EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Time is running out to submit applications for the 2008 National Wild Turkey Federation’s Educator of the Year program. The deadline to turn applications in to the Federation is June 1.
The award program, started in 2002, recognizes outstanding teachers who demonstrate innovative teaching techniques using educational conservation materials provided through the NWTF and their Wild About Turkey Education Box.
The education box provides teachers with materials that tell the story of the wild turkey’s restoration in an exciting and colorful way. The box is a scaled replica of the turkey transport box used by wildlife agencies, and contains teaching tools including a complete set of multi-curriculum lesson plans, a full-color bulletin board kit, an entertaining video and multimedia CD/ROM, a poster, reference materials and keepsakes for the students.
This year’s winner will receive a $500 grant to fund a conservation education project in his or her classroom the following year.
Last year’s winner, Tim Beaumont of Fort Wayne, Ind., said the education box helped make learning fun for his students at Covington Elementary School.
“I enjoyed everything about the education box,” said Beaumont. “It was nice to have options besides teaching from a textbook, and the NWTF helped make learning more hands-on for my students.”
According to NWTF National Education Director Christine Rolka, teaching America’s youth to appreciate the outdoors is vitally important.
“Our Educator of the Year program is just one way for us to show our gratitude to men and women who are teaching the next generation about the importance of wildlife conservation and America’s hunting heritage,” said Rolka.
Since 1999, NWTF local chapters have donated more than 25,000 Wild About Turkey Education Boxes.