A crowd of about 300 people attended and 140 children participated in the first Outdoor Adventure Day at Fort Drum held Aug. 24 off of Route 26.
Staff from Fort Drum’s Environmental Division and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County partnered to create a free, family-friendly event focused on nature and outdoor recreation.
Other event participants included the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Parks and Recreation and McEwen Library as well as the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Woodsmen’s Team.
The event featured hands-on activities and live demonstrations appropriate for adults and children of all ages.
Activities included a woodsmen’s team competition demonstrations with sawing, chopping, ax throwing, and fire starting; shooting air pistols and Nerf guns on an outdoor range as well as laser-guided rifles in an indoor range; archery; casting various types of fishing rods; learning about trapping; using GPS units to find geocaches; trying out duck and turkey calls; scaling a climbing wall; and tasting a sample of Dutch oven recipes at the outdoor cooking station.
There also were live animals and taxidermist mounts from Fort Drum on display, an arts and crafts tent and attendees were treated to a visit from Smokey Bear.
Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife