On a spring day in 2016, the International Wildlife Museum hosted its 3rd Annual Outdoors Day at SCI Headquarters in Tucson, AZ. The event is committed to getting people excited and informed about current outdoor recreation activities, including hunting. The event allows families to experience firsthand outdoor activities, including archery, BB gun shooting, horseback riding as well as learn about wildlife science and conservation.
The SCI Arizona Chapter, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, United States Forest Service and Arizona State Forestry were just a handful of the 13 organizations that came to participate in the event. Staff set up an outdoor archery range giving the visitors opportunity to try archery–many for the first time. The archery station was extremely popular! Many people came back multiple times. Parents and their children waited in line to try archery even after the event was over. The Huachuca Gould’s National Turkey Federation had an inflatable BB gun station giving kids the opportunity to shoot at a turkey. Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and the Boy Scouts had a knot tying station, along with information on their programs. Edwin Collazo donated two pyro art pieces for the museum to auction, benefiting SCIF museum education programs.
In total, 943 visitors attended Outdoors Day, making this the most successful Outdoors Day, yet! Kids were leaving excited about archery, shooting a BB gun, riding a horse and wanting to know when the next Outdoors Day event would be.
The SCIF International Wildlife Museum, located in Tucson, AZ, is the world headquarters office for Safari Club International. The museum is an education facility of SCIF. It features more than 400 taxidermy animals from around the world. The museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge of and appreciation for, the diverse wildlife of the world, as well as educating explaining and promoting sustainable use wildlife management and the role hunting plays.