"If we don't have kids that are interested in being outside, we're worried that when the become adults, just won't have any interest in wildlife or wild places. We believe that wildlife and wild places are really important to all of us," says Steve Chase, Chief of Education Outreach with the National Conservation Training Center.
Many organizations, like the National Conservation Training Center, are concerned about the growing disconnect between kids and the environment today. One program working to change that is Project WILD.
"Project a WILD is a program that allows teachers to take part in educational workshops and share information with their students. The workshops focus on wildlife and the environment, and how humans interrelate with each other," says Richard Alloway, (R) Pennsylvania Senator, serving the 33rd District.
Any teacher can participate--but more importantly, program leaders say anyone can be a teacher.
"I think one of the biggest environmentalists out there are sportsmen, hunters and fisherman who care about the outdoors. I think that it's incumbent upon us to impart that to our children," says Senator Alloway.
The National Conservation Training Center constantly works to keep kids engaged with activities outside like fishing, photography, and hunting. Now they're focused on the future.
"To ensure that our grandchildren can still go outside and look at wildlife and be able to hike or paddle in wild places," says Chase.
Wild places will become concrete jungles if not conserved.
Project WILD is a state-run program, that began out west and is now sponsored throughout the entire country.