RAPID CITY, SD (March 25, 2024) –National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) is sponsoring the Outdoor Heritage Education Center (OHEC). The Wisconsin-based charitable nonprofit OHEC brings traveling conservation exhibits to schools, clubs, county fairs, sports shows, and other venues. Each year over 150,000 visitors interact with the free, hands-on exhibits. OHEC is celebrating 25 years of outdoor education success and relies upon volunteers and sponsors to spread its conservation messages.

“NBEF is happy to support educational organizations like OHEC,” said NBEF Executive Director Marilyn Bentz. “We share a common mission to educate and encourage people to participate in conservation efforts. OHEC’s traveling trailers offer a particularly engaging opportunity to get people of all ages excited about animals and conservation. OHEC reminds visitors that, unlike a museum, its exhibits can be touched.”

“OHEC is excited to begin working with NBEF. NBEF’s a great organization that does so much to support ethical hunting and conservation efforts,” explained OHEC Executive Director Ruth Ann Lee. “We appreciate its support. People will see NBEF’s whitetail 3D shot placement model in our exhibits and the NBEF logos on our six trailers that are circulating all year long throughout Wisconsin.”

NBEF helps bowhunters be safe, successful and stewards of the sport. NBEF offers bowhunting instructional items, books, videos, 3-D models, apparel and more at nbef.org.

About NBEF
The National Bowhunter Education Foundation offers instructional content and tools for bowhunter education classes in the US. Helping bowhunters become safe and successful hunters and stewards of the sport are important NBEF missions. NBEF provides the bowhunter certification standards and class content that some states and certain circumstances require in order to bow hunt. NBEF provides instructor training and certification.

NBEF oversees the International Bowhunter Education Program and works with the International Hunter Education Association and state agencies to coordinate a unified program. States may have additional requirements. Europe and other countries accept the NBEF (IBEP) certification and conduct classes.

NBEF also oversees the International Crossbow Education Program and works with state agencies responsible for crossbow education to develop comprehensive online crossbow safety courses that teach students important laws and regulations, game identification, and safe, responsible handling of crossbow equipment.
NBEF is a 501(c)3 corporation that isn’t a membership-based organization. Tax-deductible donations to support this non-profit are welcome.

Learn more at nbef.org.

About Outdoor Heritage Education Center
OHEC was founded in 1998 by Mark LaBarbera to connect people and resources. OHEC volunteers and donors have helped launch clay target teams, school archery, explore bowhunting programs and learn to hunt opportunities in a number of Wisconsin schools. OHEC is an active leader in recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) efforts that fit with its mission to help pass along our outdoor heritage to future generations who are losing touch with the natural world, and to increase the public’s understanding, appreciation, and sense of stewardship for natural resources and related activities like fishing, hunting and other shooting sports. See www.OHECyes.org or email RuthAnn@OHECyes.org.

Kim Emery, Firefly Publicity, kim@fireflypublicity.com