Sponsorships offered for students, educators attending 2013 SCIF Wilderness Leadership School
Nestled in the beautiful Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson, Wyo., the Safari Club International Foundation’s American Wilderness Leadership School provides the perfect atmosphere for educational programs. Established in 1976 with the vision of providing educators with a useful hands-on experience that they can bring home to their classrooms, AWLS has provided an accredited wildlife management program for 5,473 teachers who reach more than a million students annually and a challenging experience for 1,338 students.
The school offers six teacher sessions and one student session for ages 16-18. The 2013 student session is July 1-7. The 2013 educator workshops are June 12-19 and 22-29; July 12-19 and 22-29; and Aug. 1-8. A registration fee of $900 covers meals, lodging, and round-trip ground transportation to and from the Jackson airport.
Student sponsorships are available; see application for details on how to apply. Funds for educator tuition are also available.
The AWLS’s seven-day student program presents a base knowledge of wildlife ecology and conservation learning that becomes a central point around which leadership training is provided. This program offers recreational activities that include an overnight camping trip in the mountains, a whitewater raft trip on the Snake River, and more.
The educator program covers wildlife conservation and management in the United States, land management issues, endangered species and outdoor ethics, Wyoming ecosystems, the economic contribution of sportsmen in conservation, as well as instructional materials and resources to use in outdoor education programs. Attendees will learn about shooting sports and obtain National Archery in the Schools instructor certification. Field trips include the Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Game & Fish agencies, Grand Teton National Park, and National Elk Refuge, and a visit to natural gas fields to explore energy and conservation issues.
Educator attendees will also enjoy a whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River and learn about stream ecology. ◊
Student application: http://tinyurl.com/bmnqkun
Educator application: http://tinyurl.com/c4663n5