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Visitors watch a trained falcon presentation at a previous WILD Day. Courtesy photo.




Discover WILD New Hampshire Day

Where: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord
When: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free
Visit: wildlife.state.nh.us




Discover the outdoors
Fish and Game hosts Discover WILD New Hampshire Day

04/16/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Come celebrate spring, Earth Day and New Hampshire Fish and Game’s 150th anniversary at the annual Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, happening Saturday, April 18, and featuring free outdoor festivities that include live animals, demonstrations, sporting activities, crafts, food, exhibits and more.  

“It’s a family-focused, education-focused event for people to have fun and learn about how they can live a better lifestyle in the New Hampshire outdoors,” said Mark Beauchesne, advertising and promotions coordinator for Fish and Game.
Start off the day by signing up for the scavenger hunt. Participants will get a list of clues and questions that will guide them to different exhibits to get the answers. Those who retrieve all the answers will receive a prize.
“It’s a fun way to see the entire event without getting overwhelmed, and learn along the way,” Beauchesne said.
Check out the live animal presentations at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Some animals include owls, trained falcons, a hatchery truck full of big trout and salmon and more. There will also be retriever dog demonstrations at 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Kids will have the chance to participate in a number of hands-on activities, including archery and air rifle shooting, casting, fly-tying and wildlife crafts including how to build a bat box.
If you need a snack to keep you going, stop by the fish fry station for free samplings of fresh fish fillets. Arnie’s Place of Concord will also be selling food and ice cream from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Because it’s New Hampshire Fish and Game’s 150th anniversary, there will be a special exhibit dedicated to the history of Fish and Game. The exhibit will include antique Fish and Game vehicles dating back to the early 1900s, conservation officers dressed in old uniforms, historical photos and artifacts.
For 26 years, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day has been Fish and Game’s largest community event, with a turnout of 5,000 to 7,000 people and over 90 exhibitors.
“It’s huge,” Beauchesne said. “People travel from all over the state because you do spend the whole day. It’s not your average event where you walk around for an hour and see it all. You need all five hours.”  
New this year will be a tent devoted to hunting and fishing exhibitors. New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will be providing information about recycling, hybrid vehicles and other ways to help the environment. You can also plant a tree and learn about fighting forest fires with the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.
Some other exhibitors attending are the New Hampshire Audubon, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, New Hampshire Lakes Association, Little Nature Museum, Trout Unlimited, New Hampshire Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation and more.
Be sure to stop by the tent of the event’s sponsor, Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, and enter a raffle to win outdoorsy prizes.  
“To me, this is the official kickoff of spring,” Beauchesne said. “It’s a great time to see our exhibitors, but it’s really about seeing people have a good time and learn about how Fish and Game connects them to life outdoors.” 
 
As seen in the April 16, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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