Education

Inspiring Understanding and Appreciation

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we have been taught.”—Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist 

Return to Freedom provides national education and advocacy as well as a wide spectrum of experiential programs both on the range, and at Return to Freedom’s, American Wild Horse Sanctuary.

All ages can get involved and learn through sensitive observation of the natural world. Return to Freedom firmly embodies the philosophy that education is the most potent catalyst for transformational change. Through Herd Observation, Living History Tours, Wild Horse Photo Safaris and a variety of programs, Return to Freedom offers the public an opportunity to learn directly from the horses in “nature’s classroom”.

Our programs are designed to awaken our instinctual intelligence and connection to the natural world so that we may all participate in restoring balance to ourselves, those around us and the environment that sustains us all. For things to change, a new human being must emerge.

The story of each horse at the sanctuary is emblematic of tens of thousands more and is a testimony to why we remain committed to work on solutions that protect America’s remaining wild horses on their rightful rangelands.

Education provides the social and cultural awareness needed to support advocacy for policy changes that protect the interest of wildlife species and their habitats.

National Education and Advocacy

Return to Freedom advocates nationally:

  • To ban horse slaughter and the sale and transport of horses for slaughter
  • For Wild Horse Conservation: For the re-direction of funds from expensive and traumatic wild horse and burro captures, removals and warehousing – to- multi-pronged approach to apply solutions to manage wild horses on the range.
  • To rescind the 2005 “sale authority” amendment to the 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act

RTF has been an effective and leading voice for change by leveraging our solutions focused approach and pioneering management model at the sanctuary, to educate and engage the public in the issue.

RTF speaks nationally, meets with legislators and reaches tens of thousands of people annually through media, conferences, programs and events, galvanizing support for the issue from politicians, leaders in the film, music and corporate industry.

In 2004, after an investigation by land and air into some of Nevada’s wild horse herd management areas, RTF launched the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC). The Campaign has become a powerful and effective grassroots voice for our wild horses.

In 2014, RTF launched Wild Horse Rangers Advocacy in Action to engage youth and the public in wild horse observation on the range, witness roundups and empower citizens to advocate on behalf of wild horses and range solutions.

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