5 Reasons to Enter this Year’s NWF Photo Contest

There are only two weeks left in the 42nd annual National Wildlife Photo Contest.  Enter your photos today before it’s too late!

Need convincing?  Here are five excellent reasons to enter today:

You could win thousands of dollars in cash and other prizes — including the $5,000 Grand Prize!

You can showcase your talent by sharing your photos online with family and friends and encouraging them to vote for you to win the coveted People’s Choice Award.

You can gain exposure for your photography. National Wildlife Federation has a large network of supporters.  By participating in our contest, your photos could be seen by thousands of people across the country.

Your photo could appear in our award-winning magazine, National Wildlife®, alongside photos taken by the world’s top professional photographers!

Your $20 entry fee goes to a good cause – as a donation that supports National Wildlife Federation’s work protecting America‘s treasured wildlife.

It’s fun taking photos, and it’s never been easier to enter our photo contest. So hurry, enter today before the July 16th deadline!

Hunters Needed for Manhattan-area Youth/Handicap Deer Hunt

Application deadline Aug. 1

The 10th Annual Youth/Handicap Assisted Deer Hunt is just three months away, and now is the time to sign up. The Riley County Fish and Game Association; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tuttle Creek Reservoir are seeking participants for the hunt, to be held Sept. 8 and 9.

Kansas youth 11 through 16 years old and Kansas residents with a certified disability are eligible to participate in this hunt. Participants will need a Kansas hunting license, a deer permit, and, if required by Kansas law, to take or have taken an approved hunter education course. Sponsoring agencies and associations can provide assistance meeting these requirements, including scholarships to help purchase licenses and permits. Rifles and/or ammunition can be provided, as well.

Each hunt participant will be paired with an experienced hunter who will serve as guide. Arrangements have been made with area lockers, where basic processing of harvested deer will be handled free of charge. Other items provided for this hunt include accessible hunting blinds, access to hunting property, hunter orange hats and vests, and transportation to the field.

Hunt participants will also be required to attend a firearm safety presentation and sight-in at the Fancy Creek Shooting Range at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 19.

Other groups and organizations contributing to this hunt include the Friends of Fancy Creek Range, Kansas City Chapter of Safari Club International, Kansas State Rifle Association, and the Tuttle Creek Lake Association.

For more information or an application, phone Steve Prockish at the Tuttle Creek Lake Corps of Engineers Office, 785-539-8511, ext. 3167, or email[email protected]. Applications will be accepted thru Aug. 1.

Kansans for Children in Nature

JOIN the Kansans for Children in Nature Today!  Kansas Kids are Our Future!

On April 13, 2009, former Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed Executive Order 09-02  creating the Kansas Coalition for Children in Nature (KCCN). The KCCN was formed to foster Kansas youth’s appreciation of the outdoors.

“Kansas is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and this coalition will work to make sure Kansas children experience all that our state has to offer,” Sebelius said. “Environmental education is the first step toward helping our children learn to protect and preserve our planet.”
The KCCN will promote outdoor learning experiences and environmental education for the young people of Kansas and provide ongoing support for these endeavors.
Subsequent to the signing of the Executive Order, Governor Mark Parkinson appointed conveners and outlined the tasks for the KCCN.
The conveners established three work groups to create plans addressing the outcomes of the identified Executive Order.

Environmental Education – formal learning experiences for children in a variety of settings.
Outdoor Experiences and Recreation – experiences that include play, recreation, exploration, etc.
Health – time and access to nature and relationships to children’s health.

The Plan was completed in the Fall of 2011 and subsequently endorsed by Governor Sam Brownback.  The name of the conveners was shortened to the Kansans for Children in Nature (KCN). 

The KCN Plan may be found at the website for the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education, the host site for the Kansans for Children in Nature information.  At this site can be found the following documents.
1)  The KCN Executive Order,
2)  The KCN Plan,
3)  Governor Brownback’s Endorsement letter, and
4)  The KCN Endorsement form for organizations.