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July 3, 2012

GREEN BAY - Summer time is a great time to get out and enjoy the benefits of Wisconsin's outdoors. But outdoor recreation specialists say it can be tough for some kids to know where or how to begin.

Young boy fishing
Fishing was one of the outdoor activities offered to kids from the Green Bay Boys and Girls Club.
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That's where a new program comes in. More than two dozen kids from the Green Bay Boys and Girls Club spent an afternoon at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve last Friday.

BB gun shooting
Boys and Girls Club members learned safe firearms handling at the BB gun range.
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"They learned about the outdoor activities Wisconsin has to offer, improving their understanding and appreciation of our natural resources, and making good stewards of our environment," explained Andy Lundin, a conservation warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Students made their way around five hands-on stations designed to help them discover fishing, hunting, boating, navigating with a compass, identifying invasive species and plants, and learning about the different careers in natural resources.

"The goal here is to give these kids an overview of what's out there. Many may have never been in a kayak or a canoe, grabbed a fishing pole, or learned how to identify plants," Lundin said.

This is the first year of the program which is a cooperative effort among the Wisconsin DNR, Brown County Parks Department, and the Green Bay Wildlife Animal Sanctuary.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andy Lundin - 920-662-5434 or Trish Ossmann - 920-662-5122

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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