WILD NH Day to be Held Saturday in Concord

Bring the whole family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 10 AM to 3 PM on the grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. This free outdoor festival is fun for all ages – kids can try archery, cast with the “Let’s Go Fishing” program, and create wildlife arts and crafts. Sample a crispy fish fillet or build a bird house. See retriever dogs in action, live animals, big trout, trained falcons and the life-sized “Battling Bull Moose of Fowlertown.” Pick up the latest ideas for conserving energy and protecting our environment, including gas-saving hybrid vehicles and more.

Now in its 23rd year, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day began in New Hampshire in 1989 as an observance of Earth Day and a celebration of the state’s wealth of natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. “We hope you’ll join us to help the N.H. Department of Environmental Services celebrate its 25th anniversary – Earth Day is the perfect time to observe that milestone, at the same time that you play and learn about New Hampshire’s environment, fish and wildlife,” said DES Commissioner Tom Burack.Special presentations and demonstrations will go on throughout the day, including:

  • 10:30 AM: What’s Your Water Footprint?
  • 11:45 AM: Living Wild
  • 12:45 PM: Owls of New Hampshire
  • 1:45 PM: Let’s Paws and Consider…

Tour Fish and Game’s Wildlife Habitat Garden with Wildlife Educator Marilyn Wyzga and learn about Landscaping for Wildlife. Her talk will be offered at 11:30 AM, 1 PM, and 2 PM.

Participate in on-going activities during the event:

  • Visit a mobile DES Air Quality Monitoring Station
  • See retrieval dogs in action
  • Learn to find your way with basic map and compass
  • Practice casting with “Let’s Go Fishing” instructors
  • Become a Junior Conservation Officer
  • Explore the Discovery Room
  • See the Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit (winning artwork by young NH artists)

Under the big tent, talk to exhibitors from more than 35 outdoor, conservation and environmental groups from throughout New Hampshire. It’s a great way to find out how you and your family can have fun and get connected to life outdoors.

Exhibitors at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day range from NH Audubon and Trout Unlimited to the Loon Preservation Center, Safari Club International’s New Hampshire Chapter, the White Mountain National Forest and many more. Meet Smokey Bear and learn about New Hampshire forests and lands. Visit a mobile DES air quality monitoring station and find out how our air and water are being protected. Get an up-close look at alternative-fuel vehicles and bring your questions about these gas-saving cars and trucks.

“People in New Hampshire care deeply about wildlife and conserving their environment,” said Judy Silverberg, the wildlife education supervisor at Fish and Game. “Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a fun chance to explore the many ways you can get involved in outdoor recreation, conserving wildlife and natural places and protecting the environment.”

The event is held rain or shine. A food concession is available from 11 AM to 1 PM. Please note that no dogs are allowed; service animals only.The Fish and Game License Office will be open during the event, so stop by and purchase your fishing or hunting license while you’re at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day. Check out special deals on Fish and Game logo merchandise, including T-shirts and camo hats.Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire and Southeastern Container, Inc.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services works for the protection and wise management of New Hampshire’s environment. Its responsibilities include ensuring high water quality for water supplies, ecological balance and recreational benefits; regulating the emissions of air pollutants; fostering the proper management of municipal and industrial waste; and managing water resources for future generations. Visit their website.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works in partnership with the public to conserve, manage and protect the state’s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit their website.

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