Florida Youth Field Day Promises Family Fun

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Florida Youth Field Day Promises Family FunAll school-age kids and their families are invited to a free outdoor program called the Youth Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Ocala Conservation Center in the Ocala National Forest.

The event is free and includes a chance to try shooting a shotgun, rifle and bow and arrow, as well as fishing, canoeing and kayaking – all with expert instruction.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Heart of Florida Chapter of Buckmasters and numerous partners are holding this hands-on program for the first time and hope to make it an annual event. 

“The Youth Field Day is a great chance for kids of all ages, and their parents, to come out to a beautiful setting in the forest and learn several outdoor activities under the watchful eyes of experts,” said Greg Workman, director of the FWC’s Ocala Conservation Center and event co-organizer.

In addition to the hands-on activities, there will be live programs by the Florida Division of Forestry Fire Safety Clowns, FWC K-9 Bubba and his partner Officer Jeff Gier, interpretive historical displays about the Civil War and the Mountain Men, door prizes and lunch. The first 70 kids to sign up get free membership in the National Wild Turkey Federation Jakes Program.

“Our goal is to give families a better appreciation of the many fun, safe and healthy outdoor recreational activities and opportunities available,” Workman said.

For more information on the Youth Field Day call Workman at the FWC Ocala Conservation Camp, 352-625-2804.