The Facts about Outdoor Adventures (OA)
The Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation engaged Responsive Management, a premier survey analysis company, to conduct a research study involving a representative sample of 4,957 students. The 2013 survey results definitively and quantitatively support what OA students report.
“I have learned more about the outdoors in the first six weeks than I have learned my whole life,” said a student of Stone Middle School.
The survey rating for each of the 10 overall sporting unit program elements and the OA in general proved the OA program to be highly popular with 90% of the respondents. A whopping 92% of students responded that the OA prepared them to hunt, fish, shoot, camp, or go boating on their own or with a family member. Over 90% learned “a lot” or “a little” about wildlife management, ethics, values and wilderness stewardship.
More importantly, pre- and post-program survey comparisons indicated a positive shift from “good” to “excellent” when students were asked to rate their ability to participate in sports or physical activities, to develop friendships with other students, to maintain good relationships with their teachers, to stay out of trouble, and to get good grades.
The retail outdoor industry will be thrilled to learn that the survey indicated a marked increase in all types of equipment purchased post-program.
“The material covered in Outdoor Adventures cannot be found in any other class. It gives students a different view on the outdoors and teaches them how important the world around them really is”
~ Said a student of Arlington Martin High School
The Facts about Indoor Archery - National Archery in Schools Program
Occasionally, a school district administration will have some specific questions about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s National Archery in Schools Program. The program is very popular with students. The following information is from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help answer some potential questions:
The Facts about Hunter Education
Occasionally, a school district administration will have some specific questions about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Hunter Education unit. The following information is from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help answer some potential questions:
While the Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation encourages the Hunter Education unit to be included in all of their OA programs, once a school district purchases a curriculum, it is the school administration’s option to choose the units of instruction their school will include in their OA courses.