Bellevue University Announces Partnership with Habitat Conservation Nonprofit Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
BELLEVUE, Nebraska – Bellevue University, one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, has announced a new partnership with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to provide high school students an opportunity to participate in a non-college credit “Conservation Certificate Program.”
“We’re excited to partner with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever to offer a certificate program at Bellevue University that will expand the nonprofit’s mission to attract a new and emerging audience,” Jim Nekuda, Bellevue University’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, said.
The idea behind the certificate is to create excitement and awareness about a career path in conservation by providing online curriculum and hands-on experience for students from 15 – 19 years of age. Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, the nation’s leading upland habitat conservation group with a strong affinity for outdoor education, acknowledges the new certificate program as a steppingstone to future conservationists throughout the country.
“We developed this self-paced education program to provide high school students the needed tools to help them pursue a career in the conservation space while learning about 21st century conservation issues,” Drew Larsen, Director of Education & Outreach for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, said.
While the certificate program is still in initial phases of development, Dr. Tyler Moore, assistant professor of biology at Bellevue University, said the certificate will be broken into three sections including: Conservation Past, Present, and Future, Upland Bird Biology and Ecology and Conservation Responsibility.
“A big part of this project is to get students outside and in the field whether it be in a rural or urban setting,” Moore said. “We are still in the initial phases of development but look forward to offering this certificate program soon.”
For more information about Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, visit pheasantsforever.org.
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 132,000 members and 760 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent over $900 million on 550,000 habitat projects benefiting 19 million acres nationwide.
About Bellevue University
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 57,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).