The American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) is officially back in action for the summer season 2021! A successful work week was held on May 27th – May 31st, 2021, where 37 Sables volunteers worked to get the AWLS facility prepped and ready to receive the participants who will be participating over 7 sessions throughout the summer. AWLS Session 1 was successfully completed with 26 educators who now have the knowledge to incorporate conservation and wildlife ecology into their curriculum.
AWLS began in 1977, and has since continued to educate about the importance of conservation and the role hunting plays in conservation. AWLS gives educators the instructional framework, including lesson plans and teaching ideas, to incorporate conservation education concepts into math, science, social studies, language arts and physical education at all grade levels. In fact, educators who participate in AWLS, have the potential to teach thousands of youth conservation lessons each year. An opportunity that, without AWLS, might not be available to students across the country.
While at AWLS, educators can become a certified National Archery in the Schools (NASP) Instructor, certified in Project WILD and learn about a curriculum focused on natural resource management and science based off the North American Model of Conservation. In addition, they are also offered 60 continuing education credits.
If you are interested in sending an educator in your area to the AWLS program it’s not too late! You along with your local chapter, can sponsor an educator to attend the 2021 program still. All sessions 4 – 7 still have openings. The application can be found at https://safariclubfoundation.org/american-wilderness-leadership-school/. If you would like further information please contact the Assistant Director of Education, Todd Roggenkamp at TRoggenkamp@SCIFirstForHunters.org ; 520-954-0664 or Katie Robinson at Katier@SCIFirstForHunters.org; 520-798-4890.