Youth conservation centers network to focus on creating the next generation that cares
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Media contact: Doc Kokol, 850-488-9327
After more than a year of research and partnership
development, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) voted to launch the next phase of the Florida Youth
Conservation Centers Network. Once complete, the Network will
provide facilities where Florida children can gain experiences that
help develop conservation values and ethics and learn traditional
The Commission has received more than 60 responses
to its outreach for partners. The goal is to provide children
across Florida with opportunities to learn the values and skills
associated with fish and wildlife conservation, and introduce
lifelong activities such as hunting, fishing, bird-watching and
marksmanship, with an emphasis on safety and ethics.
"This enthusiastic response from our potential
partners is a clear example of the great work that can be done when
we combine efforts of public and private partners," said FWC
Chairman Rodney Barreto. "Research has shown that moving our
children away from the television set and video games into the
outdoors has a remarkably positive effect. Our Youth Conservation
Centers Network will provide children with new experiences and
opportunities to engage in a full range of exciting outdoor
Florida has a long and rich tradition of
conservation passed from generation to generation. The Network will
provide children with opportunities and experiences vital in
developing a solid conservation foundation and continuing our
tradition of valuing our wildlife and wild lands.
"There is no more precious resource than our
children," said Richard A. Corbett, FWC Vice Chairman. "This
network will provide our children with the opportunity to discover
the wonder of Florida's natural resources, abundant wildlife and
diverse habitats. As a result, our youth will be exposed to
traditional outdoor activities that encourage conservation values.
It's all about creating a next generation that appreciates the
importance of stepping away from today's technology-driven world,
even for a short time, to enjoy our environment."
For additional information about the Florida Youth
Conservation Centers Network, go to FYCCN.com.