New youth conservation center hosts 3-day family event
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
It's all about getting children outside and connected with
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in
partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District
(SWFWMD), recently hosted a three-day event to educate youngsters
June 3-5, nine families came together to experience the real
Florida at the Flying Eagle Youth Conservation Center, near
Inverness (formally the McGregor-Smith Scout
The children were able to take an active part in helping manage
conservation lands by participating in a closely supervised hunt
that helped remove a number of feral hogs, which negatively impact
land and water conservation efforts.
"This is the place where kids can come to play for real," said
Boy Scouts of America Gulf Ridge Council executive George
The event kicked off with presentations by FWC Commissioner
Richard Corbett, SWFWMD Board member Doug Tharp, and McGovern. FWC
law enforcement officers and hunter safety staff also interacted
with the families.
The second day, FWC educator Barbara Gugliotti presented a water
conversation class for the participants between the morning and
evening hunts, when six hogs were harvested. The largest hog was
harvested Sunday morning, tipping the scales at nearly 300
"It is almost impossible to articulate the benefits of this
weekend, but those nine kids truly made a connection with nature in
unimaginable ways, while creating new friendships that will last a
lifetime," said Corbett.
The Flying Eagle Youth Conservation Center became part of the Florida Youth Conservation
Centers Network in December 2010. The next steps for the new
center include the formation of a local advisory committee. Each
partner will have two representatives on the committee, which will
begin meeting in July and once every month thereafter.
If you are interested in learning more about the Flying Eagle
Youth Conservation Center, please contact Barbara Gugliotti at Barbara.Gugliotti@MyFWC.com
or visit the website at FYCCN.org.