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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 friends conference

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

2010 Southeast Region

Friends Conference

Connecting People with Nature – Southern Style


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

Who should we connect?

All Southeast Region FWS Employees

Friends & Volunteers

Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers

Educators – formal and informal

Children

Partners – Traditional and New!


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

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?


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

What’s Happening in our Region ?

  • ConnectingPeople with Nature (CPN) Executive Team

  • CPN Annual Plan

  • State Ambassadors

  • State Champions


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

Regional Goals

Inreach

Health connection

Social Media

Partnerships

Outreach

Environmental Education

Youth Conservation


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

Animal Olympics

Flap your arms and migrate like a monarch butterfly – or – jump like a frog and see how far you can travel in 5 hops.


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

St. Marks NWR – Ideas to Share

-Host a Wildlife Heritage & Outdoors-type festival with partners

-Add pre-school focus “Tots on Trails”

-Add Families

in Nature programming

-Loaner optics, cameras, GPS units

What works to get

Families outdoors in

your area?


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

More Ideas

  • Add Senior Focus

  • Partner with health organizations

  • Partner with schools

  • Join your statewide organization


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

Start a Photo Club!

Digital cameras connect

people to the outdoor world.

They expand our view of

wildlife and wild places.


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

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


U s fish wildlife service 2010 southeast region friends conference

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!

THANK YOU!


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