GRAND VALLEY – Students can now sign upf or the 16th annual Youth Outdoor Day at Luther Marsh near Grand Valley.
The fun is taking place September 16th this year. The event is free, however students must register beforehand at www.youthoutdoorsday.com by Sept 10th.
Youth Outdoor Board Member Sharon Grose says the day promises fun for everyone.
“Since its inception 16 years ago, over 3,500 youngsters have discovered that learning about the outdoors is fun when the lessons are filled with hands-on opportunities at our unique Youth Outdoor Day. The great outdoors has so much to offer kids, but sometimes they need a little nudge to discover it – whether it is fishing, bird watching, camping or simply hiking and enjoying wildlife. In this age of social media, computers and electronics it’s great to see kids put down their cell phones for a day and embrace the outdoors”
The event was created for kids to introduce themselves to the outdoors. Activities will include bird feeder building, supervised target shooting, wetland habitat rehabilitation and fly fishing. There will also be a number of demonstrations such as the use of retriever and pointer hunting dogs, bow hunting, and a falconry demonstration.
Grose says this event is made possible thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers and everyone is welcome.
“It is thanks to our volunteers who are passionate about their careers and hobbies and come forth to volunteer to share their knowledge that the day is such a huge success! Last year we had 36 station leaders and over 70 volunteers assisting with the day helping to set up the tents, prepare the sites, meal preparation and volunteer to assist with the groups of students as they tour the various stations. Even though it’s billed as a youth event, parents are encouraged to attend and participate alongside their child, and it is great to see families engaging in the outdoors and discovering a variety of activities they can participate in as a family.”