By Ann Maki, Sables Life Member and SCI Member
Cub Scout troop #773 from Afton, Wyoming, sat in rapt attention during their recent field trip to our home in Alpine, Wyoming. Their eyes were wide at the sight of the amazing collection of animal mounts and artifacts in our extensive trophy room and their hands on experience with the contents of the Education Sables Hands On Wildlife (HOW) box enhanced their many questions.
They had observations and stories to share while wanting to learn more about animal behavior, predator-prey relationships and habitat issues.
I was gifted a HOW Box three years ago by the SCI Jackson Hole Chapter and have taught more than 500 students in area schools, combining this with tours of my husband Alan‚Äôs trophy room, which provides an ideal classroom setting.
The Box allows you to teach at various age levels, beginning with simple concepts such as predator/prey relationships and progressing to how we can, as future hunters, be true conservationists.
Student interest is immediately sparked by the interactive format of being able to touch an animal, the hide, skull, track and scat replicas. ¬†The HOW Box is an amazing hands-on teaching tool and I‚Äôm not sure who enjoys it more, the teacher or the students! For information about the HOW Box, contact the SCIF Education Department at 520-620-1220, extension 231. ¬†¬†You, too, can WOW students with the HOW Box!