Safari Club International Foundation’s Sensory Safari to visit the 2009 Annual Hunters Convention

Safari Club International Foundation’s Sensory Safari to visit the 2009 Annual Hunters’ Convention

Safari Club International Foundation

Tucson, Arizona – Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF) will bring the Sensory Safari, its most interactive exhibition and one of its top education programs, to students of the Washoe County School District of Reno, Nevada throughout SCI’s 2009 Annual Hunters’ Convention. SCIF’s Sensory Safari Trailer is a hands-on mobile exhibition with specimens of the world’s most incredible animals for students to enjoy.

SCIF’s Sensory Safari exhibit will be stationed at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center’s north parking lot from January 21rd – 24th, 2009 from 10 AM. until 2 PM daily, weather permitting. All Washoe County School District principals will be offered an invitation for teachers and students to view the spectacular wildlife.

The hands-on learning experience is being delivered in a 45-foot Sensory Safari Trailer provided by SCI’s Redding Regional Chapter (California). The van contains over 30 taxidermy exhibits, including a fully mounted Grizzly Bear, shoulder mounts of various Springboks, Blesboks and Bushbucks along with Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Sable and Zebra rugs. Children are encouraged to touch and feel the animals so that they can better understand what these incredible animals are really like. The Sensory Safari creates the opportunity to approach big game animals and learn more about them through touch, particularly for children who are sight impaired.

“Bringing wildlife to America’s youth is one of the most effective ways of encouraging children to get outside and enjoy nature,” noted SCI President Merle Shepard.

“The Sensory Safari Exhibit is one of SCIF’s most effective wildlife education tools. It really is amazing to see how all children can experience wildlife in such a real and up-close setting,” added Ron Bartels, Co-Chairman of SCI’s Sensory Safari & Disabled Hunter programs.

The Redding Regional Chapter’s Sensory Safari Exhibit will also be on display at the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno on January 20th during the Sportsmen Against Hunger “Feed the Hungry Feast”. This annual event, supported through donated game meat, has helped feed thousands of hungry families in the Reno/Washoe County area in years past. The local Salvation Army Post in Reno is once again helping to coordinate this event.

If you are interested in learning more about the positive experiences had by youth around the country who have visited one of SCI’s Sensory Safari exhibits, please contact SCI Foundation’s Humanitarian Services Department, or your local SCI chapter.

SCI-First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s 187 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 18 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.

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