National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's <i>America's Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists</i>

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President Obama launched the America's Great Outdoors Initiative in 2010 to re-connect communities to the nation's public lands. The goal of the Initiative is to foster a conservation and recreation ethic that supports our shared natural heritage.

Recognizing the importance of engaging and training young people as stewards of these valuable natural resources, the Initiative specifically called for expanding outdoor job and volunteer opportunities for youth on BLM lands and in national parks, forests, grasslands, and wildlife refuges.

As part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative, NFWF launched Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, a competitive matching grant conservation program, in December 2011. Its goal is to provide support for innovative job opportunities that expose young people, particularly urban and underserved youth who are increasingly disconnected from the outdoors, to the natural world and career opportunities in conservation. Competitive projects are being developed in coordination or partnership;the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and will benefit the missions of the agencies.

Funding priorities for this program include:

  • Providing paid internships or jobs in the outdoors to underserved urban, rural, and tribal youth
  • Increasing mentorship, training, and education opportunities for youth with natural resource professionals
  • Hands-on implementation of habitat restoration, stewardship, monitoring, and other conservation-related activities
  • Delivering meaningful conservation outcomes that benefit the land, facilities, programs or mission of BLM and/or Reclamation
  • Projects that align with a NFWF Conservation Program
  • This conservation program is a partnership between NFWF, the Bureau of Land Managament, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

    Before applying, refer to the most current Request for Proposals to view Geograpic Focus.

    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation
    Topic Areas: 
    Outdoor Recreation
    Target Audience: 
    Citizen and Youth Groups
    Grades Pre K-12
    Higher Education
    Geographic Location: 
    Outside Minnesota
    All Minnesota
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    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    Claire Thorp
    Assistant Director, Southwestern Partnership Office
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    Phone: 415-243-3104

    Amy Sjerven
    Human Resources Program Management
    U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
    Phone: 303-445-2849