Non-Profit Provider ofOutdoor Skill, Safety and Conservation Curriculum
to Schools Grows From 418Campuses to Over 800
DALLAS – Oct. 2, 2018 –The leading provider of outdoor skill, safety and conservation curriculumto schools nationwide—the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation—willmore than double the number of campuses and students it impacts in2020.
Currently, teachers at 418 schools in 29states use OTF’s Outdoor Adventures curriculum to educate 40,000middle- and high-schoolers on a wide range of important outdoor skills,safety and conservation topics. By the end of 2020, OTF material will be in800 schools reaching 80,000 students annually.
“The picture of today’stypical teen is sitting inside with a face buried in a screen,” saidOTF Executive Director Sean McLelland. “But with our curriculum,teachers are changing that, getting teens outside, savvy about safety andconservation and excited to engage the great outdoors.”
The Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation willpropel this growth as a result of nationwide support from like-mindedconservation groups and strategic expansion in public and privateschools.
Founded in 1981 in Dallas, OutdoorsTomorrow Foundation is a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Schoolspay just $1,000 for teachers to receive OTF’s Outdoor Adventurescurriculum, training and ongoing support. For many schools, grant moneyoffsets the cost, plus OTF offers matching funds for equipment as newschools join the program. The resulting classes can be taught as a P.E.course, local elective or with agricultural science and wildlifemanagement.
The detailed lesson plans cover anglereducation, archery, hunter education, boater education, orienteering,survival skills, camping, outdoor cooking, challenge course, backpacking,mountain bike camping, paddle sports, rock climbing, shooting sports,CPR/first aid and fauna, flora and wilderness medicine.
“Outdoor Adventures (OA) is not yourtraditional P.E. course or elective,” McLelland said. “We haveresearch to support improved attitudes, discipline, social skills andattendance associated with OA. Some schools report a 30 percent increase inP.E. enrollment with OA. Students love the class and schools usuallyhave a waiting list for it.”
The impact of the curriculum canbe life-changing . . . and life-saving.
Middle-schooler Isabella Ferreri put theCPR skills she learned in Outdoor Adventures to use when a 5-year-oldneighbor girl fell in a backyard pool and was unconscious and notbreathing. Isabella’s quick CPR action saved the girl’slife.
Teachers deploy OTF curriculum ininnovative and engaging ways.
Lloyd Love at Memorial High School inPasadena, Texas, an OTF Teacher of the Year, converted an unused metalgarage on campus into a archery range complete with realistic 3-D targetstowed between fake foliage to simulate a real natureexperience.
A wide range of outdoor-related businessesand organizations—and individuals—support OTF, includingCabela’s Outdoor Fund, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Midway USAFoundation and Dallas Safari Club Foundation, among manyothers.
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