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27th annual Discover WILD New Hampshire Day

When: Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord
Cost: Free admission and parking; costs apply for food 
Visit: wildlife.state.nh.us
No dogs are allowed on the grounds unless they are service dogs




Go wild
Discover WILD New Hampshire Day returns

04/27/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Explore all that the outdoors has to offer at New Hampshire Fish and Game’s 27th annual Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, which features wildlife presentations, scavenger hunts, fishing rod casts, archery and BB gun demonstrations and more.

The rain-or-shine event will be held on the department’s grounds in Concord on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“It’s a fun and educational event about how people can be connected to life outdoors,” said Mark Beauchesne, advertising and promotions coordinator for New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Beauchesne said the event first started specifically as an Earth Day celebration but has expanded over the years to include representatives from several types of outdoor and conservation-based organizations. They will appear as exhibitors showcasing informational booths and offering demonstrations. It is New Hampshire Fish and Game’s largest annual community event, drawing close to 10,000 visitors each year.
More than 100 local exhibitors are expected to attend for the duration of the festival. Longtime participants include the state Department of Agriculture, the state division of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the state Department of Environmental Services. But other non-government organizations like the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and the New Hampshire Falconers Association also come to set up shop.
“Most [of the exhibitors] have some sort of educational component that they bring to their booths,” Beauchesne said, “or they might offer hands-on activities or some sort of craft project. The Falconers Association, for example, will bring live birds of prey and talk about different types of species, so that’s always one of the more popular exhibits.”
Another highlight for this year’s festival will be an appearance by cast members of the Animal Planet television series North Woods Law: New Hampshire. The show premiered in early March and follows the daily duties of several Fish and Game conservation officers.
Kids are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win fun takeaways that is meant to also be educational in nature.
“When they first walk into the festival, they’ll get a form with questions to answer that the exhibitors provided about their missions,” Beauchesne said, “and their task is to find the exhibitor that can answer that question and they’ll get a stamp to put down on their sheet. If they can fill the whole sheet by the end of the day they’ll get a prize.”
Beauchesne said the festival is a great time for kids and families of all ages.
“It’s definitely a family outing,” he said. “You might see older teens or high school-aged kids coming who may be interested in this type of outdoors work in the future, so this is actually a great opportunity for some one-on-one time with some of these organizations to ask them questions.”
The exhibitors will be in large tents in the event of inclement weather. 
Arnie’s Place and Puppy Love Hot Dogs, both of Concord, will also be there to supply food for a small fee. 





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