Young people interested in wildlife and the outdoors are invited to join staff from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and local conservation groups to learn about a variety of topics related to wildlife management and stewardship during Junior Hunter Field Days on June 2 in Sudlersville and June 16 in Princess Anne.
“This is an opportunity for Maryland youth interested in wildlife activities to discover and connect with their natural world,” said Patricia Allen, information & education program manager for DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service. “It gives children the chance to become involved in the management of our natural resources and to learn about hunting and the important role it plays in wildlife conservation.”
Young people with an interest in hunting, shooting sports, and wildlife and fisheries management will work closely with DNR and local conservationists in a safe, mentored setting. Participants will learn about natural resources stewardship, wildlife and fisheries biology, and safety and ethical conduct in the field. They will also have the chance to watch and try activities such as archery, sporting clays, turkey hunting and fishing. DNR will provide all the equipment and certified instructors will oversee all shooting activities.
The events will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The events are free and open to ages 8 to 16. Participants and their parents will also be provided with lunch. Preregistration is required and limited to the first 100 applicants, so interested youth should register early. More information or registration is available by calling 410-260-8545 for the Sudlersville event or 410-219-8418 for the Somerset County event, or visiting dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Education/youth/Jr_Hunter_Field_Days.asp .