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March 27, 2009

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day

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Bring the Family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, April 18, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. -- Celebrate Earth Day by bringing the family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day -- Saturday, April 18, 2009, 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 - kids can try archery, cast with the "Let's Go Fishing" program or do wildlife craft projects.  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.  Throughout the day, enjoy ongoing exhibits, presentations, walks and demonstrations. Visit www.WildNH.com for details.

"This is the 20th year for this fun-filled, educational event.  The enthusiasm people have for New Hampshire wildlife shows that they care deeply about conserving their environment," said Judy Silverberg, a wildlife educator at Fish and Game. "Join us on Discover WILD New Hampshire Day as we celebrate our wildlife, natural places and outdoor activities."

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is 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 N.H. Sportsmen's Alliance Trailblazers, the Loon Preservation Center, Trout Unlimited, Amoskeag Fishways, Appalachian Mountain Club, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, the Little Nature Museum, the N.H. Wildlife Federation 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. 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.  Animals on the Move -- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  • 12:30 p.m.  Whose Eyes Are These? -- NH Audubon (with live turtles, frogs and owls)
  • 1:45 p.m.  Please Turn Off the Lights! -- Wildlife Encounters Zoo

A popular stop at last year's event, the Northern Forest Center's Ways of the Woods Traveling Museum will be back again this year.  This exhibit is housed in a 53-foot, walk-through trailer, providing 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.

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

The Fish and Game License Office will be open during the event, so stop by and purchase your fishing or hunting license while you're at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day.  Check out Fish and Game logo hats and clothing in summer colors at the Fish and Game merchandise table.  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. 

2009 marks the 20th 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. Visit www.des.state.nh.us.

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

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Looking for some free family fun and a chance to celebrate Earth Day?  Come to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, Saturday, April 18, from 10 to 3 at New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord.  See live animals, big trout, retriever dogs and trained falcons.  Try archery, casting, or build a duck box.  Crafts for kids!  Meet more than 35 exhibitors from environmental, outdoor and conservation groups across the state.  Fun for all ages!  More details at WildNH.com.

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