News & Events

Bass Pro Shops Renews Title Sponsorship of State-Fish Art Contest

White Bear Lake, MN– Wildlife Forever is delighted to announce to all participants, educators, partners and fans of the State-Fish Art Program that Bass Pro Shops has renewed as Title Sponsor of the 2020 State-Fish Art Contest.  Since 1999, the State-Fish Art program has engaged tens of thousands of students in aquatic education through science… Read More »

Minnesota Governor Walz Opens Pheasant Season in Austin

White Bear Lake, MN – On Saturday, October 12th, Governor Tim Walz will declare the 2019 pheasant hunting season opener in Austin, Minnesota. Celebrating with the MN DNR, MN Department of Tourism and local community, Wildlife Forever and conservation partners know the value hunting brings to MN. #OnlyInMinnesota “Austin is a sportsmen’s paradise with ample… Read More »

State-Fish Art Contest Season Opens

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN –Wildlife Forever’s 2020 State-Fish Art Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, is open and now accepting entries. This international contest is free to enter for all youth in Grades K-12. Students across the world have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors,… Read More »

Prairie to the People™ Program Supports Monarch Butterflies

White Bear Lake, MN –Wildlife Forever recently took another step forward in the development and implementation of a new program called, Prairie to the People™. On the grounds of its headquarters, staff and volunteers removed non-native landscaping and planted native prairie flowers and grasses. Over the course of two months, this project has hatched over… Read More »

Wildlife Forever Receives Award for Wild Spotter Program

White Bear Lake, MN –  Wild Spotter is a Nationwide program developed in partnership with Wildlife Forever, the U.S. Forest Service and University of Georgia.  The free program and mobile app engages and empowers the public to help find, map and prevent invasive species and has now received an award of excellence from the Southern… Read More »

State-Fish Art Contest Welcomes Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation as Newest Sponsor

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. – Wildlife Forever is proud to recognize the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for its support of the 2020 State-Fish Art Contest. By teaching the Art of Conservation®, this new partnership promises to hook youth into fish and fishing. In recognition of this partnership, Wildlife Forever announces a new award category in… Read More »

Can Kids Save Our Fish And Wildlife?

Remember the story from Shel Silverstein, “The Giving Tree”? It’s a classic childhood story, inspiring the importance of giving back. The tree provided fruit, limbs for building a house and lastly, her trunk for a boat. In the end, all that was left was  stump. The tree was tapped out. Today, the future of fish… Read More »

Wildlife Forever Recognizes USDA Forest Service for Supporting State-Fish Art

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN- Wildlife Forever is proud to recognize the USDA Forest Service for their growing support of the State-Fish Art Contest at the 2019 EXPO. By teaching youth, the Art of Conservation, the national partnership reaches thousands of youth each year and is used by schools as a gateway activity and program to encourage… Read More »

Ella Park Chosen as State-Fish Art People’s Choice Award Winner

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN- Ella Park, a talented 9th grader from California, is honored on the FLW stage by Pat Conzemius, Wildlife Forever President and CEO alongside Jessica Hayes from Title Sponsor, Bass Pro Shops.   The people’s choice award is selected by the public from over 100 first-place entries. The 2019 State-Fish Art EXPO was held during… Read More »

Wildlife Forever Announces New Director, Ray Gamradt of Palmer Alaska

White Bear Lake, MN– Wildlife forever is pleased to welcome Ray Gamradt, of Palmer, Alaska, to the Wildlife Forever Board Directors. A native of Missoula, Montana, Ray is an accomplished wildlife artist, hunter and angler with a passion for inspiring the next generation of conservationists.  His artwork has been featured in the Art for Alaska’s… Read More »

Wildlife Forever and Bent Paddle Brewing Host Free Crawfish Boil to raise Awareness of Invasive Species

  White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever, in partnership with Bent Paddle Brewing Co., present the first annual Tails & Ales Crawfish Boil and fundraiser to help raise awarenss about invasive species. The event will be held at Bent Paddle Brewery in Duluth, MN on Saturday August 3rd from 4pm-8pm. Wildlife Forever, coordinators of… Read More »

Julia Luger Joins Wildlife Forever as new Education and Communication Director

White Bear Lake, MN –  Wildlife Forever is proud to announce Julia Luger, of El Portal, California, as its new Education and Communication Director. Luger brings extensive knowledge of Environmental Education and communication talent after having recently served as an Environmental Science Educator for Nature Bridge working in Yosemite National Park. As a native to… Read More »

Invasive Species: Stealing Your Access

It’s like a scene from a Hollywood movie: Silent invaders slip in undetected, leaving a wake of destruction. Have invasive species invaded your favorite fishing or hunting spot? Chances are you’re impacted by them whether you’re aware or not. They’ve invaded public waters, wilderness areas, national parks, forests, refuges and backyards. Invasive plants, animals and pathogens… Read More »

Wildlife Forever Unvelis the Clean Drain Dry Invasive Species Rapid Response Kit

For Immediate Release: Contact: Dane Huinker: DHuinker@WildlifeForever.org White Bear Lake, MN –  “The aliens have landed…, now what?”  Wildlife Forever, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, unveil the new Clean Drain Dry Rapid Response Communication Kit to help communities with invasive species. Informing the public is critical in slowing the spread and the ready-made communication tools are designed… Read More »

The State-Fish Art Contest Makes for a Great Summer Activity!

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – School is out and youth across the country are enjoying long summer days and time outdoors. The State-Fish Art Contest, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, is a great hands-on activity to teach the joys of fishing and lessons of aquatic conservation. The free program provides a structured activity guide and… Read More »

USDA Forest Service Renews Support for the Art of Conservation: State-Fish Art Contest

WHITE BEAR LAKE, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to recognize the USDA Forest Service for their renewed and growing support of the State-Fish Art Contest. By teaching youth the Art of Conservation, the national partnership reaches thousands of youth each year and is used by schools as a gateway activity and program to encourage… Read More »

Governor Walz Proclaims: Clean Drain Dry Dry!

Press Release Governor Walz Proclaims: Clean Drain Dry Day! For Immediate Release May 11, 2019 To celebrate Minnesota’s fishing opener, Governor Tim Walz declares, Clean Drain Dry Day spotlighting invasive species and how all boaters and anglers can help preserve a robust fishing pastime and state economy. Home to 1.4 million anglers, fishing in Minnesota… Read More »

Fighting Back Against Great Lakes Invasive Species

For Immediate Release White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever has taken another innovative step towards fighting the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes by donating a watercraft cleaning station to the City of Duluth. Located within the St. Louis River estuary, the access at Munger Landing was recently outfitted with a CD3… Read More »

Support the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

On behalf of the millions of hunters, anglers, shooters, and outdoor enthusiasts that our organizations represent, we write to express our strong support for the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647), sponsored by Representatives Jeff Fortenberry and Debbie Dingell.

New Report Spotlights National Invasive Species Campaign

For Immediate Release Brooklyn Center, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the release of the Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ annual accomplishment report. Working in tandem with state and federal agencies, local governments, universities, lake associations and the outdoor industry, national  invasive species prevention messaging generated over 130 million outreach impressions. “This report showcases the… Read More »