Arkansas Wildlife Federation

How to Start a Local Affiliate Wildlife Conservation Club

  1. AWF requires at least 10 individuals to vote to establish a local AWF Chapter in their community, city or county.
  2. Affiliation membership is $50 annually.
  3. Contact Ethan Nahté, Executive Director of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation at (501) 224-9200 – Office to arrange for himself, or someone he appoints, to attend your meeting to discuss establishing a local affiliate chapter.
  4. When these 10 or more individuals, or current AWF members, who live in your community or county have officially voted to establish a local AWF Affiliate Chapter, these members should elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Reporter and Membership Chairman. Some local AWF Affiliate Chapters may combine some officer positions such as the Secretary/Treasurer or the Vice President & Membership Chair, etc.
  5. When a new local group has voted to join AWF as an Affiliate Chapter and have elected officers, the President or another officer of this local affiliate chapter should contact the AWF office, and arrange for Ethan Nahté to set up a meeting to conduct an officers training and planning session.
  6. The first goal of a new local AWF Affiliate Chapter is to conduct an aggressive membership campaign throughout your city, community or county. You should seek someone in every city in your county to serve on your membership team and each city should run a membership campaign in their town. Ethan Nahté will assist you in setting up a membership campaign as well as training the membership team to achieve a successful membership campaign. In fact, AWF will assist your local affiliate chapter in all activities such as the membership, publicity, fundraising campaigns, and setting up conservation projects.
  7. Your Main Goal is “Getting Started Today!” Email AWF today at, or call the AWF office at (501)224-9200.

Please download and complete this form to Get Started

How to Start a Youth Conservation Club

The Arkansas Wildlife Federation is committed to establishing youth conservation clubs in all middle and high schools and colleges throughout the state. Jimmy Reynolds, President of AWF and his wife Melissa, are co-founders of the Youth Conservation Clubs of Arkansas. Jimmy and Melissa Reynolds are working with the AWF state offices to encourage science teachers in middle and high schools and colleges statewide to begin establishing youth conservation clubs. Below are the requirements and expectations of each youth club.

Each youth conservation club must do the following:

  • have at least 10 students.
  • Affiliation membership is $50 annually.
  • have an adult sponsor – preferably a science teacher or parents who would coordinate with the school’s science department and AWF.
  • select and implement at least one environmental conservation project each school year either for their school, city, or county where school resides.
  • develop a public awareness project for its community to stress the importance of protecting our environment – such as clear air, water, and soil.
  • elect and establish the duties of key officers such as: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Reporter.
  • provide to the AWF administrative offices a report of their club activities with photos (when possible) that can be placed in AWF’s statewide newspaper – Arkansas Out-of-Doors

Here is what the Arkansas Wildlife Federation will do for each youth conservation club. After they have secured 10 members or more and filed this list with the AWF office with the $50 membership, AWF will immediately prepare and mail the following materials:

  • Official charter as an approved youth conservation club of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation.
  • Membership cards for each membership submitted.
  • Organizational materials to form a youth conservation club.
  • A planning and information guide called “Conservation Action Guide” written specifically by the National Wildlife Federation to encourage young people to develop local conservation programs for their community.
  • Information on establishing back-yard or School Yard Habitats, an information guide produced by the National Wildlife Federation.
  • Contact information for the AWF state administrative office as well as a listing of the AWF Board of Directors.
  • Receive the most recent issue of the Arkansas Out-of-Door newspaper which in the immediate future will have at least a page about youth conservation club activities.
  • Information brochures about the Arkansas Wildlife Federation giving its history and activities.
  • Arrange a visit by an AWF staff member or member of the AWF Board of Directors to discuss how AWF and each youth conservation club can work together to promote and education local Arkansans on good conservation practices, protecting and enhancing wildlife, and wildlife habitat and to be good stewards of our environment.

The Conservation Education and Information Committee and AWF staff are committed to establishing youth conservation clubs throughout the state during 2008-2009. AWF is exciting and committed to involving thousands students in Arkansas promoting and implementing positive conservation programs at the county, city and community levels.

“Getting Started Today”!

Your Main Goal is “Getting Started Today”! Email AWF today at, or call the AWF office at (501) 224-9200. Download and complete the application form.

Start a Sportsmen Camo Coalition

AWF is the largest and oldest wildlife conservation organization in Arkansas with over 4000+ members in every county in Arkansas. AWF has had a long history of 75-plus years of service in promoting the interests, needs, and programs that benefit hunters and anglers throughout the state. AWF invites hunter and angler clubs and camps throughout Arkansas to become a member of the “Sportsmen Camo Coalition” within the Arkansas Wildlife Federation. Each Sportsmen Camo Coalition club will pay a $50 membership dues or have at least 10 members who agree to pay $5 each to join. Also, if you are in an area without a hunting or fishing club and wish to join the sportsmen camo coalition, you can join as an at-large member which is still only $5 annual membership dues. Through the Sportsmen Camo Coalition, each member will receive the bi-monthly newspaper Arkansas Out-Of-Doors which keeps members informed of key issues and programs impacting Arkansas wildlife and wildlife habitats. Additionally, each Camo Coalition Club and its members will receive special mailings and email alerts from AWF on legislative issues at the state and national levels that impact hunting and fishing practices. AWF encourages local Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs to send in articles for the Arkansas Out-Of-Doors and to keep AWF informed of issues and needs of hunters and anglers throughout the state. These Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs become the eyes and ears of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in promoting, protecting, and enhancing wildlife and wildlife habitats, and the natural resources of Arkansas for present and future generations. There will be an annual meeting of the Sportsmen Camo Coalition Clubs usually held each August during the AWF annual meeting that offers workshops, seminars, and sporting exhibits of interest to hunters, anglers and other outdoor sportsmen. AWF invites hunting and fishing clubs or camps to join the Sportsmen Camo Coalition Club of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation in helping keep Arkansas as “The Natural State.” If you are interested in establishing a Sportsmen Camo Club in your community, call or email Jack Blackstone, Executive Director of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation shown below.

“Getting Started Today”!

Your Main Goal is “Getting Started Today”! Email AWF today at, or call the AWF office at (501)224-9200. Download and complete the application form.

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