FWC, partners introduce foster children to outdoor activities

Mar 02, 15 FWC, partners introduce foster children to outdoor activities

Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition and Florida  Rep. Ben Albritton, hosted a youth event Friday for Florida’s foster children.

Over 60 children and their adult chaperones went fishing, hiking and practiced archery at the Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center outside of Tallahassee. They were also treated to dinner and an outdoor screening of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition’s award-winning documentary of their 1,000-mile journey in 2012 from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp.

FWC photo by Doc Kokol

“Every child should have the opportunity to experience the outdoors,” FWC Chairman Richard “Dick” Corbett said. “We appreciate the support from DCF and the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition in our effort to create the next generation that cares about Florida’s wildlife and natural resources.”

The FWC continues to work with partners and engage in events like this through its Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.

FWC photo by Doc Kokol

“It is a wonderful blessing to have Florida’s foster children connect with God’s creation,” said Albritton. “The FWC, DCF and the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are valuable partners in this effort to do the right thing for our youth and our natural resources.”

“We are so thankful to have FWC partner with us on this project,” said Jeanna Olson, Circuit 2 Community Development Administrator for DCF. “These camps provide foster youth an opportunity to experience fun and educational activities while teaching them valuable lessons about nature conservation,” she said.

“One key to keeping our environment pristine and protected is to involve children from a young age,” said Mallory Dimmitt, executive director of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. “We are lucky to have partners like the FWC and the youth centers network come together and bring our youth out into natural Florida to pique their curiosity early in their lives.”

To learn more about the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, visit MyFWC.com or FYCCN.com.

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