American Wilderness Leadership School
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Direct questions regarding scholarships to:
621 Newman Rd.
or use this form to submit an inquiry:
Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed by the Novi Chapter Board of Directors at the next monthly Board Meeting. You will receive a written response regarding your sponsorship.
Please note - if the Novi Chapter declines to sponsor your attendance at AWLS, this does not prevent you from submitting the same application to another local Chapter to request sponsorship, or from paying for your own attendance costs if you still choose to attend.
Safari Club International (SCI) founded Safari Club International Conservation Fund (SCICF) in 1973 to preserve conservation education programs initiated by governmental agencies but later weakened by funding cuts. SCI stepped in to keep these vital conservation education programs alive, using the resources of its chapters throughout the world. As its focal point, SCICF developed the American Wilderness Leadership School (AWLS) in 1976 to reach out to students and teachers with the message that wise use of our natural resources is vital to the future of the country. In 1982, SCICF purchased the Granite Ranch, which lay southeast of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, within the Gros Ventre Wilderness area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The site, surrounded by more than eight million acres of public lands, was chosen not only because of its spectacular beauty, but also because its location contains all the elements and issues essential to the study of contemporary natural resource and management problems. The curriculum was designed to give maximum exposure to the many considerations affecting natural resource management, resource development and utilization, and planning on community and regional levels. The $500,000 Jim Conklin Lodge completed in 1987 assures a comfortable and modern dining hall, kitchen and sleeping facility. In 1996 the Joel Loveridge Classroom addition added 3,600 square feet for classroom, office space, foyer registration and indoor climbing wall activities. In 1989, SCI consolidated with SCICF, placing all of the educational programs previously operated by SCICF under control of the SCI Board.
Students attending AWLS are high school age. This particular age group was chosen with a dual objective: exposure to conservation or related vocational opportunities can come at a critical time when professional career options are being considered; and it is also the time when young adults of this age are becoming involved in school and community affairs as informed citizens. Students come from all over the world, sponsored by SCI's many chapters, corporations, sportsmen's clubs, environmental education groups, or parents and relatives. During the eight-day summer sessions, these young men and women encounter challenging experiences in the fields of wildlife, ecology, natural resource management, and conservation. Program experiences both in the classroom and on field trips into the surrounding wilderness areas and Teton National Park emphasize a conceptual understanding of natural resource issues. In utilizing a wilderness setting, students are exposed to the techniques and skills necessary to have a safe, enjoyable experience in the out-of-doors.
Teachers and other interested educators seeking outdoor education skills and techniques can obtain university graduate credit hours at AWLS. The teachers experience many of the same activities and instruction as the students, but also receive ideas for implementing conservation education programs in their schools and conducting workshops for teachers in cooperation with state SCI chapters during six 8-day sessions offered each summer. In addition, SCI provides follow-up assistance and resources for conducting student and teacher workshops at the local level.
SCI provides financial support for teacher workshops, outdoor education courses and college scholarships to AWLS graduates actively pursuing conservation related courses during their junior and senior years at colleges and universities. In addition, SCI sponsors the development and publication of an environmental respect manual.
Recognizing that habitat loss has the
greatest detrimental influences on wildlife, SCI has led the way
in creating wildlife habitat and re-establishing animals in areas
depleted by encroaching urbanization. Some of these projects
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