Alabama Teacher Named NWTF Educator of the Year


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Buster Padgett received the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Educator of the Year award at the 42nd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

“I am super excited about winning in a national competition but even more excited about the opportunity NWTF is providing for my students!,” said Padgett. “What a difference this grant will make in allowing a new conservation project to become part of the students' education.  The lessons learned will hopefully last a lifetime and promote positive stewardship of our natural resources.”

Padgett, of Eufaula, Alabama, has been teaching for 25 years, conducting many conservation projects with his students, including building wood duck nesting boxes and bluebird houses for a local wildlife refuge. He and his students also have participated in annual lake cleanups and with the local National Archery in the Schools Program. Since 1994, he has helped more than 1,000 students obtain their hunter’s safety certification.

“Although a love of the outdoors many times begins at home, we could not Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. without teachers like Buster introducing so many youngsters to our hunting heritage in the classrooms,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “His dedication and commitment to teaching students a love for the outdoors is inspiring.”

The NWTF determined this year’s award winner based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698