b'SPONSOR FOR ANNUALWINGS OVER THE PRAIRIE FESTIVALWorlds Leader in Wetland & Waterfowl Conservation:14 million acres and countingDucks Unlimited Once AgainOne of the strongest DU youth initiatives is Ducks University, Raises Bar with New Campaign DUscollegiatechapterprogram.Thefirstuniversitychapter was formed in 1985 at the University of Texas at Austin. Since DucksUnlimitedunderstandstheimportanceofhabitatthenthecollegiateprogramhasgrowntomorethan100 conservation and leaving a legacy of skies filled with waterfowlchapters in 32 states.today, tomorrow and forever. Since its start in 1937, DU has conserved more than 13.6 million acres across North America,This past year Ducks University chapters raised more than $1.4 andwithhelpfromvolunteersofallages,thatnumberwillmillionforDUsconservationmission.Thesechaptersoffer continue to grow. students and their respective college or university the unique opportunity to learn the importance of habitat conservation in a DUsGreenwingprogrambeganinthe1970sandincludesfun setting that engages the entire community.members 11 years old and younger. The focus of the program istoprovideyouththeopportunitytolearnaboutwetlandStudents who volunteer for Ducks University chapters have the conservation and the outdoor world around them. More thanopportunity not only to learn about wetland con-servation but 100 Greenwing events are hosted across the country each yearalso to build relationships with other collegiate volunteers from by local DU volunteers and include such activities as kayaking,across the country and become a part of something bigger than archery, fishing, waterfowl identification and much more. Thethemselves. eventsincludeaGreenwingmembershipforeachyouthinJace Klein, DU chapter president at Iowa State University, was attendance valued at $15, in addition to food, games and prizes. involved with his university chapter for three-and-a-half years.TheDUVarsityprogramengageshighschoolstudentsinThebiggestskillsDUtaughtmeweretimemanagement, conservationeducationandencouragesthemtobecomecommunication, and organization, Klein said. There is a lot that goodstewardsbygivingbacktotheresourcethroughDUsgoes into a banquet. Simple things like keeping track of donors conservationmission.DUVarsityeventsraisemoneyforand contacts from year to year were key. I would say it definitely conserving, restoring and managing waterfowl habitat in Northprepared me for my job in that respect.America in a fun and educational atmosphere.High school students from across the country are volunteeringDU understands the importance of engaging youth. By giving to start Varsity chapters for many different reasons. J.T. Walsh,volunteers the resources they need, we can continue the legacy fromCharlotte,N.C.,helpedstarthisschoolschapterthreethat our fathers and grandfathers handed down to us: a love for years ago. DU, and a chance to ensure that future generations will have the same opportunities to enjoy this great resource, just as we I originally became involved because I had a lot of friends whohave. volunteered in the Raleigh area, so I tried to find a chapter nearFor more information on DUs youth programs please contact me, Walsh said. Id say it has also inspired me to stay involvedMarkHorobetzat901-758-3892ormhorobetz@ducks.org. andactivewithDU.IwillbeattendingNorthCarolinaStatearethefoundationofDUsfundraisingeffortsandprovide University this fall and I cant wait to join the DU chapter there.annual membership enrollment for hundreds of thousands of Communication skills, networking and managing a budget aresupporters. Good food, fun, prizes and a chance to join like-just a few of the things Ive learned through volunteering for DU. minded people in your community for a great cause: Its almost better than a duck hunt. J74 Stuttgart, Arkansas 2020 Official Sportsmans Guide'