Parsons Sculpture to be Available at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Banquets
Wichita, Kansas – -(TheOutdoorWire.com)- Pass It On-Outdoor Mentors announces the second sculpture in the Outdoor Mentor Series, a series of sculptures by noted wildlife artist John Parsons which feature a mentor and child enjoying various outdoor activities. “Girls' Day Out” will only be available through Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever banquets in the fall of '09 and the spring of '10 and will raise funds that help Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors find mentors for children who want to experience the great outdoors. The Outdoor Mentors Series is being underwritten by Federal Ammunition for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.
“Thanks to John's generous contribution to the Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors program, we have been able to spread the word about the need to get more kids outdoors and raise the financial resources we need to help make that happen,” stated Mike Christensen, President of Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. “The first sculpture in the series did real well and we're excited about “Girls' Day Out” too!” The first sculpture in the series, “Who's Huntin' Who” was featured at Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and Whitetails Unlimited banquets across the country last year.
“Girls' Day Out” showcases the excitement of a young girl with her first pheasant and the satisfaction of the mentor who helped make it happen. “Our mentors tell us they get just as much or more out of the mentoring relationship as the child does,” said Christensen, “This sculpture really brings that point across.” Christensen added that with the current economic situation, putting together the resources we need to expand the program is a challenge. “With Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and Federal Ammunition all stepping up to support the Outdoor Mentors Series for the coming year, we'll be able to continue to give kids a chance to experience the great outdoors we all know and love,” he said.
“Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are dedicated to working with our local chapters, member and conservation partners to provide opportunities for youth to be involved in outdoor activities,” said Cheryl Riley, Vice President of Education and Outreach for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, “We're proud to again team with Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors to offer a great piece of artwork for a great cause – connecting youth to the outdoors.”
Parsons' work is now featured in the John Parsons Signature Series in the Cabela's catalogs and stores. He was selected as Artist of the Year for the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep after only one year of sculpting. John was asked to produce artwork for the WaterWalk in Wichita, which now features his River Run, a sculpture of four white-tailed deer and Fighting Bucks, a deer trio locked in combat.
In November of 2008, Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors was endorsed by the National Forum on Children and Nature as one of 30 projects nationwide that creatively reconnect kids with nature, benefiting their overall health and appreciation for the great outdoors. Recognizing an urgent need to reconnect kids with nature, the Forum sought proposals from projects seeking endorsement-receiving 560 proposals. In a year-long process, advisory panels culled the best ideas for investment in children's health through nature, tapping the tools of education, technology and a community's built environment. As a demonstration project, Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. serves as an innovative model for community leaders, planners, educators and others who understand the importance of reconnecting children and nature and want to take concrete steps locally. To find out how you can help, please visit the Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors website (http://www.outdoormentors.org) for more information.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 130,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.