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Archeological Dig Underway on WBWF Property
Shown on the right is a picture of some artifacts that Professor Brian Bates with Longwood University has found on WBWF property in Halifax County. This is only a summary survey to be followed up in the future with a more complete survey dig. Many thanks to Professor Bates, his team, students and Longwood University in Farmville Virginia.
In Search of Sponsors for American Heroes Event Planned for August 23
Our annual American Heroes Day has been scheduled! This year’s event is set for Friday, August 23, 2019, rain or shine. Hours will be 11AM – 7PM.
The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation (WBWF) is proud to host this event to honor the men and women who are or have bravely served our country. This is a way to say thank you to our military men and women and provide them with a day of outdoor fun and camaraderie. In order to make this day more successful, we are seeking support from organizations that share our interest in honoring military service.
The following sponsorship opportunities are available to companies, organizations and the general public to aid us in this effort.
Eagle Level – $5,000
This is the highest level of sponsorship. Eagle sponsors will be recognized as partners on social media and in all press material. Sponsor logo will be added to the WBWF webpage(s) with a link to the sponsor’s website. Sponsor logo will be featured prominently at the event. An Eagle Level sponsor may recruit up to 20 veterans for the event and receive 4 extra guest passes for dinner, along with a gift basket to commemorate the event.
Hawk Level – $2,500
This is the mid-level of sponsorship, and the Hawk Level sponsor will be recognized on the WBWF webpage(s) with a link to the sponsor’s website. The Hawk Level sponsor logo will be featured prominently at the event. A Hawk Level sponsor may recruit up to 10 veterans for the event and receive 2 extra guest passes for dinner, along with a gift basket to commemorate the event.
Foxtrot Level – $1,000
Foxtrot sponsors will be recognized in social media postings related to the event and at the event. Foxtrot sponsors will receive 2 guest passes for dinner and a special gift from the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation.
Mustang Level – $500
Mustang sponsors will be recognized in social media postings related to the event and at the event. Mustang sponsors will receive 2 guest passes for dinner.
Contact our office at 434-476-7038 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Next Generation Outreach to SW Virginia County Schools
The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation has been doing good work in our region since 1996, but now we are reaching out to Southwest Virginia since there are many ways our regions are alike as rural areas of the state.
Our educator spent January – May 2019 delivering our new youth education initiative, called Next Generation Outreach, to the schools in our home region of southern Virginia. The natural resource conservation, environmental science and wildlife message is filled with information that students will be tested on in their science Standards of Learning and reinforces, in a hands-on, exciting and visual way (through taxidermy, antlers, skulls, furs, calls etc), the lesson plans prepared by elementary science teachers.
Our educator traveled over 1200 miles during the first five-months this year, stayed 30 nights in hotels across the region located near the schools where his program was delivered, and had to purchase many meals. During this time, 10,474 students and teachers across the region benefited from our outreach.
Beginning September 3, 2019, our Next Generation Outreach will begin the fall/winter semester of programs in Southwest Virginia. We plan to spend time as follows: 4 days in Smyth County schools, 4 days in Washington County schools, 4 days in Tazewell County schools, 2 days in Dickenson County schools, 5 days in Buchanan, 3 days in Russell County schools, 3 days in Lee County schools, 5 days in Scott County schools and ending with 4 days in Wise County public schools.
We will deliver close to 60 programs in the Southwest Virginia region and reach at a minimum of 6,000 students and teachers.
We welcome support for this outreach initiative.