People hungry to learn need volunteers ready to teach

Learning how to teach outdoors skills, including proper shotgun techniques, demands some hands-on training with educators who know what works in communicating those skills. Pheasants Forever designed its ‘Focus on Forever’ conferences to offer volunteer teachers the chance to learn from highly respected outdoor innovators and instructors.

Whether you belong to one of the traditional hunter- or angler-based conservation organizations or one of the observation-oriented wildlife groups, or perhaps one of the outdoor-related groups that fall outside the umbrella, you all share one challenge.

That’s how to get more people involved, not just in your specific interest but in the outdoors in general.

Even the most passionate outdoor volunteers struggle when deciding how to increase awareness and participation.

The “Focus on Forever” conference June 7-9 in Estes Park is designed to teach individuals and groups how to teach and reach people effectively.

“Colorado is an amazing state with so many outdoor opportunities,” said Allison Kincaid, partnership coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “People are hungry to learn new skills and get outside but individual organizations may not have the ability to offer all of this training in one place for their staff, volunteers and board members.

“We all have a common mission and common goals. If we work together, if we share the same vision, we can help each other out.”

That doesn’t mean stop doing what you love; it’s learning how to improve your ability to share what you love.

“We really want to have diverse groups, with people interested in sharing their passion,” Kincaid said. “We’re looking for someone who wants to get out and teach.”

To that end, Kincaid said Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a few limited scholarships to the “Focus on Forever” conference.

The conference cost is $325 per person but Parks and Wildlife is offering a 50-percent match for organizations that can’t afford the entire fee.

An application for the matching fund scholarship is available from Kincaid at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 

“Beyond building skills, we’re excited to bring partner organizations together to network,” added Kincaid. “Participants will learn about programs being offered by other organizations and, we hope, get a chance to find new ways to team up for greater success.”


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