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What's In Outdoors

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The What's in Outdoors Fund is very much involved in funding programs that promote firearm safety and responsibility through the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism hunter education program and Lyon County 4-H Shooting Sports.  In some areas, public education and other community based programs often do not give these activities the support they need.  WIO has also partnered with Fishing's Future to do an aquatic education program like none other by donating funds and scholarships to Camp Alexander Summer Camps and hosting Vamos A Pescar "Let's go Fishing" days. 


Our Mission is to encourage youth, families, people of all ages to get "Outside for a Better Inside!"  Our programs feature "hands on learning skills" and are designed to connect young and old alike to the Wonders of the Great Outdoors in both a consumptive and non-consumptive fashion.

Families sharing these experiences are able to create a bond and catch smiles and memories to last a lifetime!

We also offer two, one thousand dollar scholarships to high school seniors and college students attending or with intent to attend a Kansas college, majoring in photography, journalism or broadcasting and want a career in promoting, conserving, and protecting our natural world.


What's in Outdoors, inspired by Jane Reeble and Clint Bowyer's "Gift of Giving' and his  family's love of all things wild established in 2012 by Phil Taunton.  Since 1995, Phil and a team of dedicated volunteers have emphasized the importance of  getting Outside for a Better Inside and have won numerous local and national awards for their efforts.

What's in Outdoors and its volunteers are very involved with traveling, teaching, and encouraging others to reconnect with Nature.

WIO clinics and workshops offers a variety of themes and interests: from wildflower recognition and youth aquatic education programs including fishing to hunter education, shooting sports, firearms safety and responsibility. 

What's in Outdoors supports our veterans and people with special needs, who otherwise would not be able to enjoy being outside.

In collaboration with Emporia State University's Kansas School Naturalist series, Phil wrote a booklet called "Last Child on the Prairie".

It talks about the shifting of interest from our natural world to one reliant on technical satisfactions. It gives important links parents and teachers can visit to learn more about introducing their students, children to our natural world.  The book was inspired by the book "Last Child in the Woods" written by Richard Louv. 


In the era of technology, where a young and old spend most of their time in front of a screen, What's in Outdoors wants to make a difference in the life of those who have lost interest in the outdoors. 

The What's in Outdoors Fund wants to help young and old alike disconnect from technology,  reconnect, conserve and protect our natural world. 



                                                                         Together we can make a difference in a young person's life!


Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can't expect them to protect and care for it--David Suzuki



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Emporia KS 66801
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