Contact: Art DeLaurier, Jr., Ducks Unlimited Project Webfoot Coordinator, 901-758-3814 or John Etgen, Project WET VP Development and Partnerships, 406-994-5392
February 2, 2005 – Memphis, TN – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) today announced an education partnership to celebrate World Wetlands Day that will benefit water, wetlands, wildlife and people across North America.
The new partnership between the world leader in wetlands conservation (DU) and the U.S. leader in water and wetlands education (Project WET) harnesses the power of both organizations to educate more and more young people about the importance of wetlands and water resources. The partnership is also part of DU’s launch of its new continent-North American wide wetlands education program called Project Webfoot.
“Project WET has a proven track record of delivering outstanding water and wetlands education to K-12 students,” said DU Executive Vice President Don Young. “This partnership provides a solid foundation for Ducks Unlimited to build our Project Webfoot program. Education is critical to the future of wetlands, to which humankind’s own future is so closely tied.”
Project WET Executive Director Dennis Nelson is also excited about the partnership. “Ducks Unlimited is synonymous with wetlands conservation,” he said. “Water education is all about teaching students to think for themselves and understand that clean and plentiful water just doesn’t happen. It takes the efforts of countless people to make a difference.”
Project WET is active in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 14 other countries and is based in Bozeman, Montana. Project WET annually reaches thousands of K-12 teachers and millions of students with water education materials and programming.
DU has nearly 70,000 school-aged members in what it calls its Greenwing program and worked with its counterpart in Canada, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), to design a new wetlands education program for educators and students. DUC has another 38,000 Greenwing and student members actively involved in its education programs.
Art DeLaurier, Jr. is DU’s coordinator for Project Webfoot. “Having access to Project WET’s water education curriculum, wetlands education materials and training base in all 50 states is a real plus for us,” he said. “As the program grows, it will allow us to reach beyond the initial target of Project Webfoot—grades 4 through 6—to all students in all grades.”
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands – nature’s most productive ecosystems – and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.
Look for Ducks Unlimited on the World Wide Web at www.ducks.org and Project WET at www.projectwet.org. Tune in to The World of Ducks Unlimited Radio Network, and watch Ducks Unlimited Television on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).