The Ducks University chapter program began in 1985 at the University of Texas at Austin; since then, the number of active chapters in the United States has steadily increased. In 2016, 112 chapters from over 30 states were responsible for raising $2.3 million dollars in event income for wetland conservation. One new highlight of the Ducks University chapter program is "Third Term." Third term is an annual leadership summit held in August where college volunteers from across the country come to Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters to learn about conservation, leadership skills, and fundraising techniques.
Today, Ducks University chapters are playing an increasingly important role in Ducks Unlimited's conservation mission. DU recognizes that a vibrant and strong collegiate 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.
Ducks University volunteers get involved for a variety of reasons including:
- Social functions that build community
- School pride
- DU merchandise
- Conservation education
- Resume building
- Networking and volunteer opportunities
- Leadership development
- National competitions with other University chapters across the country
For additional information concerning the University program, please contact Ducks Unlimited Manager of Youth & Education Programs, Mark Horobetz, at (901) 758-3892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.