Traditional Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) feature 8-hour days and lots of driving. This Youth CBC is specifically for kids. There is no driving, and the count lasts just 2.5 hours. Teams of kids ages 8-16 will be led by experienced birders as they search the fields and forests of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center for birds. After lunch, kids can present their findings and we will have a birds of prey presentation.
Looking for a way the whole family can enjoy the outdoors? Come to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s (CEWC) JAKES Day Saturday, May 20! This FREE fun-filled event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CEWC Discovery Area in Mansfield, and will be held rain or shine.
Fishing together with your child and family can build some powerful memories, so make this a summer to remember! Don’t know how to fish? No problem. There are plenty of on-site volunteers providing assistance at the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer. These events take place in locations where kids are likely to catch fish and are surrounded by people with like-minded interests, which help reinforce the positive experience.
Please go to the Application Procedures to read all the requirements to fill out paperwork for our summer camps
New themes and new experiences await this year's summer campers! Come explore all our camps have to offer!
Wildlife Resources Division is pleased to continue its series of programs focusing on the development of hunting skills and conservation knowledge.
By Terry W. Johnson
Have you have noticed that pumpkins mean different things to different people? For a child, pumpkins represent jack-o’-lanterns and Halloween. Homeowners, on the other hand, consider bright orange pumpkins to be ideal fall yard decorations. To those among us who enjoy fine food, pumpkins conjure up thoughts of pumpkin pie, stew, soup and roast pumpkin, and other delicacies. Unfortunately, few think of pumpkins as a source of food for wildlife.
By Terry W. Johnson
Now that school is out, kids throughout the state have lots of free time until classes resume in August. This provides a golden opportunity for parents and grandparents to nurture in children what the famous author and environmentalist Rachel Carson called a sense of wonder – a deep, abiding appreciation of the plants and animals with which we share the world.
Got a young artist residing in your home? Be sure to encourage them to enter the annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest. This contest is open to kids in Grades K-12, but the deadline for entries is March 31st – and you have to enter to win!
Students across the United States and internationally have the opportunity to win prizes and recognition while learning about state-fish species, behaviors, aquatic habitats, and conservation. Using art, the State-Fish Art Contest ignites children’s imagination while teaching them about fish and fishing.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) exists to introduce school-age youth to the shooting sports and to facilitate their continued involvement by providing opportunities to safely and enjoyably participate and compete in a team-based sport led by trained adult coaches focused on enhancing the personal growth and development of their athletes.