Soldiers, Families and members of the North Country community are invited to learn more about the great outdoors as the Fort Drum Environmental Division and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County conduct their 2nd Annual Outdoor Adventure Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 on post.
Outdoor Adventure Day will take place in and around Bldgs. S-2507 and S-2509, located off of Route 26 between Great Bend and Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Parking for the event will be off Munns Corner Road, leading to the airfield.
The event will provide an opportunity for attendees of all ages to immerse themselves in a variety of recreational and learning activities geared at awareness and preservation of our local natural resources, said Ray Rainbolt, Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife Program manager.
“The purpose is to offer a free event with activities for the entire family focused on the environment and outdoor activities,” he said. “The idea is to unplug from the indoors as an entire family and experience something together.”
There will be live animal displays, allowing attendees to observe crayfish, frogs and snakes up close. Taxidermist mounts of several different animal species also will be on display.
Demonstrations on outdoor cooking, mining minerals and gardening also will be provided.
Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will give a mining and mineral demonstration. Fort Drum game wardens will present information regarding conservation law enforcement.
In addition, representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners program will teach interested individuals about planting and tending a variety of plant species. Personnel from Watertown’s Sci-Tech Center will provide bubbles for children and will present information on the physics of bubbles.
Smokey Bear will attend to remind children about fire safety practices. Representatives from Fort Drum’s Forest Management Program will discuss wildfires and give attendees an opportunity to spray a fire hose.
Attendees can try their hand at interactive activities such as archery, trapping and marking techniques, wildlife viewing and photography, and much more.
Aspiring anglers can take part in a fishing demonstration, where they can try casting techniques on a variety of fishing rods.
Children 10 year of age and older may test their marksmanship skills on the air pistol range. A climbing wall will be available for attendees weighing at least 45 pounds.
Food will be available for purchase, or attendees can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn.
This outdoor event will take place rain or shine, and attendees should come dressed appropriately for the weather. For further information about Outdoor Adventure Day, visit hhtp://fortdrum.isportsman.net.