U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 2010 Southeast Region Friends Conference. Connecting People with Nature – Southern Style. Who should we connect?. All Southeast Region FWS Employees Friends & Volunteers Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers Educators – formal and informal Children
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
2010 Southeast Region
Connecting People with Nature – Southern Style
Who should we connect?
All Southeast Region FWS Employees
Friends & Volunteers
Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers
Educators – formal and informal
Partners – Traditional and New!
The South is Changing
The south is projected to receive 52% of the U.S. net growth between 2000 and 2030.
Three of the largest and fastest growing states are in the south – Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
By 2030, 9 of the 10 Southeastern states in our Region will exceed the current Florida percentage of people 65 years and older.
Eighty percent of the U.S. population now lives in urban or suburban areas. How do they recreate in the outdoors?
What’s Happening in our Region ?
Flap your arms and migrate like a monarch butterfly – or – jump like a frog and see how far you can travel in 5 hops.
St. Marks NWR – Ideas to Share
-Host a Wildlife Heritage & Outdoors-type festival with partners
-Add pre-school focus “Tots on Trails”
in Nature programming
-Loaner optics, cameras, GPS units
What works to get
Families outdoors in
Start a Photo Club!
Digital cameras connect
people to the outdoor world.
They expand our view of
wildlife and wild places.
St. Marks Refuge Association helps:
•Provide funding source to the biological and educational programs at refuge.
•Funded initial EE position & now summer EE support
•Offers grant support and matching funds
•Recruit members and volunteers to run programs
•Transportation scholarships for groups to refuge
• Support family programs and special events – e.g., Coastal Cleanup, Monarch Butterfly Festival, WHO Festival
Creative Projects with Friends
Adopt-a-School, Fishing Clinics, fund teacher workshops, Junior Friends group, Junior Explorer Club, Healthy Kids Club, Earth Caching, Shutterbug Pals, brown paper
bag art contest, translate web pages, auctions, raffles, Junior Ranger Programs, map invasive plants, video for doctors, and more!