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Giving Everyone the Opportunity to Enjoy Mother Nature

As Richard Louv said, in Last Child in the Woods, “Many children are experiencing nature deficit disorder.” We are addressing this with youth outdoor education opportunities.

WBWF provides outdoor education experiences that range from camping and land projects to hunting, fishing, and much more in an effort to expose everyone to the endless opportunities to enjoy Mother Nature.  Our hope is in some small way we reach some people so that they will grow to care about the environment and pass on these values to others.

The slideshow below contains photos from visits to Southwest Virginia schools in Smyth County,  Washington County, Buchanan, Tazewell County, City of Bristol, Lee and Russell. More photos will be added in the coming weeks as our educator travels around the region.

Principals in Tidewater and Northern Virginia! Contact us to arrange a time to visit your school beginning in 2020. Contact us at 434-476-7038.

Mentor/Role Model Program

Tabitha Burton, Executive Director of the WBWF, teamed up with Angela Townes-Yancey, Executive Director of the Mentor/Role Model Program to bring the Family Fishing Daytrip to over 40 youth and adults on June 6, 2018. Naturalist Mike Roberts presented a wildlife program after which the participants were treated to fishing in a nearby pond. Many of these children have never fished before, but they left this event equipped for many future fishing trips. The WBWF gave each child their own tackle box filled with tackle and a fishing rod.

Adventure Camp

Mike Roberts, Naturalist and Outreach Coordinator for the WBWF treated youth attending Adventure Camp to an outstanding wildlife program. The event was sponsored by Halifax Soil and Water Conservation District and Southside Soil and Water Conservation District and held on June 12, 2019. Eighteen youth attended and were shown many examples of wildlife including live snakes. Mike led them on a trail through the woods showing them examples of things to avoid such as poisonous hemlock.

Biggy Hunt Camp-out Jamboree

On June 26, 2018, Naturalist Mike Roberts visited the Biggy Hunt Camp-out Jamboree and presented his wildlife program to 70 youth and adults. Mac and Brenda McDannald hosted the camp. Mike's wildlife conservation education program consists of many life size models that the audience can touch and see up-close. Two examples are his "stuffed" coyote and otter. He also has live snakes, one of which is a timber rattler. Mike has many years of experience educating youth about the wonders of nature.

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