Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation, the leading provider of outdoor skill, safety and conservation curriculum to schools nationwide, hosts its annual Outdoors Adventure Cup sporting clays shooting competition Sept. 30 at the Dallas Gun Club.
The event supports OTF’s mission of promoting outdoor education and wildlife conservation in 705 middle and high schools nationwide, a number that is steadily increasing.
“It’s a day of clay shooting and camaraderie that helps young people across the country learn about outdoors safety and conservation,” said OTF Board Chair Kyle Shidler. “What could be more fun and more impactful?”
In addition to the shooting competition, the Outdoor Adventure Cup features live music, drinks and dinner, a silent auction, raffle and awards. Registration starts at 1 p.m., shooting flights begin at 2:30 p.m. with the dinner and celebration at 5 p.m. The Dallas Gun Club is at 3601 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville.
The event is presented by Park Cities Quail Coalition. Individual entry fee is $350, and there are a variety of team sponsorship opportunities.
Last year’s shoot raised almost $80,000 for the organization from over 250 participants. This year student volunteers from Alvord Independent School District will be on hand to help.
OTF’s Outdoor Adventures program is a fun, interactive course where students are taught lifelong skills using an integrated, 34-unit curriculum comprised of math, science, writing and critical thinking skills. The 290 detailed lesson plans cover angler education, archery, hunter education, boater education, orienteering, survival skills, camping, outdoor cooking, challenge courses, backpacking, mountain bike camping, paddle sports, rock climbing, shooting sports, CPR/first aid and fauna, flora and wilderness medicine. OA teachers can pick units specific to their region and local ecosystems.
Founded in 1981 in Dallas, Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation is a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For many schools, 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 P.E. course, local elective or with agricultural science and wildlife management.
The Outdoor Adventures education program is offered in 705 schools in 44 states nationwide with more than 75,000 students participating each year and 350,000 program graduates. Each OA student spends 180 hours learning outdoor education per year. The program has totaled 11 million classroom hours of outdoor education to date.
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Since 1981, the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation (OTF) has made its mission to teach outdoor education and promote wildlife conservation through the Outdoor Adventures program, currently in 705 schools across the country. The curriculum, impacting more than 350,000 students since it began, is accessed by 75,000 students annually in 44 states, including archery, shooting, fishing, camping, first aid, boater safety, hunter education, outdoor cooking and more. The OTF also provides grants for equipment, free workshops and teacher training and is accredited by state parks and wildlife commissions from each state. More info about Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation, and how to bring the Outdoor Adventure curriculum to a school near you, go to gootf.com.