Youth memberships are broken out into three categories: Greenwings are members age 11 and younger; Varsity members are age 12 through 17 and University ages 17 - 21. Regardless of age group, the annual youth membership is $15.
Greenwing & Varsity membership benefits include:
- DU membership card
- Greenwing or Varsity window decal
- 4 issues of the Puddler interactive online magazine and printed editions of the Puddler (age 11 and younger)
- 6 issues of Ducks Unlimited Magazine (ages 12-17)
Legacy Greenwing Program
For a one time contribution of $200, the Legacy Greenwing membership covers a youth's membership through age 17, plus his or her's adult membership through age 21. Each Legacy Greenwing receives a specially designed Legacy Greenwing lapel pin, plus all of the above listed Greenwing or Varsity membership benefits according to age group.
In addition, all of the monies raised through the Legacy Greenwing program in Arkansas are earmarked for an Arkansas Legacy Greenwing project on the breeding grounds in prairie Canada. Each youth's name is cast onto a bronze plaque erected on the site of the project. Photographs of the plaque and project are provided to the Legacy member when the project dedication is held.
Arkansas' seventh Legacy Greenwing project, the Elash FWDF Project located near Homefield, Saskatchewan, is a 150 acre project consisting of 110 acres of grassland, 40 acres of wetlands and 10 acres of native parkland. This project will honor Keith Futrell of Pocahontas, Arkansas, a long time DU volunteer who has been instrumental in the success of the Youth & Education activities in Arkansas. The project is located in one of the most productive waterfowl areas of North America. For a complete project description and Legacy Greenwing application, click here.
Arkansas Varsity Conservation Camp
In addition to nationwide youth membership programs from Ducks Unlimited, Arkansas Ducks Unlimited offers a unique conservation camp to teens age 15 to 17 each year. The camp is the only program of its kind in the United States and is open to a maximum of 18 teens from Arkansas. Teens are nominated by Ducks Unlimited volunteers through each of the 13 volunteer districts in the state to attend the four day camp. The camp is held at no cost to the teen in early February at Five Oaks Duck Lodge in Humphrey, Arkansas. For a great overview of the activities at the camp, click here.
To learn more about Greenwing , Varsity , Legacy Greenwing memberships and projects, Greenwing, Varsity and University events in your area, or how to nominate a teen for the Varsity Conservation Camp, contact Keith Futrell, State Youth and Education Chairman, at (870) 926-8446 or Keith.Futrell@Suddenlink.net or Arkansas Ducks Unlimited Regional Directors Bob Butler (501) 847-3888 or Tye Anderson (479) 280-1700.