Our focus remains on developing the next generation of conservationists and hunters through specific programs focused on educators and youth. Programs include the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) – which is the foundation’s flagship program to reach educators and youth with our sustainable use wildlife conservation curriculum. We also provide college scholarships to high achieving students in the conservation fields, develop, sell, and distribute the interactive “Hands On Wildlife” Conservation instructional kit – an ideal tool for educators.
SCIF Education Program Highlights
Education Sables have 5 fully endowed $100,000 college scholarships that have awarded more than $80,000 to 32 scholars since 2004. This past year, another $24,600 was awarded to 14 college students at 14 separate colleges. Scholarships were awarded to four students in the Southern Africa Wildlife College studying conservation and anti-poaching totaling $18,000. In 2015, the McMillan Advocacy Scholarship was established at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN for law students interested in conservation law.
A youth program partnerships between Education Sables and The Salvation Army Outdoors, has trained 500 Army staff to teach conservation education, 250 as archery instructors using the National Archery in the Schools Program, 39 as trainers to train more staff as archery instructors and 94 as Basic Rifle Instructors (BRI). SCIF education is working with Boy Scouts of America in Arizona in providing instruction for scouts to earn badges through programs at the SCIF International Wildlife Museum. SCIF Education is working with New Mexico Game & Fish in developing hunter education programs at scout camps for families.
SCI Chapters and Education Sables partner through SCI Foundation grant programs that provide financial support to SCI Chapters that provide programs for youth in their communities. Since 2011 SCIF Education awarded nearly $600,000 to SCI Chapters for youth programs in their local communities.
American Wilderness Leadership School near Jackson, Wyoming has more than 6,000 alumni who learned what and how to teach youth about conservation and the role of hunting. The core curriculum is the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. This college level course/professional development for educators influences what is taught in schools across the country.
Approximately 50% of alumni are middle or high school teachers who each reach about 100 – 150 youth each year.
Collectively, all alumni reach tens of thousands of youth each year with a conservation message.
At SCI Foundation’s American Wilderness Leadership School location in Jackson, Wyoming, educators and students learn about conservation, wildlife management, and outdoor recreation through outdoor, hands-on activities. The AWLS high school session focus in on conservation, learning to be leaders and advocacy.
Since 2000, SCI Foundation has provided more than $80 million to promote science-based conservation through wildlife research, capacity building in governments, youth and teacher education, and humanitarian programs that show the importance of the hunting community in society around the world. Growth of SCI Foundation has continued to gain momentum through charitable donations from SCI members and direct grants from local chapters and the SCI organization. Throughout the world, SCI’s approximately 50,000 members and 190 chapters contribute time, talent, and financial support to local, national, and international projects.