Experience outdoor fun March 5 at Beau Turner youth center
Monday, February 21, 2011
Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Young people looking to get outside on a nice
spring day are invited to attend Beau Turner's Annual Outdoor
Experience on March 5 at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center,
east of Tallahassee in Jefferson County.
The center, operated by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is on U.S. 19 just north of
U.S. 27 and is the state's first privately developed conservation
facility for youths.
The Saturday event is free and open to children of
all ages and their parents. It begins at 10 a.m. and lasts
until 3 p.m. Advance registration is not necessary.
Activities include fishing and casting
competitions; Olympic-style archery; muzzleloader, shotgun and
rifle shooting; K-9 demonstrations; hayrides; and bounce
houses. An FWC law enforcement helicopter, as well as wild
animals, will be on hand so attendees can get a closer look.
Also, three outdoor television personalities will
be there giving demonstrations: exhibition shooter Bill "Badlands"
Oglesby (11 a.m.), 14-year-old hunting sensation Zac Cooper (1
p.m.) and Xtreme Sport Shooter Patrick Flanigan (2 p.m.).
All attending youths will have a chance to win one
of several door prizes, including hunting and fishing gear, a week
of summer camp at the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp or a spot at the
Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center summer hunt camp.
Food will be available for purchase, or attendees
can bring their own sack lunch.
During the event, parents can sign up their 12- to
16-year-old children for free weekend programs at the youth center,
where they can learn about gun safety, archery, fishing, shooting
and other outdoor activities.
Sponsors for the event include the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, the Future of
Hunting in Florida, Florida Division of Forestry, U.S. Forest
Service, United Waterfowlers of Florida, Ducks Unlimited, Florida
Wildlife Federation, Homestead Ministries, Mathews, Mossberg,
Browning, Nikon, Ol' Man Treestands and the Tallahassee Museum.For
more information on Beau Turner's Annual Outdoor Experience, or to
obtain more detailed driving directions to the center, contact
Renee Hays at 850-413-0084, or go to MyFWC.com/BTYCC.