DALLAS – Feb. 15, 2022 – The leading provider of in-school outdoor education to schools nationwide – the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation – received $10,000 from the Northeast Chapter of the Dallas Safari Club to provide outdoors equipment to 10 schools in the northeast region including New York, New Jersey through to the state of Maine.
OTF’s Outdoor Adventures program is a fun, interactive course where students learn lifelong skills including angler education, archery, hunter education, boater education, orienteering, survival skills, camping, outdoor cooking, challenge courses, backpacking, mountain bike camping, paddle sports, rock climbing, shooting sports, CPR/first aid and fauna, flora and wilderness medicine.
The DSC chapter’s support will provide 10 schools a grant of $1,000 each to acquire archery, fishing and camp cooking equipment.
“The Outdoor Adventures classes enrich the lives of students in schools across the Northeast,” said Frank Herrick, president of the Dallas Safari Club Northeast Chapter. “It’s a privilege for our chapter to continue to provide equipment vital to the success of the program.”
“In the wake of COVID’s negative impact on schools, there’s never been a more important time for supporting outdoors education,” said OTF Executive Director Sean McLelland. “Thanks to the Dallas Safari Club Northeast Chapter more young men and women will be able to get outside and participate.”
OTF received the award Jan. 7 at the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention.
Founded in 1981 in Dallas, Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation is a public nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Schools pay just $1,000 for teachers to receive OTF’s Outdoor Adventures curriculum, training and ongoing support. For many schools, grant money offsets the cost, plus OTF offers matching funds for equipment as new schools join the program. The resulting classes can be taught as a P.E. course, local elective or with agricultural science and wildlife management.
The OTF’s Outdoor Adventures K-12 curriculum is currently in 768 schools in 44 states with more than 75,000 students enrolled in the program. There were more than 15,000 Hunter Education certifications earned in 2021 in Texas alone. To learn more about the OTF, go to www.GoOTF.com.