Pheasants Forever has named Rose Corby of Haysville, Kansas, as the organization's first-ever Youth Education Coordinator in the state. Corby will be working with the 40 Pheasants Forever chapters and 11 Quail Forever chapters in the state, as well as other conservation organizations, to recruit and increase youth participation in upland hunting and other outdoor activities.
Funding for the new position was made possible by a collective effort that included Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Pass It On! Outdoor Mentors, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
"We are excited to create this special partnership in Kansas," says Cheryl Riley, vice president of education and outreach at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. "Rose will be instrumental in bringing together conservation organizations throughout Kansas to involve young people from diverse backgrounds in a wide variety of outdoor activities. Only by getting families engaged can we hope to develop the next generation of conservationists."
Corby has been active in the Kansas Hunter Education Program for 12 years, and she was named the 2010 "Kansas Hunter Education Instructor of the Year." She organized instructor workshops and hunter education classes and was successful in establishing accredited Hunter Education Instructor courses at Wichita State University and Kansas State University.
"I am looking forward to increasing the number of youths participating in existing outdoor events and through the collaboration of the various organizations involved we can expect to see a tremendous growth not only in attendance of our youths but the number of events available throughout the state of Kansas," says Rose Corby, "It is through programs such as 'Pass It On', 'No Child Left Indoors', and the Leopold Education Project that we can provide excellent opportunities to educate our youths about the value of nature and the role that sportsmen play in conserving our wildlife and their natural habitat."
Corby is a recent graduate of Wichita State University. She will be working from her home in Haysville and can be contacted at 316-209-8118 or Email Rose.
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.