During the month of February visitors to Bass Pro Shops at 4301 Legendary Drive in Destin will have the opportunity to send their children’s favorite teacher back-to-school.
All they have to do is stop by one of the store’s checkout counters and pick up a $2 donation card and fill out the nomination form on the back of the card.
A minimum of $1,800 must be raised to send a teacher and any funds collected over that amount will also be donated to the SCI/AWLS school.
One teacher from this area will be selected to attend a special Bass Pro Shops/Safari Club International Foundation’s “American Wilderness Leadership School” to be held July 15 – 22, 2009 in the beautiful Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson, Wyoming.
This accredited educational school provides educators with a positive, useful, hands-on experience that they can use in their local classroom to teach our students so they will grow up realizing the importance of the natural world around them.
The course also makes the teacher eligible for continuing education credit or advanced degree credit.
“I have always followed the Chinese Proverb: I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. By doing the activities in the field such as shooting sports, orienteering, Safari in a Box, Project WILD, Initiatives from EIEIO, and actually shocking fish in the Snake River, I understood their importance. My week at AWLS was an amazing experience and being able to share it with like-minded teachers from across the country made it even better.” – JG, Michigan.
“The shear magnitude of this experience has left an indelible mark on my mind and in my heart. During this trip, I learned a new philosophy, “It’s not the destination that determines the journey but, rather the journey itself.” It is a philosophy that I intend to use every day. This has and will continue to inspire me to double my efforts to get more teachers, more women and more children to experience programs like this.”” – GT, New York.
“AWLS was incredible, fantastic, amazing……..there just are not enough words to explain what a great experience it was. We learned so much and grew into a vibrant, enthusiastic community of teachers who will definitely pass on their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to their students, families and friends.” – AY, California.
“I can not say enough about how much I learned – not only about wildlife conservation, but also about being a teacher. I will be implementing several new units into my curriculum this year, and I look forward to using the information that I gained at AWLS to do so.” – KW, Ohio.
“The goals of the workshop not only covered environmental issues and conservation, but also included activities that foster teamwork, respect, morals and ethics, good sportsmanship, safety and wellness, and a genuine love and sense of nurture toward wildlife. The staff was first rate; we were welcomed and very well taken care of from the time we set foot off the plane to the time we stepped back onto it.” – PU, Pennsylvania.