May 21st, 2013

The Service wants Friends input on Draft Environmental Strategy

The National Fish and Wildlife Service has released a Draft Strategy Plan for Improving Environmental Education for your review. The draft strategy for environmental education calls for a comprehensive inventory of program resources, staff and delivery methods as the first step in establishing national and field station goals for transforming more of America’s youth and families into America’s conservation stewards.  The draft strategy, developed by the Conserving the Future Interpretation & Environmental Education implementation team, is available Tuesday, May 14 for public comment on AmericasWildlife.org.  The comment period will end June 28. You may also e-mail your comments to conservingthefuture@fws.gov.

The plan emphasizes developing and providing online programs, including, for example, virtual field trips to wildlife refuges, even those not open to public visitation. The plan also explores connecting Refuge System staff to off-site classrooms by using such technology as Skype, interactive webcams and social media apps in an effort to maximize delivery modes. Among other recommendations:  improved evaluation methods, greater investments in training and professional development, and enhanced partner relationships.

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