Local Youths to Receive Conservation Training

(Tallahassee) – A conservation field day for local youths will be held Oct. 25 through Nov. 5 at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center, near Monticello.

One thousand sixth graders, 100 per weekday, from schools in Leon and Wakulla counties will visit the center for a full day of conservation activities designed to introduce children to the wonders of nature.

The U.S. Forest Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Get Outdoors Florida!, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Division of Forestry, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center teamed together and received funding for this event though the Forest Service’s “More Kids in the Woods” grant program.

During the conservation field day, youths will participate in activities from “Project WILD,” FWC’s classroom conservation education program. A “Project WILD” lesson will be given in a traditional classroom setting as well, to further strengthen knowledge of conservation principles.

In addition to the educational component at the field day, students will have the opportunity to participate in fun, hands-on activities, including: fishing, archery, constructing turkey or bird calls to take home, and observing a live controlled-burn demonstration.

“More Kids in the Woods” projects are designed to spark curiosity about nature and promote understanding of the role of the nation’s forests and grasslands in providing clean, abundant water, clean air, wildlife habitat and recreation. Project partners are committed to helping children develop a love for the land that will enable them to meet the conservation challenges of the 21st century through healthy lifestyle choices and natural resource careers.

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• From I-10, exit US 19 (Exit 225) in Jefferson County, go south for 4.2 miles. The center is on your right
• From US 27, turn north onto US 19 in Jefferson County and go approximately 1/3 of a mile; look for the center on your left.

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