooks@safariclub.org.
To view parts of the program and free educational materials, visit; http://intotheoutdoors.org/topics/birth-of-wildlife-conservation/, http://intotheoutdoors.org/topics/managing-white-tailed-deer/, http://intotheoutdoors.org/topics/managing-black-bears/.
The program can also be viewed on RokuTV.