Tag Archive for 'youth'

Youth Target Shoot

Make plans to join us at our Johnson County, Kansas – Pheasants Forever Banquet on Thursday, March 7th 2013. If you’ve got a youngster who is interested in the shooting sports, you should also reserve a spot at our first annual Youth Shoot (free of charge) which we’ll hold on Saturday, May 4th at Powder Creek Shooting Park. Get more information on both events by clicking on the links above or by visiting the calendar of events page on our website.

Upcoming Annual Banquet

Make plans to join us at our Annual Pheasants Forever Banquet on Thursday, March 7th 2013 at the Ball Conference Center in Olathe, Kansas.

Your support furthers the organization’s efforts in the following ways: habitat projects, conservation activities and most of all for our chapter our youth education programs.

There are a number of ticket and sponsorship packages to choose from. You can find more information on our website by clicking here.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to sharing an evening of auctions, food and fellowship with you and your family.

Camp Wildwood

For the past could of years, the Johnson County Pheasants Forever chapter has supported camping opportunities for young people in our community. It all started when a teacher at a local elementary school told us about how the students at her school attend Camp Wildwood every year.

Camp Wildwood, an outdoor adventure camp in Eastern Kansas, caters to introducing students to the outdoors in fun, creative and challenging ways.

But  in order to support their programming, Camp Wildwood does have to charge campers a small fee to attend. That gets us back to that conversation with our teacher friend. It seems that a few of the young folks were having some trouble coming up with the funds to attend camp. And since getting youth interested in the outdoors is smack-dab in the middle of our mission, we didn’t hesitate to donate enough money so that ten additional children had the chance to attend camp with their friends.

In return, all we asked of the kids is that they wrote us a short letter, telling us what they liked best about camp. We think that you, like us, will get a kick out of some of the things they said… check back in a few days to read some of our favorite quotes!

Schoolyard Habitat Projects

When we think of wildlife habitat, images of rolling plains, lush meadows or dense woodlands often come to mind. But for chapters in urban communities like ours, it’s important to think creatively when it comes to improving the land, creating wild areas, and connecting young people with the outdoors. That creative thinking has taken us down a road that ends next to a brick building with a sign on it that reads “Saint Joseph Elementary School.”

This school in Shawnee, Kansas has agreed to partner with us to create our chapter’s first schoolyard habitat project.

Schoolyard habitat projects play a multitude of roles:

– Wildlife habitat springs forth from a space where there was once only dirt and some kentucky bluegrass

–  Subprime school lot land is transformed into a maintainence-free zone filled with grasses, flowers, insects, birds and other wild things

– Science classes can get outdoors and engage in hands-on learning

With a chapter focus on connecting young people with the outdoors, schoolyard habitat projects are a nice piece of our chapter’s community service puzzle. Children benefit, schools and teachers benefit, wildlife benefits, and as a chapter we get to put our stamp on a local project that we’re excited about.

Schoolyard habitat projects are a new and creative way  that we’re using the resources of time, talent and funding that folks like you donate to a very worthy cause.

Check back in a few weeks to see how the fruits of our labor are growing!

New Projects

Getting young people outdoors and thinking about conservation is at the heart of everything that we do in the Johnson County chapter. As a whole, Pheasants Forever calls itself “The Habitat Organization.”

We have discovered a way to combine those two missions in one exciting program. We are in the process of working with local schools to design and implement schoolyard habitat projects.

To many of us, this might seem like a new, strange concept, but when you think about it, most schools have land in ‘the back forty’ that goes mostly unused and undeveloped. These schoolyard habitat projects put that land to educational and environmental use.

As part of their science curriculum, students can plant, care for, and monitor the growth and development of their small patch of habitat. Once grasses and other plants start to grow, a host of birds, animals and insects quickly call this wild patch home – providing further opportunities for observation and learning.

In addition to providing a unique educational setting for it’s students, schools benefit from these innovative projects in that that parcel of land no longer has to be mowed and managed by the facilities department.

To learn more, or to connect us with a school who would be a good fit with this program, please email us.