Wyo. Reality TV Show Aims to Get Kids Outside

"Wyoming's Call of the Wild" aims to get more kids interested in hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits.
by | December 19, 2011 AT 3:00 PM

On Dec. 31, the Sportsman Channel is launching a reality TV show to fight the so-called "Nature Deficit Disorder" epidemic that's plaguing technology-consumed Americans. "Wyoming's Call of the Wild," presented by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), will immerse kids from all over the country in the woods and waters of Wyoming, according to KGWN-TV. Hunting and fishing are vital for wildlife management, but have become less popular pastimes over the years. WGFD officials are hoping this 13-episode series will motivate kids and their families to start hunting and fishing -- or at the very least "pick a wildflower," said WGFD's Hilda Sexauer in the show's trailer. The show is hosted by author, lecturer and award-winning teacher Craig Conrad, who won the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer.