Outdoor adventure and classroom curriculum intersect at the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS). Led by Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF), AWLS teaches educators like Vincent Colombo how to use the outdoors as a classroom and incorporate ecological lessons into all aspects of curriculum.
During the eight-day workshop held just south of Jackson, Wyoming, Mr. Colombo learned about the science of conservation and the positive role of hunting plays in it. Participants shot firearms, studied stream ecology, got involved in class discussions, went on conservation hikes, and learned outdoor and survival skills. They networked with their fellow educators from throughout the country.
AWLS is presented by Safari Club International Foundation, that funds and manages worldwide programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoors education and humanitarian services. Workshops are sponsored by SCI Foundation, SCI Sables, SCI chapters , Hunter Legacy Fund, and corporate sponsors.
The week was packed with outdoor opportunities that can easily be incorporated into current classroom curriculums. Everything in nature is interconnected; now for the educators, so are the state standards and lessons about conservation in subjects like math, science, physical education, language arts, social studies and art.
Mr. Colombo also became certified as an instructor in the National Archery in the Schools Program. Mr. Colombo can now teach archery in a physical education class or as an after-school activity or club. Archery can be used as a teaching tool within subjects like physics to explain how an arrow flies or the world-wide history of the bow.
Written by Jillian Clemente
All photos credit to DeAnn Roggenkamp.