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Judy Silverberg, NHFG: (603) 271-3211
Jane Vachon, NHFG: (603) 271-3211
Jim Martin, DES: (603) 271-3710
April 9, 2008

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day

Bring the Family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, April 26

CONCORD, N.H. -- Celebrate Earth Day by bringing the family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day -- Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on Hazen Drive in Concord. Admission is free! This festival is fun for all ages -- try archery or cast with the "Let's Go Fishing" program. See retriever dogs in action, big trout and salmon in a real stocking truck, trained falcons and battling bull moose. Check out gas-saving hybrid vehicles and ideas for conserving energy and protecting our environment. Hands-on activities abound - you can build a duck box, tie a fly or learn to find your way with a map and compass. Arts and crafts for the kids. Ongoing exhibits, presentations, walks and demonstrations all day.

New this year, and on view for the first time south of the notches, "The Ways of the Woods Traveling Museum," housed in a 53-foot semi-trailer, offers a look at the rich culture and history of the Northern Forest and the changing relationships between people and the land across northern New England.

"New Hampshire people care deeply about conserving their environment," said Judy Silverberg, a wildlife educator at Fish and Game. "Come to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day and have fun learning how you can help maintain our wildlife, natural places and outdoor activities."

This year, Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

"Discover Wild N.H. Day is a can't-miss opportunity for a great family fun day," said DES Commissioner Tom Burack. "Come play and learn about New Hampshire's environment, fish and wildlife and the boundless nature opportunities that we can all enjoy here in New Hampshire."

At the event, more than 35 outdoor, wildlife, environmental and conservation groups from throughout the state will present exhibits and demonstrations exploring all that's WILD about New Hampshire, including the Loon Preservation Center, Seacoast Science Center, Trout Unlimited, N.H. Lakes Association, Great Bay Discovery Center, N.H. State Parks, the Little Nature Museum and N.H. Audubon. Meet Smokey Bear and learn about New Hampshire forests and lands. Find out how you can help protect the state's air and water quality by visiting DES exhibits on watersheds, wells, dams and household hazardous waste. You can also get an up-close look at alternative-fuel vehicles and take a free tour of the DES air quality monitoring station.

Special presentations will go on throughout the day inside Fish and Game headquarters:

  • 10:15 a.m. Wildlife Photography Basics -- With professional photographer Alan Briere.
  • 11:15 a.m. Why Do Animals Do That? -- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • 12:30 p.m. New Hampshire Wildlife: Slimy, Slithery and Flighted -- NH Audubon
  • 1:45 p.m. Please Turn Off the Lights! -- Wildlife Encounters Zoo

Nature walks, tours and demonstrations add to the fun:

  • What's In Your Pack? -- 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
  • Landscaping for Wildlife: 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
  • Air Quality Monitoring Station Tour (NHDES): Ongoing
  • Retrieval dog demonstrations: Ongoing
  • Basic compass instruction: Ongoing
  • Casting practice with "Let's Go Fishing" program experts: Ongoing
  • Discovery Room & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit: Headquarters building, lower level

Help support Fish and Game by buying your fishing or hunting license -- the license office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Discover WILD New Hampshire Day. Stop by the Fish and Game merchandise table, offering a popular line of logo hats, shirts, lunchboxes and more. Many new items!

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a rain or shine event. A food concession will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2008 marks the 19th year Discover WILD New Hampshire Day has been held. The event began in 1989 as an observance of Earth Day and a celebration of the state's wealth of natural resources and outdoor opportunities. More than 5,000 people attended last year's event.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) works for the protection and wise management of New Hampshire's environment.  Its responsibilities include ensuring high water quality for water supplies, ecological balance and recreational benefits; regulating the emissions of air pollutants; fostering the proper management of municipal and industrial waste; and managing water resources for future generations. Click to visit

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works to conserve, manage and protect the state's
fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.


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Looking for some family fun?  Come to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 to 3 at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord.  It's free!  See big trout, retriever dogs and trained falcons.  Try archery, casting; build a duck box or tie a fly.  Crafts for kids!  Meet more than 35 exhibitors from environmental, outdoor and conservation groups across the state.  Fun for all ages!  Visit

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