ASHLAND COUNTY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION LEAGUE
Each year this special event draws
approximately 400 kids ranging from the ages of 6-12 years of age. There are two
sessions with 200 participants in each session , which is divided into four
groups. These groups include fishing , archery, BB guns, and exhibits. The most
important thing expressed to these youths as they go from station to station
with their group is the safety of the outdoors and the safe handling of some of
the equipment used prior to the activity.
The fishing takes place on two trout ponds
stocked with approximately 400 trout. There is a volunteer assigned to help with
one participant and that participant is allowed to take the trout caught home
The archery session involves the
Ashland Bowman. In this session the
participants shoot compound bows at balloons.
The BB gun shoot takes place on the
muzzle loading range on the Conservation Farm. At this session there was a
variety of targets for the participants to shoot .
The exhibits were mostly educational
and related to the outdoors including the Division of Wildlife, Ashland County
Pheasants Forever with a dog retrieving demonstration. There was also the
Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America which had a small archery range. The
Cub Scouts troop from Lucas had a display on scouting. The Ashland County
Park District set up a display on information on the counties Parks along with a
reptile display. Other displays included the Ashland County DARE and the Ohio
native wildlife and fish taxidermy display.
At the closing of the two sessions , each
participant was awarded of their choice of a fishing pole , BB gun, or a bow and
arrow and a voucher for related accessories of what they chose as their gift
when they signed up. Also included was a hat, a free issue of the Ohio Valley
Outdoor News, and a potted white pine to take home and plant. These choices of
gifts were provided by the Fin-Feather-Fur and the Pheasants Forever of Ashland
purchased the trees.
This program was initiated by members of the ACWCL who thought there was a need for outdoor knowledge or activity to be introduced to the children of the community or families that may not have outdoor knowledge or would like to know more of the outdoors. Beginning in January each year , volunteers start gathering donations for their sponsors of the event. Sponsors and numerous sportsman clubs and conservation groups come together to sponsor this event which is the largest event of its type in Ohio. This event is not just for Ashland County Residents. There have been kids from area counties that have participated, some kids have come every year since they were 6 years of age to the age of 12. There have also been some of those kids through out the years of participating ,who are now volunteers of the event. One must pre- register for the month of May to take part of this child hood memory one will be sure to always remember.
If you wish to Sponsor The ACWCL Kids Day you can do so by:
The buttons on the left are links to Sponsor information and the Program Book add application. Both are in Adobe Acrobat (ver 6 or higher req.) , the application can filled in online then printed or printed then filled by hand. Remember to print 2 copies, one for your records.
Co. Wildlife Conservation League (ACWCL)
Co. Rd. 1035* Ashland, Ohio 44805
Outdoor Day is a planned outing to allow our kids to experience a
"taste" of the fun of fishing,
casting, shooting, archery, turkey calling, and hunting dogs while in the
company of experienced sportsman. This dream has been a pet project of many
veteran outdoorsmen for years. The
organization and real implementation of this event has involved area sportsman
clubs, area businesses, wildlife personnel, and individual volunteers all
wanting to share their outdoor skill and knowledge
with the young people. The A.C.W.C.L.,
know to many as the Ashland County Conservation
Farm, located on Co. Rd. 1035, will again host this event. The A.C.W.C.L. is a
non≠profit Ohio corporation
registered as EIN-34-0010629. The Kid's Outdoor Day event offers two sessions
to enable one-on-one supervision and guidance. Past years sponsors and
volunteers helped to provide this experience for 350+ kids and their parents
events offered at each session are:
Fishing Derby- Fishing available to all entries in the farms freshly stocked
Instruction-Learn to shoot a compound bow from expert bowmen.
Gun Shoot-Learn basic gun safety and get to shoot a real B.B. gun with
to teach you how to hit the target.
Demonstration-See how the pioneers
and defended their homes and shot
black powder guns.
Casting-Learn how to fly fish.
Tying-Learn how to tie your own flies and identify hatches from fishing pro,
Training- See hunting bird dogs perform. Learn how to begin training your dog.
Calling-Learn how different types of calls work.
Sponsors are needed to raise money to help pay expenses required to make this day memorable for our area youngsters. Toward this goal we are soliciting sponsors that will be willing to purchase and ad in our printed program.
sportsmen in this area are famous for their generosity and commitment. This
event bonds together area outdoor groups and business uniting them toward one
goal, a fun out-of-doors day for our
us to build on the success of last years event by sponsoring your ad in this
years program. It's tax deductible and a great investment in preserving the
future of our outdoor heritage.
you for your participation in the future of our youth's outdoor experience!