The first Ducks Unlimited high school chapter fundraising event was held in 2003 at Collierville High School in Collierville, Tennessee. Ducks Unlimited began to promote the DU Varsity program on a national level in 2013; since then, the number of active chapters in the United States has increased steadily. In 2016, 53 chapters from 22 different states were responsible for raising more than $347,000 in event income for wetland conservation. DU Varsity volunteers have the opportunity to take part in the many leadership and networking opportunities the program provides in addition to supporting DU's mission and learning about conservation.
Today, Varsity chapters are playing an increasingly important role in Ducks Unlimited's conservation mission. DU recognizes that a vibrant and strong high school program is the key to a healthy future for wetlands conservation, and a strong emphasis will continue to be placed on the development of what has been a very successful program.
Varsity volunteers get involved for a variety of reasons including:
- Social functions that build community
- School pride
- DU merchandise
- Conservation education
- College resume building
- Networking and volunteer opportunities
- Leadership development
- National competitions with other DU Varsity chapters across the country
For additional information concerning the DU Varsity program, please contact Ducks Unlimited Manager of Youth & Education Programs, Mark Horobetz, at (901) 758-3892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.