Youth
The long term well-being of Florida’s wildlife requires exposing today’s youth to outdoors fun and the habitats and wildlife we have worked to maintain, then molding them into tomorrow’s conservationists. The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network does that but it requires working together.



Youth

Here’s the challenge: Make sure Florida’s fish and wildlife are protected and conserved for future generations by “Creating the Next Generation Who Cares”TM, and doing it now.

That is what the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network (FYCCN) is all about. To get today’s kids interested and excited about participating in traditional outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, camping, archery, watching wildlife and canoeing, kayaking, boating. If we don’t introduce these kids to the wonders of the wild outdoors, who will care enough about nature to make sure it is there for future generations?

Used to be a time when kids came home from school, threw down their books, changed into “play clothes” and raced out the back door. They stayed out there until dark climbing trees, exploring the woods, picking up bugs and catching lizards they hoped Mom would let them keep as pets.

On weekends parents might take them camping where on warm sunny days maybe they fished or swam, learned to canoe or shoot a bow and arrow. As the sun began to set, they would cook and eat the fish they caught earlier in the day. During the cooler months some of them learned to hunt; first squirrel, later deer. While they were hunting they watched the birds and other critters going about their business, while they waited patiently for their intended prey.

During this whole process kids learned to love and respect the outdoors. The connection and commitment they made with nature in their early years stayed with them throughout their lives.

Ahhh, those were the days. Those generations really cared.

But things have changed. While trees and fish and wildlife are still out there (thanks to those earlier generations) many kids

don’t rush outside after school anymore. Instead they rush to their computers and other electronic devices to play games or watch television. That does not bode well for the conservation of fish and wildlife.

Kids today are not really connecting to the natural world. It’s kind of like a poor cell signal: the air waves are there, but the call is not getting through because there aren’t enough towers where they need to be to carry the signal. The FYCCN is building those towers in the form of a statewide network of conservation centers partnering with existing recreational facilities located near where the kids live.

Experts within the network, both volunteer and professional, have teamed up to teach the kids how to safely enjoy the outdoor heritage we have worked so hard to protect. The network is making it possible, and even easy, for kids and their parents to learn, get excited about and participate in traditional outdoor recreational activities close to home, as well as deep in the woods. This network is stretching out all over the state. For example, the parks and recreation departments in many counties have already joined the team and offer activities like archery, fishing and wildlife watching. But the network needs more support to reach even further.

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is committed to supporting the FYCCN in its goal to preserve our state’s longstanding outdoor heritage. You can commit too. Learn more at the FYCCN’s website http://fyccn.org.

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The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. FEIN 59-3277808. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network




©2015 Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. FEIN 59-3277808. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.