To guarantee that schools can continue to receive funding from the Department of Education for archery and hunter safety education programs, Congress and the Biden Administration should work swiftly and bipartisanly to alter the language of the Bpartisan Safer Communities Act. According to studies, encouraging children to enjoy nature through a variety of outdoor schooling classes helps to enhance physical and mental health and develop the next generation of conservationists.
“For decades, hunter education programs in schools have taught students about wildlife management, firearm and archery safety, wilderness survival skills, and conservation. Perhaps most importantly, these programs instill in children a deep respect and appreciation for wildlife and the great outdoors,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “When Congress returns in September, both chambers should move quickly to pass a bipartisan, durable solution so these important enrichment programs can continue to receive funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”