AWR Prospective Educational Plan
The mission of Alaska Wildlife Rescue (AWR) is to not only help protect and conserve Alaska’s precious wildlife but to also educate adults and children on what our efforts consist of and why they are imperative for preserving Alaska’s diverse and expansive wildlife species. AWR also wants to inspire others to help protect wildlife and assist them in understanding the importance of these animals and the role they play in our environment. From building our very own AWR Educational Center, attending speaking engagements and hosting educational events, we wish to share our goals when it comes to these educational efforts.
Alaska Wildlife Rescue Educational Center
The Alaska Wildlife Rescue Educational Center will serve as a base to congregate all of our educational material. The AWR Educational Center would be a prime tourist attraction, especially for tourists on their way to and from Denali National Park & Preserve. Our focus tourist group moves between Anchorage and Denali National Parks and Preserve, while the Conservation Center focuses on tourists between Anchorage, Whittier and the Kenai Peninsula and the Sealife Center focuses on tourists moving throughout the Kenai Peninsula. In saying so, AWR is in an entirely different tourist demographic. Being in line with this heavily travelled tourist area could benefit additional conservation efforts, with the potential of 600,000 people driving past our center on their way to Denali National Park & Preserve.
Along with the AWR Educational Center being a prime tourist attraction, we will also focus on offering school field trips to the two local school districts. With Anchorage School District having nearly 50,000 students and MatSu School Districts having nearly 19,000 students, AWR can offer an incredible opportunity for students to learn more about Alaska’s native animals, ways in which they can help to protect them and the environment in which they live, the importance of conservation and the opportunity to see some of our rescued animals.
The AWR Center experience will begin with guest entering a state of the art theater where they will be shown a short promotional conservation film which discusses the environmental threats to Alaskan wildlife, AWR’s commitment to help injured or orphaned wild animals and what they can do to help support the conservation efforts. Next, the guests will be directed to view an Educational Display Area with exhibits supporting Alaska Wildlife Conservation as well as a viewing area where they can view rescued animals that may be in residence, the Animal Nutritional Preparation Room, the Emergency Treatment Room and the rescue service vehicles which includes a plane and other modes of transportation used to perform our rescues. Guests can also visit the AWR gift shop, which will contain unique gifts in-line with AWR’s mission and products made in Alaska and by local artists. Most importantly, all proceeds go towards continuing Alaska Wildlife Rescue’s conservation efforts.
National & International Speaking Engagements
Alaska Wildlife Rescue would like to take part in national and international speaking engagements. Keith Lange is available upon request to speak to educate other states and countries about threats to Alaskan wildlife, how pollution has changed Alaska’s marine environment and the efforts we take, as well as what others could take, to protect Alaska’s fragile ecosystem. Speaking engagements are scheduled through Lisa Rae Oshesky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Speaking Engagements
Alaska Wildlife Rescue will also take part in local speaking engagements around Alaska. These events are hosted throughout the year by the organizations and rehabilitation centers we support that were mentioned in the above paragraph. These events are also used to educate the public and collaborate with supported organizations to discuss our efforts to conserve and protect Alaska’s native wildlife and the environment, as well as share rescue stories to give the public an idea of the work we all do on a day-to-day basis.
Alaska Wildlife Rescue is currently accepting donations towards this Educational Plan. AWR does not currently receive any local, state, or federal funding. In saying so, we rely solely on the graciousness of others by donating to our cause. Donations are critical in order for AWR to continue saving the lives of Alaska’s injured and orphaned wildlife. In addition to financial donations, AWR also accepts supply and vehicle donations. Alaska Wildlife Rescue would not be able to save the lives of animals without the help of other local wildlife organizations and rescue centers that we work closely with, so please also consider donating to their life-saving work also. Without them there would be no “us”.