SHERMAN, TX -- St. Mary’s Catholic School began their Outdoor Education program in 2007 as a small group of kids ranging from fifth graders to seventh graders.
This program was able to become active due to the support of the Dallas Safari Club and Dallas Ecological Foundation. Their teacher Nathan Wieck volunteered to oversee and teach this program as it was close to his heart. As the year began you could tell the kids were excited about learning all about the outdoors. Since 2007, there have been numerous students achieve certifications in Hunter Education, Boater Education, and Bowhunter Education through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Recently because of St. Mary’s success and ever growing program the Archery Trade Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department donated $2000+ worth of outdoor equipment for Coach Wieck to use in educating the children in the Explore Bowhunting program. This includes using a crossbow, recurve bow, compound bow, how to use properly use an elk call and other calls when hunting. Because of these organizations supporting this endeavor Explore Bowhunting along with Hunter’s Education, Boater’s Education, and general safety in the outdoors are taught to St. Mary’s Catholic School P.E. program.
The Dallas Ecological Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Archery Trade Association, and private donors have made this program a success at the school and this program would not be able to continue without them. If you are interested in learning more about these organization please visit their websites at www.archerytrade.org, http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/archery/index.phtml, and http://biggame.org/def-education/ .