Conserving Nongame Wildlife: 2010
Education & Outreach
Regional Education Centers
The Wildlife Resources Division is charged with promoting the conservation and wise use of Georgia’s natural resources. The division’s educational mission involves cultivating an appreciation and understanding of wildlife resources, fostering wise stewardship of these resources, and promoting safe and ethical natural resource-based recreation. Through its history, Wildlife Resources has educated the state’s youth and families to increase awareness, engagement and stewardship regarding Georgia’s habitats, wildlife and natural resources. As growth and development increasingly require stewardship and conservation, the need for wildlife education is paramount.
Wildlife Resources operates six regional education centers in partnership with local school systems, Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs), and other state and federal agencies to deliver wildlife-based education to students, adults and families. The centers include Charlie Elliott in Mansfield, Smithgall Woods in Helen, McDuffie in Dearing, Arrowhead in Rome, Grand Bay in Valdosta and Sapelo Island. About 48,000 students visited the centers in 2010, learning about conservation and wise use of natural and cultural resources through hands-on experiences. In addition, the Go Fish Education Center in Perry was prepped for a grand opening in October 2010.
Also during 2010, the Nongame Conservation Section provided more than $127,000 for staff salaries and programming at Smithgall Woods, McDuffie, Arrowhead and Grand Bay. Local cooperators also provided financial assistance to these centers.