Wild Birds Unlimited Offers Scholarships to Audubon Summer Camps

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    Wild Birds Unlimited Helps Connect Underserved Children With
    Nature

    CARMEL, Ind., March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today’s children are
    spending an average of seven hours a day on electronic devices,
    depriving themselves of the emotional and physical benefits that come
    from bonding with nature. For this reason, Wild Birds Unlimited, the
    original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and
    nature specialty stores, and the National Audubon Society, one of the
    nation’s leading conservation organizations, are teaming up to offer
    scholarships for children to attend a week of summer camp. Wild Birds
    Unlimited and Audubon share a belief that when children spend quality
    time outside, it can have a lasting, positive impact on their personal
    lives and the future of our great natural heritage.

    The Wild Birds Unlimited Pathways to Nature for Kids initiative has
    granted $260,000 to the National Audubon Society for scholarships since
    2007, helping more than 1,400 kids attend summer camp. With this year’s
    grant, at least 125 underserved children will have the opportunity to
    connect with nature and learn more about their environment. Parents and
    caregivers should apply now to give their children the opportunity to
    attend one of these camps.

    “Today’s youth spend less time outside than any previous generation,”
    said Jim Carpenter, CEO and Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited. “With
    these scholarships, we are helping underserved children spend part of
    their summer having fun by exploring nature.”

    Wild Birds Unlimited began partnering with Audubon in 2007 when the
    idea to offer camp scholarships came from a book written by Richard
    Louv entitled, Last Child in the Woods. In this book, Louv explains the
    Nature-Deficit Disorder(TM) among our nation’s all too wired youth.

    “What I liked about Audubon Camp is that it feels so good to be outside
    and play in the dirt,” said Xavier who attended the Aullwood Audubon
    Center and Farm camp last year. “It was a chance to learn new things
    and meet new people. On the last day, we even got to feed a Red-tailed
    Hawk.”

    Scholarship eligibility is determined by each Audubon Center. For more
    information about general registration, camp programs and scholarships,
    visit the Audubon website
    (http://education.audubon.org/programs/audubon-camps).

    ABOUT WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED

    Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of
    backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275
    locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited
    specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding
    and nature products, expert advice and educational events. Visit our
    Web site and shop online at www.wbu.com. To learn how you can open your
    own Wild Birds Unlimited, visit www.wbufranchise.com.

    ABOUT NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY

    Now in its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature
    and the environment that supports us all. Our national network of
    community-based nature centers, chapters, scientific, education, and
    advocacy programs engage millions of people from all walks of life in
    conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit
    Audubon online at www.audubon.org.