National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife University
Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future through online learning and guidance to encourage action at home, at work, at school, and in your community.
In the early 1900s, there was no nationwide constituency to support wildlife conservation. Many people cared about wildlife conservation, but nobody was organized in any fashion to provide educational resources and opportunities and to advocate or influence policy decisions. In the words of National Wildlife Federation’s founder Ding Darling, "Wildlife doesn't vote and neither do conservationists…" Darling dreamed of a federation promoting conservation interests, encouraging social diversity, and demanding action from Congress. His dream became reality in 1936 when he convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to convene more than 2,000 hunters, anglers and conservationists from across the country to the first North American Wildlife Conference in Washington, DC. There, the General Wildlife Federation (later changed to the National Wildlife Federation) was formed with the idea of uniting sportsmen and all outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts behind the common goal of conservation. Through the Wildlife University online learning platform, NWF is building on the foundation that Ding Darling established, and advancing our mission to inspire American’s to protect wildlife.