|Teaching archery at the Sigma Conclave. Photo courtesy by Phi Beta Sigma|
I spent countless hours as a kid exploring national wildlife refuges with my three brothers while my dad worked. Those incredible opportunities left me determined to pursue a career in wildlife conservation – and fostered a lifelong love of the outdoors that I’ve passed on to my children.
More than four decades later, I’m in my dream job leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I doubt I’d be where I am if I hadn’t had those experiences as a kid.
But it’s troubling that some children don’t have access to the same types of experiences.
|Dan Ashe welcomes Phi Beta Sigma members. Photo by USFWS|
That’s why I am so proud of our work with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., to bring nature to young men of color.
The Service was a headlining sponsor of the Sigma’s “Conclave 2015: I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” and we worked hard at the Conclave to share the Service story with a sometimes-unfamiliar audience. I can tell you that we got as much out of this experience as we gave.
We’ve partnered with historically African American organizations Sigma and its sister organization Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in an effort to expand our engagement with African American families and children.
Studies show that kids who spend time in nature are healthier and happier, and have fewer issues in school.