The Red Rock Chapter on the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual JAKES event at the Georgetown Settlement Camp in Thornhurst on Sunday, April 21. This event is open to children ages 5-17. If your child loves the outdoors and would like to learn more about the fun things there is to do, then this is the event for them. Some of the classes offered include archery, fishing skills, treestand safety, outdoor cooking, and turkey calling just to name a few. This event is open to the first 150 responders so get your reservation in now. Cost of the event is $15 and includes a one-year membership, lunch, all the classes and a goody bag at the end of the day. For more information contact Chastity King at 472-1190.
The Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club will host an open house on April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If your child is interested in joining a team to promote the shooting sports, sportsmanship, teamwork and learning safe firearms handling under adult supervision, this event is for them. Parents or guardians with children from grades 5-12 are welcome to join.
The club has chosen to participate in the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation this year by recruiting interested youth members from the community to join its sporting clay’s team.
The volunteer coaches will be on the grounds to meet and greet the parents and youth, and registration opportunities will be available. There is a $40 registration fee for each shooter. If interested in participating but your child is unable to attend the open house, call John Hegedty at 881-9288 to get the necessary forms. Deadline is April 17.
Nescopeck State Park will host Plant for Conservation: Trees to Protect Water Quality on Wednesday April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join Vincent Cotrone from the Penn State Extension office to learn how planting trees can improve water quality. You will learn which native trees work best to benefit both local wildlife and aquatic communities. There will be free 2-3 foot trees and tree shelter give aways at the end of the program. The program is free. To register, call 403-2006. The program is sponsored by WREN (Water Resources Education Network), Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership and Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Committee.
The Wildlife Leadership Academy seeks applicants ages 14-17 for an educational program focusing on wildlife conservation and leadership development. Participants attend five-day field schools and apply their knowledge through year-round service and outreach in their communities. Two field schools will be offered this year: Pennsylvania Bucktails focuses on white-tailed deer and will take place at Stone Valley Recreation Area in Petersburg, Huntingdon County, on June 18-22. Pennsylvania Brookies focuses on brook trout and coldwater fisheries, and will take place at Sieg Conference Center in Hermitage, Clinton County, on July 9-13.
Participants learn about wildlife and fisheries biology, habitat management, research techniques and nature photography through classroom and field experiences. They develop communication and leadership skills through team-building activities, educational presentations, and mock town hall meetings.