CENTER HALL – Although the participation in the youth field day of the Schuylkill County Sportsmen’s Association in the Friedensburg Fish and Game in May suggests otherwise, surveys based on studies by various outdoor organizations show that, on average, children today do not go outside more than desirable Source of recreation.
Indoor and virtual recreational opportunities continue to battle against nature, which is why the great family-themed outdoor picnic is such an important event for bringing children closer to nature. Children have the opportunity to try out the tried and tested outdoor sports of fly fishing, archery and target shooting – as well as to explore the natural wonder of Penn’s Cave and the wildlife park.
Last year what would have been the fifth annual Great Outdoor Picnic fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this year the event takes place on the grounds of Penn’s Cave on Saturday, June 26th, from 11am to 4pm and Wildlife Park take place again. 222 Penns Cafe Road, Center Hall. The Great Outdoor Picnic is sponsored by the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation and offers teenagers the chance to experience fly fishing, BB rifle shooting, and archery.
Representatives from government agencies and organizations including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Pennsylvania Trappers Association will be in attendance to provide valuable tips and information to inexperienced teens and adults .
Hourly draws give away a BB pistol and starter fly fishing rod to a lucky youngster. Other attractions include the chance to build a nesting box for bluebirds, demonstrations highlighting K9 skills in the field, animal carving with chainsaws, and the chance to see and learn about a wide variety of mammals and reptiles. Picnic lunch is free for each adult ticket holder and free for teenagers.
Admission for adults is $ 100 and includes two adults and an unlimited number of children ages 17 and younger. Every adult who buys a ticket will be entered into the super raffle for 71 outdoor themed prizes valued at more than $ 37,000. Prizes include an ATV, kayak, Jon boat, camping gear, handguns, long guns, Cabela’s gift cards, and numerous other items.
The draws will continue throughout the afternoon and the winning tickets will return to the drawing. The raffles start at noon and food is served from 12 noon to 3 pm
Primitive, no-hook camping is available Friday and Saturday nights on the grounds of Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park. Interested groups and individuals should contact the Wildlife for Everyone Foundation office at 814-238-8138. Tickets can be ordered by phone at this number or at www.pfsc.org/picnic-signup.
According to the Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which surveys more than 10,000 residents every five years, the majority of respondents cited mental and physical health as the main benefit of being outdoors. The outdoors is good for our wellbeing, and at a WFEF sponsored sand shooting event, teenage participants aged 17 and under stated that their interest in shooting in the fun, skill and opportunity the sport offers is outside to go rooted and be with the family.
This family event aims to introduce children to outdoor sports. These skills are usually passed down from parents to child in order to pass on a tradition from which much joy has been gained.
Since its inception in 2004, the WFEF’s vision has been to be the premier wildlife conservation advocate in Pennsylvania by giving all wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to show their commitment through much-needed financial assistance to wildlife conservation efforts and education. Since its inception, it has raised millions of dollars to support projects including wildlife and wetland improvement, stream and lake restoration, the Seedlings for Schools program, and educational opportunities for high school students.