Discover WILD New Hampshire Day

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day
#Kids learn to cast with "Let's Go Fishing" program instructors.NHFG

Bring the whole family to enjoy Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. Admission is free. This 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." You'll pick up lots of ideas for conserving energy and protecting our environment, including gas-saving hybrid vehicles and more. New this year, the "Wonders of Watersheds" exhibit from the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge will be on display. Ongoing exhibits, presentations and demonstrations throughout the day.


"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."

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.

"This event is a great opportunity for family fun and celebrating the outdoors," said DES Commissioner Tom Burack. ?Come play and learn about New Hampshire?s environment, fish and wildlife and the boundless natural opportunities that we can all enjoy here in New Hampshire."

Discover WILD N.H. Day showcases more than 35 outdoor, wildlife, environmental and conservation groups from every corner of the state. Stroll through exhibits under the big tent and throughout the Fish and Game grounds and enjoy demonstrations, talks and hands-on activities exploring all that?s WILD about New Hampshire. Groups range from the N.H. Wild Turkey Federation and N.H. Audubon to Trout Unlimited and the Loon Preservation Center. Meet Smokey Bear and learn about New Hampshire forests and lands. Find out how to protect the state?s air and water quality by visiting DES exhibits on watersheds, wells, dams and disposing of household hazardous waste. Get an up-close look at alternative-fuel vehicles and take a free tour of the DES air quality monitoring station.


Special presentations will go on throughout the day inside the Fish and Game headquarters building:

  • 10:15 a.m.: Wildlife Photography Basics ? Alan Briere, professional photographer
  • 11:15 a.m.: Going Green and What Does It Mean? ? Department of Environmental Services
  • 12:00 noon: Why Do They Do That? ? Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • 1:00 p.m.: Owls of New Hampshire ? New Hampshire Audubon
  • 2:00 p.m.: Visitor from the North ? Granite State Zoo

Nature walks, tours and demonstrations add to the fun:

  • What?s In Your Pack: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:30 p.m.
  • Landscaping for Wildlife: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

Participate in on-going activities throughout the day:


  • Take a free tour of the 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 & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit

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 new Fish and Game official merchandise, including hats, shirts and more!

Get your copy of N.H. Fish and Game's humorous new book, "The Best of Warden's Watch," with real-life adventures of Conservation Officers, illustrated by cartoonist Will Staats, for $9.95 at the Conservation Officers Relief Association (CORA) booth. Sales benefit CORA and Fish and Game.

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. This will be the 22nd year the event has been held. The event is held rain or shine. A food concession is available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please note that no dogs are allowed; service animals only.

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 www.des.nh.gov.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state?s fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit www.wildnh.com.

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