Summer youth program starts in July at Owl Brook Education Center

The Exploring the Outdoors program gives boys and girls ages 10-15 the opportunity to learn about New Hampshire’s wildlife

Information courtesy of NH Fish & Game

If your kids are looking forward to some excitement this summer, registration is now open for the free youth day program, Exploring the Outdoors, being held this July at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness.

This program gives boys and girls ages 10-15 the opportunity to learn about New Hampshire’s wildlife and its identification, habitat, and “signs” such as tracks and scat. Students will spend a short orientation period in the classroom and the rest of the day exploring Owl Brook’s diverse habitat—and the wildlife that make their home there.

Pre-registration is required and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited: to ensure safety and social distancing, enrollment is capped at 12 participants per day so please register early. Registration is simple, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/hunting/owl-brook.html and click on “youth hunting skills” to select the session you would like to attend.

Day programs will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless otherwise noted, beginning July 7 and ending July 30. Tuesdays will be for youth age 10-12, and Thursdays will be for youth age 13-15.

Participants may register for only one session to be sure that all interested youth have an opportunity to attend. Kids should arrive prepared with a bag lunch, water bottle, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, and any required medications—all to be carried in a backpack throughout the day. Please download all required forms and return them prior to attending. Forms are available on the event registration page and can be mailed to Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, 387 Perch Pond Rd., Holderness, NH, 03254 or emailed to Eric.Geib@wildlife.nh.gov.

Course schedule

Week 1: Exploring the Outdoors (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 7 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 9 (13-15 year olds)

Week 2: Exploring the Outdoors (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 14 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 16 (13-15 year olds)

Week 3: Exploring the Outdoors (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 21 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 23 (13-15 year olds)

Week 4: Exploring the Outdoors (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 28 (10-12 year olds)
Thursday, July 30 (13-15 year olds)

“New Hampshire is still a relatively rural state, but fewer young people are taking advantage of outdoor opportunities,” said Tom Flynn, Program Manager at Owl Brook. “The Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is here to inspire youth to become involved in the outdoors. These free, educational summer workshops are a fun way to help them discover what wildlife is all about in the Granite State.”

The mission of the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center is to educate individuals in the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to become safe and responsible hunters, trappers and stewards of the state’s natural resources. Its facilities include shooting ranges, classroom space, and interpretive trails. To learn more about Owl Brook, visit http://www.huntnh.com/hunting/owl-brook.html.

Activities at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center are made possible by Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funds.

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