Alabama Extension helps kids connect with the great outdoors
Natural resources like forests, wildlife and waterways are treasures that deserve to be protected. But at a time when many people are increasingly disconnected from the great outdoors, it can be difficult to instill in them an understanding of why sound management of these resources matters.
Alabama Cooperative Extension personnel working in 4-H decided environmental education should be a priority. They implemented workshops, competitions and other activities to teach young people about such topics as fishing, water quality, kayaking, forestry, wildlife, safety and more. For many young people, these types of program offerings represent the first time they get to try outdoor activities and develop a personal connection to the natural world.
Nearly 30,000 students have been reached through these efforts. Several have even gone on to get certified as water chemistry monitors, kayaking instructors, fishing and aquatic education instructors and other leadership roles. Participants reported increased confidence in outdoor skills and a greater sense of stewardship.
Link to full statement on website: http://landgrantimpacts.tamu.edu/impacts/show/5883