Magazine article National Wildlife

NWF Conservation Summits Celebrate 25 Years of Hands-On Nature Education

Magazine article National Wildlife

NWF Conservation Summits Celebrate 25 Years of Hands-On Nature Education

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Imagine meeting famed bird artist and field-guide pioneer Roger Tory Peterson and Ranger Rick at the same time. That's precisely what participants at this year's Rocky Mountain Summit had the opportunity to do. The occasion was the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of NWF's Conservation Summits, held last July at the YMCA of the Rockies - site of the first Conservation Summit in 1970.

The 350 NWF members who attended this year's event received a bonus: an opening-day program that featured photographs and a talk by the renowned Peterson and a special appearance by NWF's popular raccoon character, Ranger Rick. While adults flocked around Peterson, their children surrounded Rick.

Conservation Summits, NWF's outdoor classroom for both individuals and entire families, have offered a range of programs and activities for all age groups for the past 25 years. They were launched to provide NWF members with an opportunity to enhance their appreciation of nature and the environment through personal encounters with expert leading naturalists. Since 1970, more than 20,000 people have attended the week-long summer events.

At each Summit, adults and youths attend separate programs for most of the day, then rejoin as a family for late afternoon and evening sessions. At the Rocky Mountain Summit in July, programs included a variety of natural-history classes such as "Birding for Beginners" and "Butterflies of the Rockies," hikes and other field trips, nature arts and music workshops, environmental issues and educator courses.

Youngsters from ages 5-12 participated in a Junior Naturalist program, while teens enjoyed such activities as mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. …

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