The Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation, the leading provider of outdoor skills, safety and conservation curriculum for schools across the country, will receive $75,000 from the International Safari Club Foundation to support the Wildlife Conservation Unit of the OTF in its outdoor adventure program in middle and high schools across the country.
As part of its mission to protect the freedom to hunt and promote wildlife conservation around the world, the SCI Foundation has committed $25,000 in support per year for each of the next three years.
“Safari Club International Foundation plays a vital role in protecting the future of game and wildlife through conservation and education,” said Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation President Kyle Shidler. “At OTF, we are educating the next generation of men and women who love the outdoors and want to see it protected. SCIF’s forward-thinking generosity will significantly help us educate students across the country about the importance of wildlife conservation.”
SCI Foundation is extremely proud to be a partner of the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation,” said President Brook Minx. “It is critical that our youth learn about modern, sustainable wildlife management and having this available in our schools across the country is important to our mission.”
Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, SCIF is a leader in conducting and supporting scientific and technical studies for the conservation of sustainably used wildlife. They are also leaders in education about the essential role of hunting in scientific wildlife and habitat management. Find more information about SCIF at SafariClubFoundation.org.
OTF’s Outdoor Adventures Program is a fun, interactive course where students are taught lifelong skills through a 34-unit integrated curriculum comprised of math, science, writing, and thinking skills critical. 290 detailed lesson plans cover fisherman education, archery, hunter education, boater education, orienteering, survival skills, camping, cookouts, challenging courses, backpacking, mountain bike camping, paddle sports , rock climbing, shooting sports, CPR/first aid, and wildlife and wildlife medicine. OA teachers can choose units specific to their region and local ecosystems.
Founded in 1981 in Dallas, the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organization. For many schools, the grant money offsets the cost of the program, plus OTF offers matching funds for equipment as new schools join. The resulting classes can be taught as a physical education course, a local elective, or with agricultural science and wildlife management.
The Outdoor Adventures educational program is offered at 980 schools in 46 states nationwide with more than 90,000 students participating each year and more than 415,000 program graduates since its inception. Each OA student spends 180 hours learning outdoor education per year. The program has totaled 16 million hours of outdoor education classes to date.
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Since 1981, the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation (OTF) has fulfilled its mission of teaching outdoor education and promoting wildlife conservation through the Outdoor Adventures program, currently in 980 schools across the country. The curriculum, which has impacted more than 415,000 students since it began, is accessed by 90,000 students annually in 46 states, including archery, shooting, fishing, camping, first aid, boater safety, hunter education, outdoor cooking, outdoors and more. The OTF also provides equipment grants, free workshops and teacher training and is accredited by each state’s state parks and wildlife commissions. To learn more about the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation and how to bring the Outdoor Adventures curriculum to a school near you, visit gootf.com.