While doing my final research on Utah’s Online Library, because my topic is rather peculiar/specific, only 6 articles/resources appeared. The National Wildlife Federation kicked off Wildlife Nation. It is used as a way to reach kids and their parents through social media and inspire them to explore the outdoors. It is a collaborative site that allows people in the local area to share information and ideas of exploration of the outdoors. ‘ “It’s about making a space where people can connect and become part of something bigger and more powerful than themselves, and today the best way is through social media,” Lentz [director of education and conservation programs at NWF’s Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan] says. “We want people to have a sense of belonging and camaraderie in shaping outdoor experiences and lore about wildlife while helping to create the next generation of conservationists.” ‘. Wildlife Nation is a perfect example of how social media can inspire outdoor awareness and recreation, especially in youth. This site creates an arena in which youth from all over the country (and potentially the world) can collaborate, share tips, ideas, and inspire one another. The other great option that this program provides is the opportunity to create focus and awareness groups, or just to meet new people and experience the outdoors together.
Sites and other social media like National Wildlife display how we can use modern technology to our advantage to spark interest in youth and motivate them to experience nature to its fullest extent.
SHARP, ERIC. “Networking for Wildlife.” National Wildlife (World Edition), vol. 52, no. 3, Apr/May2014, pp. 12-14. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=95129477&site=ehost-live.