For information about our educational youth programs, contact our Youth Educator, Heath Moss.
The working motto of Pheasants Forever volunteers is "No Child Left Indoors." Our efforts are inspired by two seminal works of writing in the conservation world - A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold, and Richard Louvís book Last Child in the Woods. Published in 1949, a year after his death, Leopold describes a concept he called a "land ethic." In fact, Aldo Leopold is considered to be the father of the modern conservation movement. Richard Louv is a contemporary writer whose research illuminates a disturbing increase of behavior disorders, autism, and childhood obesity linked to our youth spending less and less time outdoors. Keeping these concepts in mind, PF volunteers work to instill a love for the outdoors grounded in ethics and respect.
Chapter 728 held it's first mentored youth hunt in October of 2007 with 11 kids. Participation grew each year, and by October of 2011 we expanded to two hunts, a trap shooting event, and hosted 50 young hunters! These events are completely free for the participants. They include mentored hunts over trained dogs, lunch, PF merchandise, and a one-year membership to PF's youth organization, Ringnecks.