Judy Silverberg: (603) 271-3211
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Jim Martin: NHDES: (603) 271-3710
March 12, 2010
NOTE TO MEDIA: Print-quality images of previous Discover WILD New Hampshire Day events are available for publication. Download from www.WildNH.com/Events/DWNH_Day.html.
Celebrate Earth Day!
Bring the Family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, April 17
CONCORD, N.H. -- Celebrate Earth Day by bringing the family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day -- Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. Admission is free. This outdoor festival is fun for all ages – kids can try archery, cast with the “Let’s Go Fishing” program, and create wildlife arts and crafts. Sample a fish fillet or build a bird house. See retriever dogs in action, live animals, big trout, trained falcons and the "Battling Bull Moose of Fowlertown" life-sized exhibit. Check out gas-saving hybrid vehicles and other ideas for conserving energy and protecting our environment. Exhibits, presentations and demonstrations throughout the day. For more information, visit http://www.WildNH.com.
“This is the 21st year for this enjoyable educational event in New Hampshire and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day nationally," said event coordinator Judy Silverberg, the wildlife education supervisor at Fish and Game. "People in New Hampshire care deeply about wildlife and conserving their environment. Come to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day and discover the many ways you can get involved in outdoor recreation, conserving wildlife and natural places and protecting the environment.”
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.
“This event is a great opportunity for family fun and celebrating the outdoors," said DES Commissioner Tom Burack. “Come play and learn about New Hampshire’s environment, fish and wildlife and the boundless natural opportunities that we can all enjoy here in New Hampshire.”
Discover WILD N.H. Day brings together more than 35 outdoor, wildlife, environmental and conservation groups from every corner of the state. Stroll through exhibits and demonstrations exploring all that’s WILD about New Hampshire, ranging from the Appalachian Mountain Club, the N.H. Wild Turkey Federation and N.H. Audubon to Trout Unlimited, the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge and the Loon Preservation Center. Meet Smokey Bear and learn about New Hampshire forests and lands. Find out how to 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 – Alan Briere, professional photographer
- 11:15 a.m.: It's Easy Being Green – Department of Environmental Services
- 12:00 noon: Nature’s Technology – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
- 1:00 p.m.: Whose Eyes Are These? – New Hampshire Audubon
- 2:00 p.m.: Please Turn Off the Lights! – Wildlife Encounters Zoo
Nature walks, tours and demonstrations add to the fun:
- What’s In Your Pack: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:30 p.m.
- Landscaping for Wildlife: 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.
Participate in on-going activities throughout the day:
- Take a free tour of the DES Air Quality Monitoring Station
- See retrieval dogs in action
- Learn to find your way with basic map and compass
- Practice casting with “Let’s Go Fishing” instructors
- Become a Junior Conservation Officer
- Explore the Discovery Room & Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit
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 new Fish and Game official merchandise, including hats, shirts and more!
Discover WILD New Hampshire Day began in New Hampshire in 1989 as an observance of Earth Day and a celebration of the state's wealth of natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. More than 5,000 people attended last year’s event. The event is held rain or shine. A food concession is available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services 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.nh.gov.
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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:30 radio PSA
RADIO PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Air through April 17, 2010
Celebrate Earth Day – and spring! – at a free family fun event coming up soon. Come to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 17, from 10 to 3 at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in Concord. See live animals, big trout, and trained falcons. Archery, casting and wildlife crafts for kids! More than 35 exhibitors from environmental, outdoor and conservation groups will be there. Fun for all ages! Find out more at WildNH.com.
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