Large numbers sign up for Youth Conservation Day

First Posted: 9/13/2009

Close to 150 youth will get to learn more about outdoor recreation and sportsmanship at the Cade Bullins Memorial Youth Conservation Day to take place on Sept. 26.
The deadline to register for the event was Sept. 4, but the Surry County Cooperative Extension Service is still receiving calls regarding the event. Now there are more than 140 youth registered plus a growing waiting list.
The Surry County Youth Conservation Day will be an all-day event at W-4 Farms in Dobson. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event is designed to teach youth about outdoor recreation, environmental education, and sportsmanship safety. This is the first such conservation day to be held in Surry County.
Groups sponsoring the event are Surry County 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Archers for Christ, Surry Baptists Men Association, Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Forestry Service, and W-4 Farms.
There will be a variety of opportunities, said Teresa Wilkins, Surry County 4-H agent and conservation day organizer.
Several hand-ons stations will be set up for the event. Youth will rotate through the stations, spending 45 minutes at each one. The event will also feature side demonstrations of Bird Dogs, recycling, and ATV safety. Informational booths will be set up as well.
At the turkey education station, participants will get to explore the lifecycle of a wild turkey, try turkey calls, and make a turkey call to take home. Volunteers at the archery station will teach participants how to shoot compound and traditional bows.
Kids can learn the basics of how to handle and fire a gun at the shooting range and hunter safety station. There will also be a station for orienteering and hiking safety.
There will be two stations related to fishing, one for fly fishing and one for traditional fishing. Equipment will be provided.
Youth ages 5 through 15 were encouraged to register for the free event, and they did not have to be 4-H members. Each youth must be accompanied by at least one parent. Check-in for the event will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or at 719-1952.

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