Fish and Songbirds Define New Strategy for Youth in the Outdoors

Posted Thursday September 22, 2022 by wf_admin

For Immediate Release:

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White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to announce a renewed national partnership with the USDA Forest Service focused on the award-winning Art of Conservation programs.  Through the international Fish and Songbird Art programs, participating youth learn about nature and critical conservation needs for habitat and species recovery.  The partnership will focus on developing new environmental stewards using conservation arts to empower youth to participate in outdoor activities such as fishing and birding.

“I am grateful the U.S. Forest Service values youth and invests for their future. Our forests and grasslands are the heart and soul of America’s natural resources. Youth seldom realized their connection to the land and necessities of everyday life. Using art as the national language of conservation, this partnership builds awareness, appreciation, and the “I Can” spirit of the outdoors,” said Pat Conzemius, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever.

In addition to implementing the Art of Conservation Fish Art program, this year’s renewed partnership will also focus on growing the Songbird Art program launched in 2019. Through Forest Service Regional Office support, both programs will be promoted nationwide as free community youth programs.

“The Forest Service proudly supports The Art of Conservation programs and deeply values art as a unifier of people and culture. We’re proud to join Wildlife Forever and our joint commitment to building stewardship in our next generation”, said Kimberly Conley, Lead U.S. Forest Service Fisheries Program.

To learn more about The Art of Conservation Fish and Songbird art programs, visit

About the USDA Forest Service: The USDA Forest Service is a multi-use agency that manages 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

About The Art of Conservation®: Featuring two signature programs, The Songbird Art Contest™ and Fish Art Contest™, the Art of Conservation brand celebrates the arts as a cornerstone to conservation. For nearly 25 years, the Fish Art program has taught youth around the world about fish and aquatic conservation. The Songbird Art program, created in partnership with the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center, is focused on sharing the wonder and diversity of songbirds, as well as their conservation needs. Learn more at

About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s outdoor heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and scientific management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 96% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Join Today and learn more about the Art of Conservation® programs, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at