Friday, October 30, 2015

Young Writers and Educators in Oklahoma Can Win Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor adventure trips are the prizes that will be awarded to the four youths who write the winning essays or short stories in the 2015 Creative Writing  Competition, co-sponsored by Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
A boy and a girl from each of the two age divisions (ages 11-14 and ages 15-17) will be chosen as the winning writers. Essays no longer than 500 words or short stories no longer than 1,000 words must be based on one of two themes:
Hunting: Sharing the Heritage.
Archery: What I Like About Archery in the Schools and Bowhunting.  
This writing contest is an ideal way for youths to show their love for the outdoors and, in the process, possibly win a vacation in the great outdoors, said Colin Berg, education supervisor for the Wildlife Department.
"The tradition of hunting runs deep in Oklahoma," he said. "Each year, when I review the youth essay submissions, I'm reminded about how important it is to pass along our heritage of hunting."
Contestants must be currently enrolled in any Oklahoma school or must be homeschool students, and must have successfully completed an Oklahoma Hunter Education course by the entry deadline, which is Nov. 13, 2015.
The four statewide winners and their legal guardians will be invited to Oklahoma City to attend an awards ceremony in March. In addition, the top 25 essay or story writers will receive a one-year youth membership to Safari Club International. The winning essays or stories will be published in "Safari Trails," the chapter's newsletter, which qualifies the winning entries for the Outdoor Writers Association of America Youth Writing Contest. Several past national winners have come from Oklahoma. Essays may also be printed in "Outdoor Oklahoma," the official Wildlife Department magazine.
The junior division winners will each get to choose either a hunting trip to the Chain Ranch to hunt for a hog or ram, or a scholarship to the Outdoor Texas Camp for hunting during summer of 2016. The senior division winners will each win a guided antelope hunt in the Texas Panhandle. The Oklahoma Station Chapter will reimburse travel expenses to Texas up to $500 per winner.
For complete details, check out the 2015 Creative Writing Competition page on the Wildlife Department's website, www.wildlifedepartment.com.

2015 Conservation Education Scholarship for Educators
Educators also have a chance to enter and win an outdoor adventure. Two educators will be awarded a scholarship to an eight-day conservation education school at Safari Club International's American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) at Granite Ranch near Jackson, Wyo. The AWLS program covers many aspects of conservation education.
Lodging, meals and training materials will be provided by Oklahoma Station Chapter Safari Club International. Transportation to Jackson, Wyo., will be covered by the Wildlife Department.
Educator applications are judged in several categories including:
Training in conservation education or environmental education programs.
Current programs with a conservation and environmental emphasis that the educator conducts in the school and community.
Past programs with a conservation and environmental emphasis that the educator has conducted.
Teachers of state winners in the youth writing contest, Hunting: Sharing the Heritage, will receive priority consideration.
For complete details, check out the 2015 Conservation Education Scholarship for Educators page on the Wildlife Department's website, www.wildlifedepartment.com.
Essays and applications must be postmarked no later than Nov. 13, 2015, or delivered by Nov. 13 in person to the Department of Wildlife's Jenks Office at 201 Aquarium Drive, Jenks. Address entries to Essay Contest, Attn: Education Section Supervisor, ODWC Jenks Office, P.O. Box 1201, Jenks, OK 74037. Fax entries will not be accepted.