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Fourth Annual Youth Outdoor Fest: Most Successful Yet!
Midwest Region, July 14, 2012
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"The Next Brave." A young girl shoots a bow for the first time at the Youth Outdoor Fest at Pettibone Park in La Crosse, WI. Chaseburg Rod & Gun leads one of the archery booths. July 14, 2012 - Photo Credit: Jerry Weigel - La Crosse Camera Club
Eric Hammer (US Army Corps of Engineers) shows a young man how to drive an electric boat at the 4th Annual Youth Outdoor Fest in Pettibone Park, La Crosse, WI.  July 14, 2012.
Eric Hammer (US Army Corps of Engineers) shows a young man how to drive an electric boat at the 4th Annual Youth Outdoor Fest in Pettibone Park, La Crosse, WI. July 14, 2012. - Photo Credit: Jerry Weigel, LaX Camera Club
"Look Dad, I can do this one-handed!" A daughter-dad duo exercise their canoe skills at the 4th Annual Youth Outdoor Fest. July 14, 2012. - Photo Credit: Jerry Weigel, La Crosse Camera Club
Get the Net!  Youth Outdoor Fest July 14, 2012
Get the Net! Youth Outdoor Fest July 14, 2012 - Photo Credit: Jerry Weigel

Every year, the La Crosse Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office partners with the Friends of the Upper Mississippi Fishery Services (FUMFS) and La Crosse Park & Recreation to host Youth Outdoor Fest, a hands-on, free event for kids of all ages. This year approximately 2,500 people attended and visited 30 different activity booths. Many agencies and organizations contributed activities including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey (UMESC), Natural Resources Conservation Service, USFWS - Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District, Trempealeau National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, Genoa National Fish Hatchery, La Crosse Fish Health Center, WI Department of Natural Resources, Chaseburg Rod and Gun, Bluff Country Tale Spinners, La Crosse Camera Club, Trout Unlimited, Coulee Hunting Dogs, Bikes Limited, Coulee Region Adventures, and Naturally Avian.

 

At the Youth Outdoor Fest families have free admission, a free light lunch, and receive a free raffle ticket to win a children’s rod/reel combo. On top of that, there are opportunities for families such as trout fishing, geocaching, electrofishing demonstrations, boat driving, minnow races, identification of live fish, archery, soil science, storytelling, invertebrate investigations, fish cleaning and dissection, canoeing/kayaking, casting games, furs and turtles, mountain biking and much more.”

If you haven’t attended before, make sure you mark your calendar for next year (July 13, 2013) and bring your family. Feel free to contact Heidi_Keuler@fws.gov for more information.


Contact Info: Heidi Keuler, 608-783-8417, Heidi_Keuler@fws.gov
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