At Impact Outdoors, our mission is to impact communities through education, conservation, and meaningful outdoor opportunities. We are a nonprofit charity (501C3) that provides youth participants with education through activities related to conservation, the environment, habitat management and improvement, biology of native flora and fauna, data collection, agriculture, and overall stewardship of the land. We are passionate about the outdoors and believe that the best way to share that passion and protect native resources is by teaching others about the outdoors. We strive to impassion the next generation of conservationists and stewards of the land while also giving back to our nation’s veterans with once in a lifetime hunting opportunities. Impact Outdoors is made up of myself, my wife Phoebe, our one-year-old son Carter, a few board members, a group of dedicated friends and volunteers (many of whom are veterans who have benefited from Impact Outdoors hunting opportunities), and the private landowners who graciously allow us to utilize their properties for the purposes of our mission. We are currently funded through private donation and grass-roots fund raising. I was raised in New Mexico from an early age and developed my love for the natural resources here as my passion for fishing evolved to waterfowl hunting up and down the Rio Grande River. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education because the target audience for this program is elementary age children and by having a foundation in formal education techniques, I will be able to best serve the kids that participate in this program. Our educational content is set to Next Generation Science Standards and to provide an effective curriculum and program structure, it is vital for me to have a well-rounded educational foundation and to learn as much as I can about subject matter but also about teaching strategies, available resources, and lesson plan development. We want the youth that come to our workshops, community days, and other program events to learn the importance of protecting and improving upon the land. We want them to take pride in their contribution to the environment within their community. We want them to recognize that conservation takes involvement. We want them to understand that the habitat that they improve upon benefits not only them but also generations that follow them, the community, and the veterans that have served this country and may hunt over the same land.