Youth Outdoor Skills Update Webinar Series

Incorporating Youth Outdoor Skills into Visitor Service programming introduces and engages a new generation to outdoor recreational pursuits that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Developing and managing a variety of youth programs to include wildlife identification, birding, hiking, fishing, hunting, geocaching, archery, and outdoor safety programs will be explored through this new webinar series.

Each 1-hour webinar will feature case studies and interviews with visitor service and conservation professionals from within the Service or one of our partners.

Incorporating Youth Outdoor Skills into Visitor Service programming introduces and engages a new generation to outdoor recreational pursuits that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Youth Outdoor Skills Descriptions

ABC's of Close Encounters with Nature (00:44:54)
Presented by Matt Conner (FWS) as he discussed their ABS's of close encounters with nature summer camp program. August 13, 2014.

Connected to Nature through Digital Photography (00:39:28)

Presented by Kara Zwickey (FWS) as she discusses "Connected to Nature through Digital Photography". June 11, 2014.

Introduction to Youth Outdoor Skills Webinar (00:49:12)

First in series includes the introduction followed by 2 presentations presented by Marcia Pradines, Chief, Visitor Service & Communications; and Ben Nottingham, Refuge Manager, Panther NWR. Summer 2014.

Safe Archery Hooverball System (00:02:24)

Tutorial on how to setup, tear down, and use the archery hooverball system. Presented by Werner Barz, USFWS.

Transforming Youth Outdoors (00:30:30)

Youth Outdoor Webinar Series. Presented by Chris Rutger. TYO is the first resource-based community for people committed to transforming youth outdoors. If you are interested in joining the community sign up here! http://www.mytyo.org/

Transforming Youth Outdoors (TYO) is the first online resource-based community created to scale impact in outdoor youth development and transform the lives of youth by providing best practices, tools and support to individuals and organizations working with youth in the outdoors. The primary delivery mechanism is a technology platform that enables those in the field of outdoor youth programming to share, network and build upon successes. While many individuals and organizations are passionate about getting youth outdoors, they often don’t have the know-how or tools to transform their personal passion into safe, effective outdoor education programs. Please join us to learn more about TYO, its resources, tools, support and network of organizations and individuals who are creating a movement to scale the impact of best-in-class outdoor education programs.

Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Program (00:50:09)

Presented by Anne Glick-Wildlife Viewing Section for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Shelly Plante-Nature Tourism Manager in the Marketing Group of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Randall Babb-Information and Education Program Manager, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Region VI. June 2016.

Wildlife viewing and nature tourism programs promote the protection of wildlife and habitat by connecting people to nature through education and outdoor recreation; inspire a new interest in wildlife conservation and an understanding of its relevance; and provide long-term social and economic benefits to individuals, local communities, and ecosystems, thereby promoting sustainable development and conservation of resources. Broader public interest translates to a stronger voice, new sources of funding, and a more informed public willing to support wildlife management.

But who are the wildlife viewers? What do they look like? What are they looking for? Is there any such thing as the typical birder? The answers may surprise you. Join us in this webinar on wildlife viewing to learn more about this interesting and important group.

YO CUENTO: Stories & Culture for Inclusion in Conservation (00:39:28)

Presented by Jose G. Gonzalez, M.Sc. (U.C.Davis, Sacramento State, and Univ. of Michigan)

Youth Mentored Hunting Programs (00:39:28)

Presented by Alisha Haken and Monica Harris (FWS) as they discuss partnerships and lessons learned from two perspectives. A well established program with over 30 years of history, to establishing a brand new program.

Youth Outdoor Skills Summer Camp and The Process of becoming a life long Participant (00:39:28)

Presented by Matt Dunfee, Wildlife Management Institute (Organizatonal Research w/State Agencies) and Lori Jones , Deep Fork NWR (Camp Program and Partners). Summer 2014.

Matt Dunfee with the Wildlife Management Institute will present the research their organization has been doing in conjunction with several State Agencies on Recruitment/Retention/Reactivation: Discussing the process a person goes through to become a lifelong participant in an activity. Matt will be followed by Lori Jones from Deep Fork NWR as she presents on the Youth Outdoor Skills Summer camp program and partners that were involved to make the camp a success.